Obituaries for August 2012

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Larry Elwood Harshman

Milton-Freewater, Oregon resident, Larry Elwood Harshman, 67, passed away August 5, 2012, at his home following four years of a courageous battle of cancer. Larry was born March 29, 1945, in Pendleton, Oregon, to Buel Clare and Maxine Zoe Way ...

Neil Lyndy Pegel

Neil Lyndy Pegel, 84, passed to his rest August 7, 2012, at Eagle Springs Specialty Care Community in College Place, Washington. The youngest of three children, Neil was born December 20, 1927, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Edward Frank and Iva ...

Katherine Benzel

Katherine “Kay” Frank Benzel, 94, of Walla Walla, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. The fifth of nine children, Kay was born in her 4-bedroom family home in Walla Walla on June 17, 1918, to ...

Josephine Zaro

Josephine Zaro, 100, passed away Aug. 8, 2012, at her home in Walla Walla. Josephine was born in Walla Walla on Jan. 26, 1912, to Ambrose and Angela Berteolli Pinza. She married Tony Zaro on Sept. 23, 1936. She was ...

Violet Bradshaw

Violet M. Bradshaw passed away peacefully on Aug. 6, 2012, in Puyallup. She began her journey to heaven surrounded by three generations of family. Born in 1919 to Carl and Mary Emerson, Violet was preceded in death by her husband, ...

Thomas Rowland Reilly

Thomas “Tom” Rowland Reilly died Thursday, July 19, 2012, at his home in Dayton. Graveside service with military honors will be Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. in Dayton City Cemetery, followed by a celebration of his life at ...

Bernard Joseph Elmenhurst

Bernard (Bud) Joseph Elmenhurst spent four years in the Navy and 38 years in the telecommunications industry working for Pacific Northwest Bell and US West. He is survived by his beloved wife, Elizabeth Elmenhurst; his beloved children, Brian Elmenhurst and ...

Marion Witt

Marion Witt passed away peacefully the afternoon of Aug. 6, 2012, while resting at her Wheatland Village Retirement home in Walla Walla. She was born to Hugo and Julia Illchen in Bismark, N.D., on May 5, 1925. Marion was the ...

Maralyn Joyce Low

Maralyn Joyce Low of Walla Walla passed on Aug. 7, 2012, at her home. She was born in Walla Walla on April 17, 1936, to Wade and Gladys Richwine. She graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1954. She was ...

Helen Maxine Smith

Helen Maxine Smith, 74, passed away peacefully Aug. 3, 2012, at Washington Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla. Mrs. Smith was born June 14, 1938, in Hood River, Ore., to Chester and Winnie Slaughter. She attended school in Oklahoma. She ...

Maralyn Joyce Low

Maralyn Joyce Low of Walla Walla passed on Aug. 7, 2012, at her home. She was born in Walla Walla on April 17, 1936, to Wade and Gladys Richwine. She graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1954. She was ...

Audrey Eleanor Cousins

Audrey Eleanor Cousins passed away on June 27, 2012, at 8 p.m. in an elder care facility in Okanagan, Wash. She will be fondly remembered by many friends and family as a loving parent, dedicated volunteer and a creative, energetic ...

George Walker

George K. Walker of Milton-Freewater passed away Aug. 11, 2012, at his home at the age of 91 years. Funeral services will be Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Ingle Chapel Congregational Church with Pastor Kurt Van ...

Barbara Jean Beard

Barbara Jean Beard died on Aug. 8, 2012, at her home. She was born in Yakima on May 30, 1939, to Helen and Lloyd Moon. As a young girl she worked on the Hop Ranch in Yakima and spent summers ...

Robert "Safety Bob" Johnson

Robert “Safety Bob” Johnson. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, teacher, Bob went to live with his Heavenly Father on Aug. 12, 2012. Born on Jan. 1, 1932, in Tacoma, Bob served six years in the Navy aboard the U.S.S. Point Cruz ...

Dorothy Ellen Shaffer

Dorothy Ellen Shaffer passed away on Aug. 10, 2012, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born in Walla Walla on April 18, 1929. Dorothy graduated in 1947 from Waitsburg High School, where she met the love of her ...

Mary Elia Gunberg

Mary Elia Gunberg passed away peacefully on Aug. 14, 2012, at Garrison Creek Lodge in Walla Walla at the age of 94. Born on Feb. 27, 1918 in Walla Walla to Joe and Clara (Spagnuola) Elia, she attended Walla Walla ...

David Jo Helfer

David Jo Helfer (Bear), 55, passed away on Aug. 10, 2012, at his home. A potluck celebration of his life will be held Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gardena School, 152 Gardena School Road, Touchet. ...

Audrey Cousins

Location correction: Audrey Cousins’ services will be at Mountain View Cemetery on Sunday at 1p.m.

George Walker

The family of George Walker wishes to extend fond appreciation for the loving care of George by Tammi Morris, Samantha Magnessen, Mary Legrand and Tammy Hernandez. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of George Walker to the ...

Richard Stuart

Richard K. “Dick” Stuart was born June 2, 1916, in Belmont, Miss., to Everett K. Stuart and Elsie L. Gowey. He grew up in Providence and Cranston, R.I., graduating from Cranston High School in 1934. He received his B.S. from ...

Dorothy Wiese

Dorothy Wiese, 85, our beloved wife, sister, mother and nana died Aug. 13, 2012 at Regency at the Park. She was born April 20, 1927 to Angelina and Frank Spanish in Walla Walla. She was the fifth of six girls. ...

David Jo Helfer

David Jo Helfer (Bear), 55, passed away on Aug. 10, 2012, at his home. A potluck celebration of his life will be held Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gardena School, 152 Gardena School Road, Touchet. ...

Sheila Mary Ann Ekwall

Sheila Mary Ann Ekwall passed away Aug. 9, 2012, at the age of 78. Sheila was born Jan. 21, 1934, to Roy and Hilda Wilson in Yakima. She found true love in Raymond Ekwall, and they were married in November ...

Mildred Millie Logan

Mildred V. “Millie” Logan, 91, passed to her rest August 16, 2012, at Emeritus at Garrison Creek Lodge, 1460 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington. Millie was born March 28, 1921, in Dodge Center, Minnesota, to Paul and May (McIntosh) ...

Carol Ann Hussey

Carol Ann Hussey was born in Mankato, Minn., in 1936. Her family moved to Walla Walla in 1943 when she was 7 years old. She went to Baker Grade School, and then went to Green Park School, where she was ...

Ivan Reidar Jacobsen

Ivan Reidar Jacobsen died in Wenatchee on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. He had lived in Walla Walla from 1963 to 2003. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley Jacobsen; three daughters, Heidi Myers, Karen Hamilton and Gretchen ...

Maxine J. (Bennett) Buchite

Maxine J. Buchite, 87, died August 18, 2012, at Dayton General Hospital of natural causes. Maxine was born December 5, 1924, in McCracken, Kansas, to Mr. Fay McClellan and Emmaline Lourane (Perkins) Bennett. Her parents moved to Idaho when she ...

Betsy M. Harkins

Betsy M. Harkins, 94, passed away at her home on Aug. 18, 2012. Betsy was born Nov. 22, 1917, in San Diego, Calif., to Wallace and Ruby McCulloch Heffron. Although she grew up a city girl, farming was in her ...

Charles David Morse

Charles “Chuck” David Morse was born March 19, 1933 near Overton, Texas. He died at home in Walla Walla on August 20, 2012 surrounded by family. He was the fourth of ten children to Ercy Almer Morse, Sr. and Beunia ...

Janet Lee Reardon

Janet Lee Reardon went to be with her personal Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Aug. 21, 2012. She was born in Spokane on Jan. 11, 1962, to Robert Lowry and Donna Murphy. The most important thing in Janet’s life ...

Berta Amaya

Berta Amaya of Milton-Freewater passed away Aug. 22, 2012, at her home at the age of 81 years. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Milton-Freewater. Concluding services ...

Ellis Herman Bremer

Ellis Herman Bremer, 30, was born Dec. 21, 1981, in Choteau, Mont. He died Aug. 12, 2012, in Portland. Ellis graduated from Weston-McEwen High School in Athena and received a bachelor of science in criminology with an emphasis on law ...

Dorothy L. Brock

Dorothy L. Brock died August 21, 2012, at home. She was born March 17, 1924, in Osakis, MN to Louis and Lillie Moore. She was the youngest of four children and the only girl in the family. The family members ...

William H. Wallen

Milton-Freewater resident William H. Wallen, 94, passed away Aug. 23, 2012, at his home. William was born Sept. 25, 1917, in Crowder, Okla., to Joseph H. and Jennie H. Gay Wallen. He graduated from high school in Crowder. On Sept. ...

James Allan Ryckman

James “Jim” Allan Ryckman of Waitsburg died at the age of 62 at his home on Aug. 21, 2012. Jim was born on June 21, 1950, in Pendleton to Viola Hays and James Ryckman. His siblings are Patricia Holden, Luara ...

Phyllis Edwards

Phyllis Bingham Edwards passed away Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center due to complications following intestinal surgery. She was born in Logan, Utah on May 1, 1942, to Elwood Ezra and Ethel Pauline Korth Bingham. Phyllis ...

Fortino Gonzales

Former Walla Walla resident Fortino “Tino” Gonzales Jr., 56, passed away Aug. 9, 2012, at his home in Olympia after a short illness. He was born on March 7, 1956, in Edinburg, Texas, to Fortino Gonzales Sr. and Blanca Evelina ...

Jack Himmelberger

Jack Himmelberger passed away at the Booker Annex in Dayton, on Aug. 23, 2012, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born in Baker, Ore., on Dec. 23, 1925, to John and Adna Byrd Himmelberger. Jack graduated early from ...

Leila Elizabeth Adams

Leila Elizabeth Adams, 79, died peacefully at her home Aug. 25, 2012. She was born in Worcester, Mass. She married Norman Adams on July 12, 1977. She went to Juillard Art Institute for women. She is survived by her husband, ...

David Helfer

Reminder: The potluck Celebration of Life will be Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gardena School, 152 Gardena School Road in Touchet.

Tatia Linn

Tatia Tisherman Linn of Walla Walla passed away Aug. 23, 2012. She leaves behind her son, Jesse Caden Hackiewicz; parents, Adrianne and Darryl Tisherman; brothers, Brandon, Robert, Scott and Keith; numerous other family and friends. She was preceded in death ...

Richard Allen Meyers

Richard Allen Meyers passed away at his home on Aug. 24, 2012. He was born Dec. 9, 1931, in Newark, N.J., to Bertha (Fischer) and Edwin Charles Meyers. His father was transferred to Allentown, Pa., where he spent most of ...

Frank R. Deccio

IN LOVING MEMORY of Our Beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather Frank R. Deccio Aug. 15, 1928 – Aug. 21, 2003 His true wealth was in his generous heart. That is the way he lived. That is what he leaves us. ...

Barbara Beard

WALLA WALLA - Barbara Beard, 73, died Aug. 8, 2012, in Walla Walla. Arrangements are pending at Herring Funeral Home.

Maralyn Low

WALLA WALLA - Maralyn Joyce Low, 76, died Aug. 7, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are pending at Herring Funeral Home.

Sheila Ekwall

WALLA WALLA - Sheila Ekwall, 78, died Aug. 9, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are pending at Mountain View - Colonial Dewitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla.

Josephine Zaro

WALLA WALLA - Josephine Zaro, 100, died Aug. 8, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are pending at Herring Funeral Home.

Joie Garske Collins

WILTON - Joie Garske Collins, 56, formally of Walla Walla, died June 22, 2012, in Wilton, Calif. A memorial luncheon was held.

Dorothy Wiese

COLLEGE PLACE - Dorothy S. Wiese, 85, died Aug. 13, 2012, at Regency At The Park. Arrangements are pending at Herring Funeral Home

Clarence Wagner

MILTON-FREEWATER - Clarence Wagner, 86, died Aug. 11, 2012, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Herring Funeral Home

George Walker

MILTON-FREEWATER - George K. Walker, 91, died Aug. 11, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are pending at Munselle-Rhodes

Richard Stuart

WALLA WALLA - Richard “Dick” Stuart, 96, died Aug. 14, 2012, at Washington Odd Fellows Home, 534 Boyer Ave. Arrangements are pending at Mountain View - Colonial Dewitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road.

Mary Rosie Gunberg

WALLA WALLA - Mary Rosie Gunberg, 94, died Aug. 14, 2012, at Garrison Creek Lodge. Arrangements are pending at Herring Funeral Home.

David Helfer

TOUCHET - David J. Helfer, 55, died Aug. 10, 2012, in Touchet. Arrangements are pending at Herring Funeral Home.

George Murray

COLLEGE PLACE - George Murray, 96, died Aug. 14, 2012, at Regency at The Park. Arrangements are pending at Herring Funeral Home.

Betty Jeah Kreinzenbeck

WALLA WALLA - Betty Jean Kreinzenbeck, 87, died Aug. 16, 2012, at Washington Odd Fellows Home. Arrangements are pending at Herring Funeral Home.

Carol Ann Hussey

WALLA WALLA - Carol Ann Hussey, 76, died Aug. 13, 2012, at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Professional Funeral Directors.

Mildred Logan

WALLA WALLA - Mildred V. “Millie” Logan, 91, died Aug. 16, 2012, at Emeritus at Garrison Creek Lodge. Arrangements are pending at Mountain View - Colonial Dewitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla.

Rubio Jimenez

SEATTLE - Rubio Jimenez, 49, Walla Walla resident, died Aug. 1, 2012, at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Arrangements are pending at Herring Funeral Home.

Betsy Harkins

WALLA WALLA — Betsy Harkins, 94, died Aug. 18, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are pending at Herring Funeral Home.

Mark Warner

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mark E. Warner, 62, died Aug. 15, 2012, in Missoula, Mont. Arrangements are pending at Munselle-Rhodes.

Maxine Buchite

DAYTON - Maxine J. Buchite, 87, died Aug. 18, 2012, at Dayton General Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Hubbard-Rogg Funeral Home.

Charles D. Morse

WALLA WALLA - Charles D. Morse, 79, died Aug. 20, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are pending at Mountain View - Colonial Dewitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla.

Harold Ray Dunham

PALM DESERT - Harold “Hal” Ray Dunham, former Walla Walla resident, 81, died July 30, 2012, in Palm Desert, Calif. For information call 509-534-4597.

Dorothy Louise Brock

WALLA WALLA - Dorothy Louise Brock, 88, died Aug. 21, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are pending at Mountain View - Colonial Dewitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla.

Berta Amaya

MILTON-FREEWATER - Berta Amaya, 81, died Aug. 22, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are pending at Munselle-Rhodes.

Christopher Michael Britton

KENNEWICK - Christopher Michael Britton, of Richland, formerly of Walla Walla, 29, died Aug. 6, 2012, in Kennewick. Arrangements are pending at Herring Funeral Home.

James A. Ryckman

WAITSBURG - James A. Ryckman, 62, died Aug. 21, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are pending at Professional Funeral Directors.

Kathleen Barbara Andrews

WALLA WALLA - Kathleen Barbara Andrews, 69, died Aug. 22, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are pending at Herring Funeral Home.

Karen K. Lyford

POST FALLS - Karen K. Lyford, 61, formerly of Milton-Freewater, died Aug. 22, 2012, at the Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Munselle-Rhodes.

Arlene Alexander

MILTON FREEWATER - Arlene Alexander, 88, died Aug. 22, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are pending at Munselle-Rhodes.

William H. Wallen

MILTON-FREEWATER - William H. Wallen, 94, died Aug. 23, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are pending at Mountain View - Colonial Dewitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla.

Jack Himmelberger

DAYTON - Jack Himmelberger, 86, died Aug. 23, 2012, at Booker Rest Home. Arrangements are pending at Hubbard-Rogg Funeral Home.

Phyllis B. Edwards

WALLA WALLA - Phyllis B. Edwards, 70, died Aug. 25, 2012, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Herring Funeral Home.

Richard Meyers

Richard Meyers Dec. 9, 1931 - Aug. 24, 2012 MILTON-FREEWATER - Richard A. “Dick” Meyers, 80, died Aug. 24, 2012, at home. Arrangements are pending at Munselle-Rhodes.

Dorlin J. Haste

COLLEGE PLACE - Dorlin J. Haste, 59, died Aug. 28, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are pending at Mountain View - Colonial Dewitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla.

Gene Orville Spencer

WALLA WALLA - Gene Orville Spencer, 86, died Aug. 27, 2012, at home. Arrangements are pending at Mountain View - Colonial Dewitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla.