Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Vernon "Vern" Stottlemyre, 95, a longtime Mabton resident, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Mountain Vista Nursing Home in Toppenish. Vernon was born Feb. 5, 1916 in Licking, Mo., the son of J. Frank and Ora (Campbell) Stottlemyre.
In 1937 he married Lorene Ellen Miles in Texas County, Mo., and following their marriage they made their home in Hazelton, Mo. and later in Portland, Ore.
The Stottlemyre's later moved to Albany, Ore., where Lorene and Vern owned and operated a restaurant for three years before moving to South Carolina, where Vern worked on the Savannah River Project.
In 1954 the family moved to Mabton, where Vern worked as a pipefitter at various construction sites in the Northwest and Alaska. He was a member of Local #598.
He was a member of the Baptist Church.
Vern enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, sports and was so proud to watch his sons, grandchildren and great- grandchildren participate in sporting activities, from Pee Wee league to the professional baseball league.
Vern loved all animals, dogs, cats and especially watching and feeding the squirrels.
He is survived by one daughter, Joyce Lawrence of Logan, N.M.; two sons, Mel (Jean) Stottlemyre of Seattle and Jeff (Ellen) Stottlemyre of Naches; 12 grandchildren, Mel Stottlemyre Jr., Todd Stottlemyre, Keith Stottlemyre Jr., Kent Stottlemyre, Kevin Stottlemyre, Sonya Stottlemyre, Loretta Finch, Mark Lawrence, Ray Lawrence, Roy Neal Lawrence, Ryan Stottlemyre and Haley Stottlemyre; and a number of great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene Stottlemyre in 1994; an infant daughter, Ruby Faye Stottlemyre; one son, Keith Stottlemyre; a grandson, Jason Stottlemyre; two brothers; and three sisters.
Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, from noon to 7 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Mabton Cemetery.
Those wishing to honor Vern's memory may contribute to the Alzheimer Association.
Those wishing to sign Vern's on-line memorial book or write a note to the family may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.