Sept. 16, 1929 - July 23, 2011
Claude Brodhead of Dayton died July 23, 2011, at his home. He was 81. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, July 29, 2011, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor Greg Bye officiating. Burial will follow at the family plot in the Dayton City Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Hubbard-Rogg Chapel, 111 S. 2nd St. Dayton, WA. Those who wish may contribute to the St. Mary's Cancer Center Memorial Fund, 401 Poplar St. Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Claude was born in the home of his parents, Claude L. and Stella Morrow Brodhead, on Bundy Hollow on Sept. 16, 1929. He attended local schools and graduated with the Dayton High School class of 1949. He married Marlene Balding on Nov. 10, 1950, in a ceremony held in Dayton. He worked for area farmers for many years. In 1975 he started his own farm operation and retired in 1995. He served on the Columbia County Grain Growers Board of Directors and was the "Conservation Farmer of the Year" in 1982. He was Dayton Days President for several years and was a rodeo clown for the annual event. He was active in Search Rescue and Citizens for Economic Development. He coached Little League and played slow-pitch softball, enjoyed hunting, gardening and working with wrought iron. He made the iron fence for the Veteran's Memorial on Main Street. He was also an elder at his church and enjoyed giving out boxes of tiic tac's to the children on Sundays. Claude loved his family - they were his top priorit - and he was always there to help and support them in any way he could. He was the patriarch to his family and he will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene at the home. Daughter and son-in-law, Randy Diane and Scott McKimmy; son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey Lynn and Lowana Brodhead; grandchildren, Traci Ann (Mark) McKamey, Jaime Lynn Brodhead and Amanda Suzanne (Bradly) Watts; sisters, Mildred, Lanita, Freda, Betty Ann, and Margie; a brother, Dwight. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Mark Hatfield; and brother, Kenneth.