Harry Edward Belieu, 74, of Yakima went to be in the arms of his Heavenly Father on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010.

Harry was born Dec. 13, 1935 in Mabton, the son of Clyde and Frances (Nance) Belieu.

He received his early education in Mabton and later graduated from Yakima High School in 1955.

Harry served in the U.S. Army for two years.

On Jan. 20, 1961 he married the love of his life Lillian Sanders in Vermontville, Mich.

In the spring of 1961, Harry and Lillian moved to Yakima. Harry began working as a mechanic for various warehouses in the Valley including Holtzinger and later retired from Forney Fruit in 1985 due to failing health.

He attended Bethel Nazarene Church in Yakima.

In his younger years, Harry enjoyed cutting wood, hunting with Kenny Berry, sturgeon fishing on the Columbia with Oscar, John Henry, Frank, and sons Don and Glen.

Harry loved working in his vegetable and flower gardens. He cherished time spent with his nine grandchildren. Harry is survived by his wife, Lillian Belieu of Yakima; two sons, Donald Belieu Sr. (Melinda) of Yakima and Glen Belieu (Sharon) of Selah; one daughter, Velma Amundson (Shannon) of Yakima; nine grandchildren, Jessica Custer (Bill), Jenny, Donald Jr., Tyler, Jodee and Aubrey Belieu, Ele Belieu, Stephanie (Steven) and Dominic Amundson; brothers, Marvin and Dean Belieu; sisters, Mary Butler and Marion Leonard, all of Yakima; special sister-in-law, Kay Andrus of Jackson, Mich.; aunt, Edith Nance of Yakima; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Alice Belieu, Esther Morse and Cleone Berry; and two brothers, Albert and Jesse Belieu.

Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with burial to be held at Mabton Cemetery. A Celebration of Life dinner will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Bethel Church of the Nazarene, 1103 W. Mead Avenue, Yakima.

Those wishing to honor Harry's memory may contribute to the DaVita Kidney Dialysis Center, 1221 N. 16th Avenue, Yakima, WA. 98902.

Those wishing to share their memories or sign Leo's online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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