J. Anthony "Tony" Prins, 93, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Sunnyside.
Tony was born Oct. 22, 1919 in Andijk, Netherlands to Nanne and Catherine (Mantel) Prins.
Tony received his early education and graduated from high school in the Netherlands.
He served in the Dutch military during WW II.
On Sept. 14, 1944 he married the love of his life Jane Ethel Trompetter in Andijk, Netherlands. The couple immigrated to the U.S. in March of 1949, settling in South Dakota. They then moved their family to the Yakima Valley in 1958, where he spent his working years as a dairy farmer.
Tony and Jane were deeply devoted to one another sharing 68 years of marriage.
Tony loved water fowl, carving and painting decoys and birds. He also cherished the time spent with Jane traveling in the couple's RV. They loved to see the Oregon Coast, Lake Easton and Mount Rainer.
He was a life-time member of the Christian Reformed Church and spent many years in leadership roles as deacon and elder. He was also a member of the board of directors for the Production Credit Association and Mayflower Farms.
Tony is survived by his loving wife, Jane Prins of Sunnyside; his children, Norm (Alynne) Prins and Clarence (Carla) Prins, both of Snohomish, John (Patsy) Prins of Granger, Catherine Bergvinson of Vancouver, British Columbia and Wendell (Brenda) Prins of Walla Walla; 14 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Jacob Prins of Artesia, Calif.
He was preceded in death by two brothers; and four sisters.
Viewing and visitation will be held today, Nov. 5, 2012, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Faith Community Church in Zillah.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to the Union Gospel Mission in Yakima.
Those wishing to sign Tony's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.