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Obituary: JOHN MEEK

John "Jack" Meek, 86, of Sunnyside passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family. Jack was born Sept. 17, 1926 in Tacoma, the son of Joseph and Bertha "Blanche" (Clay) Meek. Jack was raised and received his education in Orting. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952, and was stationed in Korea. On Feb. 17, 1951 he married Ramona Marie Meek in McKenna. Jack worked for John I. Haas, Inc. from 1948 to 1963, managing hop farms in Independence, Ore., Lillooet, B.C., Notus, Idaho and Toppenish. Together, they bought a farm in the Mabton area in 1963, where they raised grapes, hops and asparagus until retirement in 1989. Jack was an avid outdoorsman who had a lifetime love of hunting and fishing. The highlights of his year were annual elk hunting trips to the Blue Mountains and salmon fishing trips to Alaska. Jack is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ramona Meek; five children, Katherine (Tom) Moore and Steven Meek, both of Prosser, John (Sharon) Meek of Beaverton, Ore., Deborah (Ken) Aman and Mary Lynne Meek, both of Spokane; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Roland "Barney" Meek, Gerald Meek and George Meek. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Gene Meek and Wilbur Meek; and two sisters, Betty Meek Guyette and Peggy Meek Nybo. The family would like to thank the staff and friends at the 10-4 Cafe in Grandview, where he spent many enjoyable retirement hours, and to the staff at Life Care Center of Richland for their care and support. Those wishing to honor Jack's memory may contribute to the Alzheimer's Association or to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, July 29, 2013, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Grandview, with graveside services at 10 a.m. at East Prosser Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Grandview. Those wishing to sign Jack's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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