Severiano Reyes Jr., 70, a loving husband, father and grandpa, was called home on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, in Sunnyside.

Severiano was born April 25, 1941 in Alamo, Texas to Severiano Sr. and Concepcion Reyes, where he attended Catholic school with his brothers and sisters.

On Aug. 5, 1961 he married the love of his life, Aurora, in Salem, Ore.

He worked for years alongside his family picking various crops then worked for Southern Pacific Railroad Co. in Oregon until they moved to Washington, where he worked for Del Monte in Toppenish until he retired in 1995.

His hobbies included reading, watching football and boxing, watching anything on the History channel, Hallmark, Nat'l Geo channels, listening to his Tejano music, talking on the phone with his brothers and sister, gardening, going to the casino and simply sitting at the table and shooting the breeze with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Aurora Reyes; his children, Ruben (Rosemarie) Reyes and Irma Reyes, all of Mabton and Ricardo (Jessica) Reyes of Hermiston; his grandchildren, Daniel, Robert and Damian, all of Mabton, Elisa, Savannah and Isaiah, all of Hermiston; two great-grandchildren, Destiny and Alicia Janae, both of Hermiston; four brothers, Luciano Reyes, Julio Reyes, Feliz (Maria) Reyes and Juan Antonio (Juanita) Reyes; and a sister, Paulina (Reynaldo) Solis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Roberto; a daughter, Alicia; three brothers, Leopoldo, Crespin and Guillermo Reyes; and two sisters, Juaquina Fernandez and San Juanita Rodriguez.

"This was my temporary home, it's not where I belong. Windows and rooms that I'm passing through. This was just a stop on the way to where I'm going. I'm not afraid because I know this was my temporary home."

Viewing and visitation will take place Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to sign Severiano's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home Ltd and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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