Wayne Hogue, 91, of Prosser passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2010.

Wayne was born Feb. 4, 1919 in Buhl, Idaho to Frank and Lena (Palmer) Hogue. Wayne received his early education in Buhl.

At the age of 10 he with his family moved to the Benton City area, later settling in Grandview, where he continued his education graduating with the class of 1937. Following high school, Wayne worked for Yakima Chief Ranch.

On Feb. 22, 1941 he married Shyla Stone at her family home between Grandview and Prosser. In June of 1942 Wayne and Shyla moved to Walla Walla, where Wayne became employed at Union Pacific Railroad as a brakeman working 16 hours a day.

In 1944 they returned to Prosser, where Wayne began work for Amos Brulotte as foreman for the hop ranches. In early 1946 Wayne began work for R. E. Powell in Grandview later returning as foreman for Brulotte Ranches.

In 1949 Wayne and Shyla purchased 40 acres of hops which eventually would grow into several thousand acres of hops, beets, wheat, potatoes, cherries, grapes, wine grapes and cattle.

The Hogues took great joy in seeing their farming ventures grow and prosper through the years.

Wayne served on many boards over the years including Roza Irrigation, Home Security Bank, Prosser Memorial Hospital, Lower Valley Golf Association and Holding Corporation and most recently, Prosser Memorial Hospital Foundation. Wayne was also elected Mayor of Prosser serving for eight years and was awarded Prosser outstanding citizen in 1989-1990. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge El Katif Temple, Prosser Rotary Club and Shriners.

Wayne enjoyed golfing, farming, raising animals and had an avid desire to nurture plants and crops while watching them grow.

He is survived by his two sons, Gary (Claudia) Hogue of Issaquah and Michael (Dora) Hogue of Prosser; six grandchildren, Kent Hogue, Kristi Borlund, Jeffrey Hogue, Barbara Harle, Leslie Karr and Riley Hogue; eight great- grandchildren, Krystal Hogue, Cody Hogue, Chloe Hogue, Cole Borlund, Cade Borland, Rachel Harle, Ryan Harle and Kathryn Hogue; one great-great-granddaughter, Jessica Hogue; and special family friends, Ken Carter and Connie Hogue.

He was preceded in death by two brothers; and three sisters.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Wayne's memory may contribute to Prosser Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Memorial services will be held Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Prosser First Presbyterian Church.

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

Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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