Billy M. Anderson, 78, of Elma and a former Sunnyside resident, passed away on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at his home.

Bill was born Sept. 28, 1931 in Galena, Kansas, the son of Charlie and Pearl (Hamm) Anderson. Bill received his education in Kansas.

Bill served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. Following his military service, Bill returned to Sunnyside, where he met and later married LaVeta Rogers in 1952.

Bill worked for the U&I Sugar plant in Toppenish. He worked on the construction of many dams on the Columbia River with Mid Mountain Construction.

In 1979 Bill moved to Elma, where he founded M&L Ice Business.

He was a former member of the Sunnyside Eagles and VFW.

Bill enjoyed race cars and was a driver at the Sunny Grand Speed Way in Sunnyside.

He cherished time spent with his grandchildren and loved to remodel houses. Many Saturday nights were spent at the Star Light Drive Inn in Sunnyside with a car load of kids, a gallon of A&W Root Beer and homemade popcorn.

Bill is survived by two sons, Darrell Anderson of Clallam Bay and Bob Anderson of Kennewick; five daughters, Doris Willy of Toppenish, Beverly Ried (Steve) of Kennewick, Darlene Merry (Vaughn) of Sunnyside, Debra Anderson and companion, Lee, of Grandview and Denise Willy and companion, Heath, of Yakima; two sisters, LaDonna Plunket of Corsicana, Texas and Maxine Graves of Kennewick; one brother, Don Anderson of Joplin, Mo.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, LaVeta Anderson; one brother, Darrell Anderson; one sister, Wanita Anderson; one son, Dewayne Anderson; two granddaughters, Amanda Marie Willy and Kimberly J. Merry; two grandsons, Junior Bowers and Thomas Merry; and a special friend, Melvin Rottemeier.

Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, at 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with burial to follow with military honors at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to honor Bill's memory may contribute to Lower Valley Hospice.

Those wishing to sign Bill's online memorial book may due so at

Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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