John Cecil


Feb. 25, 1918 - Jan. 18, 2010

John W. Cecil, born Feb. 25, 1918, passed away at Providence St. Mary Medical Medical Center on Jan. 8, 2010. He was born in Dayton to Glen W. and Mabel Rockhill Cecil. He completed grade school at the Bundy Hollow School, riding horseback about two miles each way. He graduating from Dayton High School in 1935 and was on the football team all four years. He attended Whitman College one fall.

He married Maxine Mills of Waitsburg, on Oct. 19, 1941, at her parents' home. They made their home in Walla Walla until he went into service in November 1942. He served in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps in the China, Burma, India Theater. They kept the trucks and heavy equipment operational to transport supplies and equipment to the troops building the Burma Road. His Army journey took him around the world, crossing the equator twice, embarking from California and on his return landing in New York City.

Returning to civilian life, he built his home on Olive Street and lived there with his family for he next 63 years. John started work for Van Petten Lumber Company in 1945 and retired from there in 1980.

John lived to fish - the ocean, lake or a stream, they had a series of travel trailers and spent the fall months at Netarts Bay on the Oregon Coast. Many trips were also enjoyed touring the West and Southwest in his retirement years.

John was a true farmer when it came to tilling, planting and sharing his garden produce. His goal each spring was to have a ripe tomato for Fourth of July dinner.

Viewing will be today, Jan. 21, 2010 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

John was preceded in death by his parents; son, Glen C. Cecil; sister, Lenore Ray; and nephew, Lynn Ray. He is survived by his wife at the home; sister, Nadine Dysart; granddaughter, Sara Harvey; grandson, John T. Cecil; three great-grandchildren, Briana Link, Hanna Harvey and Paige Harvey; niece, Jean Lilja; nephew, Blane Ray; and two cousins, Roberta Miller and Edra Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dialysis Center at Providence St. Mary Medical Center or Walla Walla Community Hospice through Herring Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be held Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, Odd Fellows Section, with the Rev. Don Gibbard officiating.


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