Dewayne Leon VanNieuwenhuizen, 44, of Yakima went to be in the arms of his Savior on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

Dewayne was born on May 8, 1967 in Phoenix, Ariz., the son of Delmar and Darlene (Franklin) VanNieuwenhuizen. He received his education in Granger.

Dewayne worked with his father cutting fire wood. On Nov. 30, 2006 he married Ruthelda Arkills in Yakima. Dewayne enjoyed the mountains, fishing, drawing, music, especially playing the guitar, riding motorcycles and spending time with family.

He is survived by his wife, Ruthelda VanNieuwenhuizen of Yakima; two sons, Billy and Travor VanNieuwenhuizen; one brother, Dean VanNieuwenhuizen (Teana) of Granger; two sisters, Doreen Vanderpool (Gaylord) of Granger and Donna Dodd (Randy) of Yakima. He is also survived by his mother, Darlene Morey of Granger, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Delmar VanNieuwenhuizen.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory is in charge of cremation.


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