Floyd L. Brons, 87, of Outlook passed away on Monday, April 19, 2010, at his home from cancer.
He was born July 31, 1922 in Gleed to Hans and Effie Dayton Brons.
He moved with his family to Zillah when he was four years old. He was back and forth between Zillah and Lower Naches during his elementary years. His family moved to Granger in 1938. He graduated from Granger High School in 1940.
After graduation, he worked at the Bremerton shipyards until he returned to the Yakima Valley to take over the family farm.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army in May of 1944. He met Margaret Loranz in August of 1943. They married on Nov. 27, 1944, at his parents' home in Yakima. He left a week later to begin a tour of duty in the Philippines. He was a decorated veteran for his courageous actions in the Pacific Theater, earning a Bronze Star. He was later wounded at Corregidor for which he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Heart. When he returned to the states he was hospitalized in the Walla Walla Veteran's Hospital until November of 1945, when he was transferred to Madigan Hospital at Fort Lewis until March of 1946.
After being honorably discharged he returned to Yakima to work at the Cameo Flower Shop for one year. Then he moved to Outlook to farm with his family. While farming he worked at various Sunnyside businesses.. In later years he was maintenance supervisor at the Prosser Seneca, Mt. Valley and U.S. Grape. Through his farming years, he raised many crops including sugar beets, mint, pigs and grapes, his biggest joy being grapes.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret Brons of Outlook; his four children, Leon and Gayle of Outlook, Steve and Bonnie of Bonney Lake, Linda and Jim McKeirnan and Peggy and Steve Herres of Pomeroy; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-great grandchildren with two on the way; one great-great-grandchild with one on the way; one sister, Ora and Leslie Hansen of Yakima; sisters-in-law, Marie St. George, Anne Evans, Cecilia and Ray Hunt; good friends, Lloyd and Phyllis Bruhn and Jim Meyers; and many nieces and nephews all of which he had fond memories.
Services with military honors will be held Monday, May 3, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside. A dinner will follow at Sunnyside VFW.
Memorials may be made to Sunnyside VFW or to Lower Valley Hospice.
Condolences may be sent to www.valleyhillsfh.com.
Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.