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Andrew Richard Juris

March 29, 1926 - August 6, 2016


Andrew Richard "Dick" Juris, age 90 years, died August 6, 2016 at the St. Mary Medical Center. He was a long time farmer in Columbia County and resident of Dayton.

Dick was born March 29, 1926 in Cle Elum, Washington. His parents were Andrew and Katherine Davis Juris. He graduated from Cle Elum High School with the class of 1944 and soon after enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served until the end of WWII. Dick graduated in Sociology from Washington State College in 1950. While at WSC, he met Mary Ellen Henry. They married August 27, 1950 in a ceremony held at the Congregational Church in Dayton. They made their home in Cle Elum where he worked at his father's Studebaker dealership. In 1951 they moved to Dayton, and he began a life of farming. He was an organizer for the Columbia County Wheat Growers and chaired the Washington Wheat Commission for a term. He was appointed to the Washington State Ecological Commission by Gov. Dixie Lee Ray and was serving at the time of Mt. St. Helen's eruption. He was part of the observation team to assess the devastation by helicopter. He was Conservation Farmer in 1970 and the 1976 Cattleman of The Year.

Dick was a member of the Dayton First Congregational Church and the Apache Wells Community Church in Mesa, AZ, where he and Mary Ellen spent many winters. He enjoyed golfing and joined the Mesa Masonic Lodge. He also did water color paintings and enjoyed skiing at Bluewood.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen; two daughters and sons in law; Kathee Juris (Rick Nettleton); Kris Takemura (Jay) all of Dayton; step -grandson Marco (Aimee) Martinez; granddaughter Makaela (Warren) Corey-Boulet; four great grandchildren, Ella, Abby, Caroline, Graham, and brother, Stu Juris of Cle Elum.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Jane Marie, his parents, and sister Ruth Hartman.

Memorial services will be 1:30 P.M., Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the Dayton First Congregational Church with Pastor Marj Johnston officiating. Private interment will be in the Family Plot in the Dayton Cemetery. Those who wish may contribute to the First Congregational Church Memorial Fund, Glenn Nysoe Cancer Fund, or charity of the donor's choice through Hubbard-Rogg Funeral Home 111 S. 2nd St. Dayton, WA 99328.


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