Aug. 6, 1925 - June 24, 2011
Herbert E. "Herb" Wing, Milton-Freewater, passed away June 24, 2011, at the Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla, at the age of 85 years. Memorial services will be Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Milton-Freewater with Pastor Roland Shanks officiating. Private inurnment will be in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Aid Center or the First Baptist Church through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
Mr. Wing was born Aug. 6, 1925, in Humboldt, Kan., the son of Lyle and Leona Gervais Wing. He grew up in Humboldt and attended school in LaHarpe, Kan., and graduated from Elsmore High School in Elsmore, Kan. In 1943 he joined the U.S. Marines, serving during World War II in the South Pacific area. After his discharge from the service in 1946, he was convinced by his best friend Lee Stephens, to come to Milton-Freewater. It was here that he met his future wife Jean Buckley. The couple were married in Walla Walla on Aug. 20, 1947, and moved to the Tri-Cities where Mr. Wing worked as a Washington State Highway Patrolman for 4 1/2 years at the Hanford Reservation. In 1953, the couple moved back to the Humboldt area where they purchased a dairy farm. They owned and operated it for a year before deciding to return to Milton-Freewater. Mr. Wing went back to work at Hanford in the 100B,100A and 300 areas for DuPont until General Electric took over. He retired from Hanford in 1971. He then established WW Canopy and built Toga Top Canopies, Campers and did RV repair until his retirement. The last canopy he built was for Tom Konen. Mr. Wing enjoyed spending time in the mountains at their cabin with his family. He also enjoyed riding his ATV, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, skiing and going to the Burger Hut Coffee Club. He and his wife enjoyed traveling in their RV all over the United States, into Mexico and Canada. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, American Legion Post #24, Milton Lodge #96 A.F.A.M., VFW Post #4567, Apple Blossoms Good Sam Club and past member of BPOE #2146. He was preceded in death by his wife just 16 days earlier than his death.
Mr. Wing is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Mick Oliver of Milton-Freewater; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Linda Wing of Oregon City, Ore.; five grandchildren, Brent Oliver, Larry Oliver, Jeff Wing, Lyndsay Billings, Shannon Patton; two great-grandchildren, Owen Wing and Lexus Jean Patton; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Pauline Wing and Luella Mueller; and a grandson, Tyler Oliver.