Miscellaneous Benton County, Washington Obituaries

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Wednesday, May 17, 2000

Albert W. Despain
Albert "Al" William Despain, 50, died Sunday at his home in Kennewick. He was born in Ontario, Ore., and lived in Kennewick for 23 years. He was a controller in agriculture. Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ryan C. Dove
Ryan Christopher Dove, infant son of Dawn Boleware and Marcus Dove of Kennewick, died Monday at Kennewick General Hospital. Mueller's Chapel of the Falls, Kennewick, is in charge of arrangements.

Ethel M. Crater
Ethel M. Crater, 82, of Pasco died Tuesday in Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Hope, Idaho, and lived in Pasco for 78 years. She was retired co-owner/operator of Crater's Jewelry Store. Bruce Lee Memorial Chapel, Pasco, is in charge of arrangements.

Edna V. Nelson
Edna V. Nelson, 79, of Pasco died Saturday at home. She was born in Spokane and lived in Pasco for 73 years. She was a retired land developer. Columbia Memorial Funeral Chapel, Pasco, is in charge of arrangements.

Ralph O. Durham
Ralph Oakley Durham, 82, Kennewick, died Tuesday in Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House. He was born in Helena, Mont., and lived in Kennewick for 48 years. He was a retired administrator for WPPSS. Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Thursday, May 18, 2000

Annetha Serr
Annetha Serr, 84, of Richland died Wednesday in Kennewick. She was born in Upham, N.D., and lived in the Tri-Cities for 11 years. She was a retired cook. Einan's Funeral Home, Richland, is in charge of arrangements.

Dean R. Davenport
Dean Ralph Davenport, 48, of Pasco died Tuesday in Kennewick General Hospital. He was born in Walla Walla and lived in the Tri-Cities for 30 years. He was owner of Affordable Closets in Pasco. Mueller's Greenlee Funeral Home, Pasco, is in charge of arrangements.

Michael E. Ransier
TACOMA - Michael Eugene Ransier, 68, died Wednesday in Tacoma. He was born in Pasco and lived in the Tri-Cities until moving to Tacoma in 1969. He was a retired heavy construction worker. Arrangements are pending.

Gordon E. McBride
SUNNYSIDE - Gordon Edward McBride, 57, Mabton, died Tuesday in Sunnyside. He was born in Yakima and lived in the Valley for 19 years. He was the owner and operator of McBride Hereford Ranches. Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Friday, May 19, 2000

Maud Kent
OTHELLO - Maud "Elvina" Kent, 100, died Wednesday in Othello. She was born in Norwood, Mo., and was a retired bookkeeper. Steven Funeral Chapel, Othello, is in charge of arrangements.

Annetha Serr
Annetha Serr, 84, of Richland, died Wednesday in Kennewick. She was born in Upham, N.D., and lived in the Tri-Cities for 11 years. She was a retired cook. Einan's Funeral Home, Richland, is in charge of arrangements.

Herman J. Braun
Herman J. Braun, 75, died Wednesday at his home in Kennewick. He was born in Richardton, N.D., and lived in the Tri-Cities for 40 years. He was a retired security guard for Our Lady of Lourdes Health Center in Pasco. The Casket Place and Funeral Services, Pasco, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Saturday, May 20, 2000

Virginia Ramsey
Virginia Ramsey, 97, died Thursday at her home in Richland. She was born in Hempstead, Texas, and lived in the Tri-Cities since 1982. She was a retired medical receptionist. Einan's Funeral Home, Richland, is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth D. Turcott
Kenneth D. Turcott, 47, of Pasco died Thursday in Lourdes Medical Center. He was born in Albany, Ore., and lived in Pasco for five years. He was a welder. Bruce Lee Memorial Chapel, Pasco, is in charge of arrangements.

Roscoe R. Roberts
Roscoe R. Roberts, 87, died Friday at his home in Kennewick. He was born in Collinsville, Okla., and lived in the Tri-Cities for 47 years. He was a retired laborer in construction. Mueller's Chapel of the Falls, Kennewick, is in charge of arrangements.

Art Bezold
Art Bezold, 86, died Thursday in Kennewick General Hospital. He was born in Endicott and moved to Pasco in 1944. He was co-owner of Bi-County Equipment; the Walla Walla Livestock Sales Yard; Pasco Livestock Sales Yard and Pasco Meat Packers. Shaw and Son Funeral Directors, Yakima, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary L. Martinez
Mary Lou Martinez, 64, of Pasco died Friday in Life Care Center of Kennewick. She was born in Valentine, Neb., and lived in Pasco for 47 years. She was a retied clerk. Bruce Lee Memorial Chapel, Pasco, is in charge of arrangements.

Gene L. Wulf
Gene Leroy Wulf, 73, of Kennewick died Friday in Kennewick General Hospital. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and lived in Kennewick for 52 years. He was a retired reactor operator. Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home, Kennewick, is in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, May 21, 2000

Mable L. Dent
Mabel L. Dent of Pasco died Saturday at the Kennewick Life Care Center. She was 82. Dent was a lifetime Pasco resident. She was a retired school bus driver and housewife. Bruce Lee Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth A. Ingram
Elizabeth A. Ingram died Thursday at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland. She was 67. Ingram was born in Livingston, Mont., and lived in Benton City for 21 years. Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Monday, May 22, 2000

Mildred B. Barra
Mildred B. Barra of Kennewick died Sunday at Canyon Lakes Rehabilitation Center. She was 92. Barra was born in Wishack, N.D., and lived in the Tri-Cities for 39 years. She was retired from Thrifty Drug Store in Kennewick. Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Vida B. Cummings
COLLEGE PLACE - Vida B. Cummings of College Place died Saturday at Sun Bridge Care and Rehabilitation in College Place. She was 93. Cummings was born in Waterloo, Iowa, and lived in the Tri-City area since 1982. She was a homemaker. Einan's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Wednesday, May 24, 2000

George R. Blake
George Robert Blake, 65, of Pasco died Tuesday at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Bellfish, S.D., and lived in Pasco 23 years. He was a retired custodian. Columbia Memorial Funeral Chapel, Pasco, is in charge of arrangements.

Doris A. Thornton
SPOKANE - Doris Ann Thornton, 66, of West Richland died Monday in Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane. She was born in Spokane and lived in the Tri-City area since 1967. She was a retired teacher. Local arrangements are pending.

Lyle R. Ratcliffe
PROSSER - Lyle Robert Ratcliffe, 84, of Prosser, died Tuesday in Prosser Memorial Hospital. He was born in Tacoma and lived in Prosser more than 60 years. He was a retired electrician. The Casket Place All Funeral Services, Pasco, is in charge of arrangements.

Lila F. Parsons
Lila F. Parsons, 94, of Othello died Monday at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pasco. She was a homemaker and lived in Othello for 50 years. Stevens Funeral Chapel, Othello, is in charge of arrangements.

Grace E. Fortune
PROSSER - Grace E. (Norton) Fortune, 84, of Grandview died Tuesday at Prosser Memorial Hospital. She was born in Philip, S.D., and came to Yakima County in 1930. She was a retired nurse. Smith Funeral Home, Grandview, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Thursday, May 25, 2000

Thomas B. Gess
Thomas Benton Gess, 92, Kennewick, died Tuesday at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pasco. He was born in Payette, Idaho, and lived in Benton County since 1946. He was a retired attorney. Mueller's Chapel of the Falls, Kennewick, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Friday, May 26, 2000

Howard L. Cater
Howard Lee Cater, 76, of Pasco, died Wednesday in Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Ripon, Calif., and lived in Connell and Mesa areas for 34 years. He was a retired master carpenter and farmer. Mueller's Greenlee Funeral Home, Pasco, is in charge of arrangements.

Penny R. Donnelly
Penny R. Donnelly, 40, died Wednesday at her home in Richland. She was born in Tacoma and lived in the Tri-Cities for 15 years. She was an office manager. Einan's Funeral Home, Richland, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Saturday, May 27, 2000

Doris I. Douglass
Doris I. Douglass, 60, died Thursday at her home in Richland. She was born in East St. Louis, Ill., and lived in the Tri-Cities for 42 years. She was a retired florist for Flowers by Dordon. Einan's Funeral Home, Richland, is in charge of arrangements.

Bertha Boies
YAKIMA - Bertha Anna Marie Boies, 89, died Thursday in Cresent Convalescent Center in Yakima. She was born in Kennewick and lived in the Tri-Cities until moving to Yakima five years ago. She was a homemaker. Mueller's Chapel of the Falls, Kennewick, is in charge of arrangements.

Herbert E. Weaver
Herbert E. Weaver, 80, of Richland, died Thursday in Kadlec Medical Center. He was born in Coweta, Okla., and lived in the Tri-Cities for 58 years. He was a retired Hanford bus driver. Einan's Funeral Home, Richland, is in charge of arrangements.

Monday, May 29, 2000

Egbert deGraaf
GRANDVIEW - Egbert "Bert" deGraaf, 61, of Grandview died May 24, 2000, at Grandview Nursing Home. He was born in Hallum, Friesland, in the Netherlands. He lived in Yakima County for 29 years and was a maintenance technician. Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.

Steve Paul Bergman
Steve Paul Bergman, 48, of Kennewick died May 27, 2000, at Kennewick General Hospital. He was born in Spokane and lived in Kennewick for 10 years. He was a district sales manager for the Mount Hood Beverage Co. Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel M. Delorme
Hazel M. Delorme, 80, of Richland died May 27, 2000, at Kadlec Medical Center. She was born in Onalaska, Wis., and lived in the Tri-City area for 14 years. She was a retired bookkeeper for Old Hickory Sausage. Einan's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Tuesday, May 30, 2000

Doris L. Carr
Doris L. Carr, 86, of Pasco, died Monday at her home. She was born in Townley, Ala., and had lived in Pasco for four years. She was a retired waitress. Columbia Memorial Funeral Chapel in Pasco is in charge of the arrangements.

Bernadette M. Fultz
SUNNYSIDE - Bernadette M. Fultz, 86, of Sunnyside died Monday at her home. She was born in Olga, N.D., and had lived in the Yakima Valley for 54 years. She was a retired caregiver. Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of the arrangements.
 
Wednesday, May 31, 2000

Henry W. Grimmius
LOS ANGELES - Henry William Grimmius, 40, of Sunnyside died Friday in Los Angeles. He was born in Sunnyside and lived there all his life. He was a truck driver. Smith Sunnyside Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Carole J. Schmid-Price
Carole J. Schmid-Price, 82, of West Richland died Monday at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland. She was born in St. Paul, Minn., and lived in West Richland for eight years. She was a retired teacher. Bruce Lee Memorial Chapel, Pasco, is in charge of arrangements.

Velma E. Dixon
Velma Elaine Dixon, 70, of Kennewick died Sunday in Life Care Center of Kennewick. She was born in Wall, S.D., and lived in Benton County for 15 years. She was a homemaker. Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Harold R. Mingus
Harold R. Mingus, 89, of Pasco died Saturday in Lourdes Medical Center. He was born in Philadelphia and lived in Pasco for 55 years. He was a retired carpenter. Bruce Lee Memorial Chapel, Pasco, is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Mae Murphey
Betty Mae Murphey, 71, of Kennewick, died Sunday at Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco. She was born in Wishek, N.D., and lived in Kennewick for 37 years. She was a retired nurse. Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lola O. Westerfield
PROSSER - Lola Olthea Westerfield, 86, of Benton City died Monday at Prosser Memorial Nursing Home. She was born in Viola, Ark., and lived in the Tri-Cities since 1948. She was a homemaker. Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Darthea Ferguson
Darthea Ann "Dotti" Ferguson, 67, died Monday at her home in Kennewick. She was born in Fairvilla, Fla., and lived in Kennewick for 26 years. She was a retired china painter. Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jonathan C. Ware
TROY, Ore. - Jonathan Christopher Ware, 8, son of Chris and Crystal Ware of Pasco, drowned Sunday in the Wenaha River in Troy. He was born in Kennewick and lived in Pasco all his life. He was a third-grader at Mark Twain Elementary School in Pasco. Mueller's Greenlee Funeral Home, Pasco, is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley E. Hovde
Shirley Eileen Hovde, 85, of Kennewick, died Monday at Life Care Center of Kennewick. She was born in Ferndale and lived in the Tri-Cities for 28 years. She was a homemaker. Mueller's Chapel of the Falls is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy J. Smith
YAKIMA - Dorothy Josephine Smith, 87, died Monday in Yakima. She was born in Mabton and lived in Yakima County all her life. She was a homemaker. Smith Sunnyside Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Louise M. McDermott
ALCESTER, S.D. - Louise M. McDermott, 76, died May 7 in Alcester. She was a reporter for a number of rural newspapers during the 1950s. In the 1960s, she was women's editor for the Tri-City Herald, then worked at the Yakima Herald Republic in the 1970s. She was buried in Plainview.


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