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  • Thomas James "Jim" Young

    The Times|Jul 11, 2024

    Celebration of Life July 20th, 2024 2 pm – 4 pm Waitsburg Town Hall Waitsburg resident Jim Young, 83, passed away on June 22, 2024 at his home. A Celebration of Life will be held on July 20, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Waitsburg Town Hall, 121 Main St, Waitsburg, Wash. Please bring your stories to share. Family & Friends may view a full obituary and share memories & sign the guestbook at mountainview-colonialdewitt.com...

  • James Walter Stonecipher

    The Times|Jul 4, 2024

    James Walter Stonecipher, 69, departed on Friday, January 5, 2024 at his home near Naalehu, Hawaii. He is survived by his dear Luke (Kristen) Pensula and their daughter Kailani JoAnn; his sister Julie Yokel (Jerry); nieces, Angela Huntsman (Eric) and Emily Kelty (Spencer); his nephew, Gabriel DeLong (Laurel); great nieces Haley and Mahala Huntsman, and Aliyah and Lydia Kelty; great nephew, Isaiah Kelty; and his cousin, Joy Broom Leisure (Jerry); as well as dear friends and many other extended... Full story

  • Heather Duncan

    The Times|Jul 4, 2024

    Long-time Waitsburg resident Heather Duncan passed away on March 4, 2024, at age 82. A remembrance celebration will be held for Heather at Waitsburg Town Hall, 121 Main St, Waitsburg, July 13, 1-2 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Heather's wish was to donate her body to medical science, and this wish was fulfilled; Interment will be at a later date in Mansfield, Washington. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wildcat Rescue, attn: Dayton Veterinary 312 Clay Dayton, WA 99328, or any...

  • Tammy Brown

    The Times|Jun 13, 2024

    Tammy Brown age 54 passed away peacefully on March 22 at Providence Saint Mary's Medical Center. Born on March 27, 1970 in Dayton, WA to Walt and Rosie Warehime. She was a proud resident of Waitsburg and was a graduate from Waitsburg High School in 1988. After high school she attended Walla Walla Community College and Whitworth where she received degrees from both schools for sports medicine and physical education. Her greatest joy in life was when she became a mother to Zac and Jaidyn, whom... Full story

  • Dolores Victoria Egli Archer

    The Times|May 23, 2024

    September 6, 1931 – May 12, 2024 Dolores Victoria Egli Archer was born on September 6, 1931, in Joliet, Montana, to Viola Holmquist Egli and John Egli. She and her sister, Carolyn, were raised there until they moved to Waitsburg, Washington, when Dolores was a sophomore in high school. They came so her father, John, could take over as the miller for Preston Mills located in Waitsburg. Dolores finished high school there and went on to Whitman College in Walla Walla for two years until her m... Full story

  • Grace Augusta Hotson Shields

    May 23, 2024

    Grace Augusta Hotson Shields, longtime resident of Dayton, Washington, passed away on April 17, 2024 aged 97. Grace was predeceased by her husband, Robert W. Shields (“Bob”), who taught English at Dayton High School 1969-1978. Grace was born in Boston, Massachussetts on October 6, 1926 to Clarence and Cornelia Hinkley Hotson. She lived in various locations in childhood and early adulthood, including Minneapolis, MN, Lubbock, Texas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Maryland, and Chicago, Il... Full story

  • Robert Wayne Lybecker

    The Times|Apr 11, 2024

    Robert Wayne Lybecker was born on September 28, 1962, in Spokane, WA, to Gus & Caroline Lybecker, and departed this world on March 29, 2024, in Tri-Cities, WA. Robert enjoyed playing high school football and basketball. He also enjoyed playing pool which he was quite good at! After graduating from Waitsburg High School, he pursued his passion for mechanics, earning his AA degree in Diesel Technology at Walla Walla Community College. For many years, he demonstrated his expertise as a diesel... Full story

  • Roland Delbert Schirman

    The Times|Apr 4, 2024

    On Friday, March 22, 2024, Roland Delbert Schirman, 86, of Dayton, WA went home to be with his Lord and Savior after a brief but aggressive infection while visiting in Denver, CO. Born in Salem, OR on November 1, 1937, Roland was raised on a berry and dairy farm before he received his BS in Agriculture from Oregon State University. Roland then went on to complete his Master's in Agronomy at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). He then received his Ph.D. in Agronomy with a minor in Plant... Full story

  • Norman James Hansen

    The Times|Mar 14, 2024

    Norman James Hansen passed away on March 6, 2024, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, WA, after suffering a hematoma of the brain. He was with his son Eugene at the time of his death. Norman grew up in Waitsburg, WA, as the eldest of six children of James ("Jim") and Mary Geraine Hansen. He worked on the family farm from a young age, graduated from Waitsburg High School in 1966, and then graduated from Washington State University in 1971. Norman loved playing sports,... Full story

  • Donna Knotts

    The Times|Feb 29, 2024

    Donna left us peacefully in her sleep on Friday, February 23, at home in Walla Walla, surrounded by her loving family. Donna was born on April 3, 1932, in Waitsburg, Washington, to Charles "Todd" and Emma Laughery. She was the youngest of four children. She attended school in Waitsburg and graduated from Waitsburg High School in 1950. Shortly after graduation, she began working at the phone company as an operator, where she met the love of her life, Howard Knotts. They were married on October 4,... Full story

  • Beverly Jean Bales

    The Times|Feb 15, 2024

    Beverly Jean Bales, daughter of Bobby and Midge Franklin Bales, passed away on her 71st birthday, February 9, 2024.She spent most of her childhood years in Sunrise Beach, Missouri, graduating from Camdenton High School. She was known there for her cooking at Chances ‘R’ and Dina’s Playland. She was a highly talented artist who achieved many awards for her artwork. She left a legacy of her paintings throughout Lake of the Ozarks, the Columbia County area of Washington state, and Reno, Nevada. She was also an accomplished horsewoman and skill...

  • Dr. S. Roger Hevel, M.D.

    The Times|Feb 8, 2024

    Dr. S. Roger Hevel of Waitsburg, WA, died peacefully at home on January 26, 2024, at the age of 98. Roger was born at Pendleton, OR, on Sept 29, 1925, to Shirley A. and Anna G. Hevel, graduating from Pendleton High School with the class of 1943. After attending the University of Oregon for two quarters, he turned 18 and volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy. After boot camp, the Navy sent him to college at Carroll College, MT, and the University of Washington where he earned a B.S. in... Full story

  • Norman Robert Thomas

    The Times|Feb 8, 2024

    Born on May 15, 1952 in Colville WA to Robert Reeves Thomas and Anna Cecilia Thomas. Growing up in Coville WA his parents taught him about baseball, fishing and the love of the outdoors. He attended Aster elementary school until 1962 when the family relocated to Dayton WA. He graduated from Dayton high school in 1970. During high school he was active in sports including Football, Basketball, Baseball and Golf. Upon graduation he was employed for summer work for the Green Giant pea and green bean harvest. In the fall of 1970 he enrolled in at... Full story

  • Justin C. Mayberry

    The Times|Feb 8, 2024

    Justin Clarence Mayberry passed away on the morning of January 27, 2024, after ninety-and-a-half years here on earth. Justin was born on June 21, 1933, to Porter and Rosie "Arvilla" (Beamer) Mayberry in Granger, WA. He was the younger brother of Ellen (Mayberry) Bird. The family moved to Prescott, WA when Justin was 8, where he became a lifelong resident and trusted pillar of the community. Justin graduated Salutatorian with the Prescott High School class of 1951. He attended WSC (WSU) for a... Full story

  • Lowell W. Richter

    The Times|Feb 1, 2024

    Long-time Dayton resident, Lowell W. Richter, 97, passed away gently on January 16, 2024 at Parkview Memory Care in Walla Walla. Lowell was born July 27, 1926 and was raised by his grandparents, Benjamin & Anna Richter, on the family farm in Montgomery, MN. He had lasting memories of attending grade school in the one-room country school and later moving to town where he graduated from high school in 1944. In 1945, he entered the Army Air Corps where he served proudly for two years, primarily in... Full story

  • Barbara Kirk Hubbard

    The Times|Jan 25, 2024

    Barbara Kirk Hubbard (Barbara Jean Kirk), 91, passed away on December 12, 2023, in Pasco, Washington. Barbara was born on February 6, 1932, in Baker City, Oregon, to Sherman T Kirk and Alta (Roe) Kirk. Barbara graduated from Payette High School, in Payette, Idaho in 1950 as class Salutatorian. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from College of Idaho in Caldwell Idaho, and a Masters of Russian and Far Eastern History from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington (Go Huskies)! She... Full story

  • Arvid Lessley Aronson

    The Times|Jan 11, 2024

    Arvid (Ardie) Lessley Aronson, 70, Waitsburg, passed away on December 16, 2023, at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington, after suffering a stroke. Ardie was born on April 28, 1954, to Clarice Cleveland-Aronson and Oscar Junior Aronson in Greenbush, Minnesota. He was one of eight children - Joseph, Marvin, Donald, Arvid, LeeAnn, Elaine, Shelly, and Troy. In 1957, the family moved from Minnesota to Spokane, Washington, where he attended grade school. Later, the family moved to...

  • Barbara "Lassie" Wittman

    The Times|Jan 11, 2024

    Lassie Smith Wittman, 89, passed away from cancer on December 26, 2023. Lassie was born in 1934 in Walla Walla, WA to Jake Lee and Frances Elizabeth Smith. She graduated from Waitsburg HS in 1952. Being a farm girl, her Dad asked if she wanted to cook for the harvest crew or drive wheat truck. The cook got up at 5am and truck drivers at 8 a.m., she chose truck driving. She also enjoyed her horses, she was Race Queen in Waitsburg, WA her Junior year and she was on the Rodeo Court in Walla Walla...

  • Clarence Edward Stearns

    The Times|Jan 4, 2024

    Clarence Edward Stearns was born in Dayton, Washington, to Gerald and Iris(Casey) Stearns and grew up in Huntsville. He worked the orchards and learned the art of welding and fabricating at Dayton High School, where he was also active in FFA and band. After graduating, he moved to Portland and worked in the shipyards as a welder. He married Laurellen Jabor and enjoyed a hobby farm in the Banks/Manning area. He later became the head bartender at the Benihana Lounge in the Portland area. After his... Full story

  • Cheryl Ann Leid

    The Times|Nov 30, 2023

    Cheryl Ann Leid passed away at her home in Grandview, Washington, on November 6, 2023. Cheryl was born December 20, 1953, in Dayton, Washington, to Pat and Mickey Leid. Cheryl excelled in sewing and gardening. Her activities included skiing, kayaking, traveling, and wine tours with friends. Cheryl is survived by a sister Cindy (John) Antony, a brother Greg (Joan) Leid, a niece Jamie (Chad) Katoff, nephew Matt (Kourtney) Leid, great nephews Noah and Elijah Katoff, great niece Kayda Heggen and... Full story

  • Richard Timothy Pettyjohn

    The Times|Nov 16, 2023

    On the evening of November 5, 2023, Richard Timothy (Tim) Pettyjohn was called home to be with his Heavenly Father. Tim was born June 1, 1943, to Howard Pettyjohn and Louise Fausti Pettyjohn Love in Vancouver, Washington, becoming the fourth generation of the local Pettyjohn pioneer family. He led a life as a husband, father, farmer, mechanic, drag racer and so much more. Tim attended Prescott schools growing up and graduated from DeSales High School in 1961. While in school, he played football... Full story

  • Florence Stella Delp

    The Times|Nov 2, 2023

    Florence Stella Delp passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2023. She was born on March 4, 1936, to Jacob Richard and Susan Mace Scarbrough. Because her parents spent many summers working for the U.S. Forest Service, Florence and her sisters, Joan and Carolyn, spent many memorable years with their grandparents, Joe and Stella Mace. Florence loved sharing the many adventures of her sisters and cousins growing up on Grouse Flats. She also enjoyed remembering the many guard stations at which she stayed...

  • Diana Black

    The Times|Oct 26, 2023

    September 27, 1938 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Jose and Isabel Llorens, welcomed Diana del Carmen Llorens Cintron into the world. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Diana naturally loved sandy beaches, water, and sun. She shared many stories of places and tasty foods of her beautiful Puerto Rican island. Diana grew up in Santurce, Puerto Rico attending Catholic schools. She would often tell her family stories of the strict nuns and the crazy nonsense she and her friends would cause them. After high... Full story

  • Melissa Mae Harting

    The Times|Oct 19, 2023

    Melissa Mae Harting, 44, of Waitsburg, Washington, passed away suddenly on October 4, 2023 at her home. Melissa was born in Walla Walla, WA, on January 10, 1979, to Ronald (Frog) Harting and Anne Hubbard. Melissa attended school in Waitsburg and Dayton in her earlier years, which ultimately led to her love for the surrounding rural communities. She was also a Waitsburg Days of Real Sport Princess in 1995 and spent a lot of her time raising and showing farm animals. In 2005, Melissa found her... Full story

  • Nancy Rae Bray

    The Times|Oct 19, 2023

    Walla Walla resident Nancy Rae Bray passed away quietly at home on August 28, 2023. Born on October 28, 1950 in Walla Walla, Washington and raised on the family farm in Waitsburg, where she attended Waitsburg Elementary and Waitsburg High School. She married Raymond Leon Bray on June 6, 1970. The couple moved to Walla Walla that same year where they began their new lives and started a family. She retired as an Administrative Secretary in 2004. Nancy enjoyed spending time with her family,... Full story

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