Everett "Wayne" Fields, 85, of Grandview passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, at Yakima Regional Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Feb. 13, 1925 in Fayetteville, Ark. to James Arthur and Sarah Katie (Allred) Fields.
Wayne received his early education from Greenland Elementary near Fayetteville. Wayne continued his education, becoming fluent in Spanish in his later years.
On Aug. 28, 1943 he married Alfreda Owens in Springdale, Ark.
Wayne worked for local processing plants and also Upland Wineries from 1947 until 1950. In 1960 Wayne began his employment at Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District, where he worked as a ditch rider until his retirement in 1985. Wayne was a man of many talents and interest. He loved music, carving, painting, hunting upland game, photography, gardening, woodcarving, stagecoaches and trains. He also spent time as a reading tutor at the ESL program and as a county courthouse historian. All of his interests and talents won him numerous awards at local fairs.
He was a longtime member of Grandview Assembly of God Church.
He is survived by his loving wife, Alfreda Fields of Grandview; one daughter, Pat (Jim) Bailey of Spokane; one grandson, Brandon Bailey of Seattle and one granddaughter, Holly (Rodney) Taylor of Spokane; four great-grandchildren, Milan Bailey, Leena Bailey, Bailey Taylor and Cooper Taylor; one brother, Homer "Gene" Fields of Cashmere; and one sister, Wanda (Jay) Fulfer of Springdale, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Willis Fields, James Fields and Dale Fields; two sisters, Irene Russell and Sylvia Neu; two sisters-in-law, Gertrude Fields and Margie Fields.
Viewing and visitation will be held today, Nov. 29, 2010, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at 11 a.m., at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Private family graveside services will be held at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.
Those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grandview.
Those wishing to share their memories or sign Wayne's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com