Following a 40-year battle with skin cancer, carcinoma, lymphoma and basil cell cancer, Aurel A. Coder, 88, went to be in the arms of his Savior on Wednesday, May 20, 2009.

Aurel was born July 24, 1920 in Ulysses, Kansas, the son of Edward A. and Emma (Hildabrand) Coder.

On May 21, 1942 he married Lucille Campbell in Prosser.

Aurel worked at the Hanford Project, Granger Clay and Brick Yard. He retired from Fosseen of Yakima in 1982.

He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and working in his grapes.

Aurel enjoyed woodworking, fixing clocks and cherished time with his family and his two canine companions, Tina and Benji.

He was a member of the Teamster Local 524, Granger Jsycee's and Granger volunteer fire department.

Aurel is survived by the love of his life of 67 years, Lucille Coder of Granger; two daughters, Karen Jarvis (Al) of Moxee and Judy Coffman (Paul) of Yakima; one son, Larry Coder (Marlene) of Grandview; three sisters, Pearl Stelling, Mammie Nash and Lavonda Thompson, all of Sunnyside; three brothers, Ernest Coder and Gene Coder, both of Yakima and Bill Coder of Las Vegas, Nev.; 17 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Edward Coder; a daughter, Sharen Coder; and three grandchildren, Justin Coder, Nisha White and Andy Rich.

Viewing and visitation will be held today, May 26, 2009, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to honor Aurel's memory may contribute to the American Cancer Society.

Those wishing to sign Aurel's online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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