Clayborn Edward Heard, 82, of Prosser entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at Prosser Memorial Hospital.
He was born Sept. 6, 1930 in Marshfield, Ore. He was raised and educated in the Tri-cities and in Prosser, attending Prosser High School.
In 1947 Ed enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for 24 years and then six years in the Naval Reserves. Ed was a veteran of three wars, the occupation of Japan during WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
In 1951 Ed and Ethel Edith Rice were married in San Diego. The couple made their home in Prosser in 1970, where Ed owned and operated Heard's Upholstery.
Ed was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3207 in Prosser for many years. He currently was vice commander of the Lower Valley Honor Guard, providing military funerals for veterans. He was also a member of the American Legion for 20 years and the Prosser Eagles lodge.
Ed enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Ed is survived by his wife, Ethel Edith Heard of Prosser; his sons, Eddie (Catherine) Heard of Prosser and Francis Cary of Kennewick; one daughter, Edith (Gary) Kirkpatrick of Missouri; five grandchildren, Michelle Yeary and Susan Yeary, both of Missouri, Robert (Ammie) Heard of Kennewick, Alice (Scott) Perkins of Prosser and Sarah Heard of Yakima; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Nel Black.
Private family graveside services will be held at Prosser Cemetery. Full military honors and a time of remembrance will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Prosser Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Prosser VFW.
You may sign the on-line guest book and leave a message of condolences at www.prosserfuneralhome.com
Prosser Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.