1921 - 2012
Longtime College Place resident Jacob A. “Jake” Sonnentag, 91, passed away Oct. 7, 2012, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center, 1710 Plaza Way, Walla Walla.
Jake was born July 23, 1921, in Neillsville, Wisc., to Frank Peter and Viola M. Bauer Sonnentag. On July 15, 1947, he and B. Jean Swan married in Iowa. He served during World War II in New Guinea, the Philippine Islands, Solomon Islands, with distinction in the 128th Infantry, 32nd Red Arrow Division. He worked in the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam, McNary Dam and Swift Creek Dam, in addition to construction of homes, schools, churches and boat interiors. He was always active, working, fishing, hunting, helping friends and spending time at their cabin.
He was a member of the Stateline Seventh-day Adventist Church, the V.F.W. and 32nd degree Mason and Shriners. He moved to this area in 1964 from Yacolt, Wash.
He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Jean Clough Chatley of College Place; and his son, Peter Stilwell Sonnentag of Fernwood, Idaho; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two sisters; and three brothers.
There will be a graveside service at Mount Hope Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stateline SDA School Worthy Student Fund through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.