Lawrence "Spot" G. Valandry, 79, of Plymouth, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, at Kadlec Medical Center, Richland
He was born Sept. 1, 1928 in Martin, S.D., the son of Paul and Eleanor (Clifford) Valandry. Spot served in the United States Army during the Korean War, after which he moved to Washington state. Over the years he worked as a sewing machine repair specialist, Carnation milk delivery man and sewage treatment plant operator. He later owned and operated several businesses, including Sunnyside Sanitation, Valandry Used Cars and Valandry's Used Furniture Store. He also drove bus for the Sunnyside School District. After retirement he and Joyce relocated to Arizona for three years, and enjoyed many travels in their motor home. They later returned to Washington and made their home in Plymouth. Spot loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of the Elks Club, Eagles and lifetime member of the VFW.
Spot is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joyce Valandry of Plymouth; and three daughters, Linda Killingstad and husband, Jim, of Richland, Gail Stopp, and husband, Bill, of Kennewick, and Susan McClintock and husband, Steve, of Plymouth; five grandchildren, Codie Arias, Heather Stopp, Michelle Chandler, Sean and Samatha McClintock; one great-granddaughter, Leila Arias; two brothers; and two sisters.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, at 11 a.m. and a time of fellowship from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Sunnyside Eagles. An inurnment will be held at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside.
Those wishing to share their memories or sign Spot's online register book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com. Donations may be made to the charity of donor's choice.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.