James C. Mulrony, 90, a longtime Sunnyside resident, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 in Sunnyside.

James was born Jan. 29, 1919 in Thorton to Ray L Mulrony and Helen Gean (Chase) Mulrony.

He received his education in Whitman County rural school of Cashup through the eighth grade.

Then the family moved between Ewan and St. John, where he attended four years of high school in Ewan. He worked on farms in the St. John and Ewan areas from 1937 to 1941. He entered the U.S. Navy Jan. 24, 1941 and received an honorable discharge on Nov. 26, 1946.

In March of 1947 he moved to Bickleton and worked in a sawmill in Cleveland until 1950. In 1950 he went to work for Clarence McBride farming and share cropped until August of 1954.

On Aug. 23, 1953 he married Bettie N. Peirce and adopted her son, Charles. Following their marriage, they made their home in Bickelton, while he continued to work and share crop on the McBride farm until 1954.

Then they moved to Sunnyside and in February of 1955 James went to work on the Hanford Reservation until July of 1987. He was employed by G.E., United Nuclear, ITT, and Exxon Nuclear. He worked in the area for a total of 32 years.

In his spare time he had his own upholstery business and always had a backlog of customers patiently waiting to have their chairs and davenports recovered.

He was a charter member of the Lower Valley Elks Club #2112, Alder Creek Grange member and very active in the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club, in fact he was Kiwanian of the year several years in a row.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and small projects around home.

He is survived by his son, Charles Mulrony and wife Cheryl; longtime friend, Darlene Spek; one sister, Helen Lusby and family; one brother, Jack Mulrony and family; his granddaughters, Cindy Reynolds and Christy Weland; two stepgranddaughters, Kristi Pace and Brigit Cleary; and five great-grandchildren, Hana Reynolds, Kevin Weland, Jessica Pace, Gavin Severson and Garret Severson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sunnyside Museum or your favorite charity.

A private interment will be held on Friday, July 17, 2009.

The family will be hosting a celebration of life on Saturday, July 18, 2009, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at RC's in Sunnyside.

Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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