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2023 Funeral Notices and Obituaries for Pomeroy Related People


Note: Obituaries for December of the previous year (2022) are listed on this page through January of 2023.



Carl Henry Wade

Carl Henry Wade, born Oct. 2, 1957, in Pomeroy to Cecil Wade and Beverly Smith Wade, passed away surrounded by his family Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane because of interstitial lung disease at the age of 65.

obit photo of Carl Wade, Pomeroy

Carl was a lifelong resident of Pomeroy, graduating from Pomeroy High School in 1976. Carl married Kim Capwell on Sept. 10, 1977, recently celebrating 45 years of marriage. Carl and Kim were blessed with three sons, Jeff, Michael and Andrew.

At an early age, Carl worked for various farmers and also worked for a short time at General Tractor and Implement in Pomeroy. Carl began his career at Dye Seed Ranch in 1978, where he was the mill supervisor and seed lab tech — he was a dedicated employee of Dye’s for 44 years.

Carl’s favorite season was hunting season, something he looked forward to every year. From a young age, he immensely enjoyed hunting with his dad and other family members, to later in life when he hunted with his sons and friends. He loved everything about that time of year: the preparation, the time spent with family and friends, and getting a deer or elk was an added bonus. Carl was lucky enough to draw multiple quality bull tags and harvested two trophy Blue Mountain bulls, which were memorable experiences for him. Fishing and camping with family were some of his favorite pastimes. Carl was a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan and enjoyed watching the NASCAR races.

For 20 years, Carl was a volunteer firefighter and a first responder with the Garfield County Fire Department. Carl began working with the Pomeroy Junior Gun Club when his boys began shooting and continued with the program for many years even though his sons were no longer participating in the program. He enjoyed trapshooting and one of his special memories of that time was when he was on a shooting squad with four other friends and each of them shot straight 25s with none of them missing a target in the round.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Beverly, and his grandparents Henry and Rena Wade, Carl and Marie Smith, Bernice and Ray Pence. He is survived by his wife, Kim; sons Jeff, Michael and Andrew (Amanda); grandson Greyson, all of Pomeroy; sisters Connie (Duane) Larson, of Potlatch, Debbie Taylor, of Potlatch and Tami (Kaare) Norland, of Clarkston, sister-in-law Colleen Capwell, of Spokane, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Clark and Lillian Capwell, of Colfax.

Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospital c/o Bob Cox, P.O. Box 545, Pomeroy, WA 99347; or Pomeroy Junior Gun Club, c/o Ken Bott, 389 15th St., Pomeroy, WA 99347.

A memorial service for Carl will be held at a later date in the Blue Mountains.

Richardson-Brown Funeral Home of Pomeroy is in charge of arrangements.

Edward Dee Sullivan

Edward Dee Sullivan passed away peacefully from kidney cancer Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, at his home in Pomeroy. He was born Aug. 20, 1941, in Corbin, Ky., to Ilene and James Sullivan.

obit photo of Edward Sullivan, Pomeroy

Ed moved to Pomeroy when he was 8 and attended Castle Heights Military Academy before graduating from Pomeroy High School in 1960. While training at the academy, he took flying lessons and obtained his private pilot's license.

Ed joined the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era and served as a medic. After his honorable discharge, he attended Eastern Washington University and earned a teaching degree in 1967. His teaching career at Pomeroy High School also began in 1967 and spanned 38 years. He was a bus driver, taught wood shop, mechanical drawing, psychology, sociology, U.S. history and driver's education. In addition, he coached high school wrestling and ran the concession stand for the sports alumni.

He married Connie James in 1973, and had two children: a son, Chad, and a daughter, Angel. Although they divorced in 2012, their separation was amicable and they remained friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ilene Helke, Floyd Helke, Elias Hill and James Sullivan. He is survived by his two children: Chad (Gudrun) Sullivan and granddaughters Faith and Julia, and Angel (Brett) Klippenstein, grandchildren Abram and Alice.

Ed requested not to have an official service. However, the family encourages you to pray for him and honor his memory.

Terrence "Joe" Dixon

Terence “Joe” C. Dixon, born Feb. 20, 1942, peacefully passed away in his home Monday, Dec. 23, 2022. Joe was born and raised in Pomeroy to Ruth and Carl Dixon. Joe attended Gonzaga University and later graduated from Kinman Business University in Spokane. He dedicated his life to farming. After retiring from the farming business, he owned and operated a video store in Pomeroy, where he became known as “Video Joe.” In his later years, he worked for Jim’s Fertilizer.

Joe married Donna Butler on April 20, 1963. They divorced in 1981. Joe and Donna remained close friends until Joe passed away. On April 30, 1983, Joe married Sandy Bunch. He became stepfather to Sandy’s children, Kasey, Ricky and Lisa Wescott.

Joe is predeceased by his parents, his brother Jim and his brother Sam. He is survived by his sister, Lynn Inglese, San Francisco. He is also survived by his three children and their spouses, Kathy (Tracy), Sue (Dave) and Kenny (Lisa Marie). Joe also leaves behind eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of life Feb. 25 at Holy Rosary Catholic school in Pomeroy.


Roberta Rommel

obit photo of Roberta Rommel, Pomeroy

Roberta Rommel, 90, of Pomeroy, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, at her home. Richardson-Brown Funeral Home of Pomeroy is in charge of arrangements.

Viewing was December 28, 2022, followed by a pot luck style lunch. Services were scheduled at 2 p.m. at the Pomeroy Christian Church on December 28.



John R. Henry

John R. Henry, beloved husband of almost 51 years, father and lifelong civil servant, passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, at 71 years old after a short battle with brain cancer. John was born in Coulee Dam to Ted and Sivilla Henry.

obit photo of John Henry, Pomeroy

His youth was spent moving around central and eastern Washington with his family while his father worked construction on the Columbia and Snake river dams. When John was 15, the family settled in Pomeroy where he met the love of his life, Eileen McCabe. He was an accomplished athlete in football, basketball and baseball, earning a scholarship to play football at Whitman College in Walla Walla. He eventually transferred to Washington State University to be with Eileen. They married in 1972 in Pomeroy.

John took a job with the Idaho State Patrol and he and Eileen moved to Boise, where they stayed until John was hired by the Spokane Police Department. He was with the SPD for 14 years, reaching the rank of sergeant before being medically retired in 1987 because of injuries sustained on the force. While with the SPD, John graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and then from Gonzaga Law School with a Juris Doctorate, all while welcoming son, John, and daughter, Jessica.

John practiced law in Spokane with his older brother, Robert Henry, before relocating to Pomeroy to join in practice with Rich Burns at Burns and Henry. In 1989, John was appointed Garfield County Prosecutor and he served in that role until 2006. He served as a Superior Court Commissioner in Asotin, Garfield, and Columbia Counties. He was appointed District Court Judge for Garfield County in 2009 and he stayed in that role until his retirement in 2017.

During the final years of his career and following his retirement, John and Eileen wintered in Mesa, Ariz., where John became an ace tennis player and honed his golf game. They made many dear friends over the years and thoroughly enjoyed their time in the sun and the endless happy hours. During his life, John was an avid hunter and fisherman and looked forward to his yearly deer hunt with his son.

John is survived by his wife of almost 51 years, Eileen Henry; son and wife, John and Chelsey Henry; and daughter and husband, Jessica and Brian Mennenga. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Sivilla Henry; brother, Robert Henry; and brother, Larry Henry.

He has been cremated and a family celebration of life will be held in the spring.

Carman Rae (Sanders) Dennis

Carman Rae Dennis passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane surrounded by her family, who loved her dearly.

obit photo of Carman Rae (Sanders) Dennis

Carman was born June 26, 1949, to Roy and Barbara Sanders in Pomeroy. She was the second youngest with several brothers and sisters. Carman went on to marry Gordon Beckner in June 1966 and had two daughters, Tiffany Lynn and Kimberly Ann, then later divorced.

She began her career as a grain inspector at Lewiston Grain Inspection and continued to work for a few different elevators in Idaho, South Dakota, and Washington before retiring from Columbia Grain in Clarkston in 2013. She loved her job and everyone she was blessed to work with in her career of 40-plus years.

After finding the love of her life, Duane Dennis, they were married May 16, 2009, in Las Vegas and was blessed to get another daughter, Jennifer Dennis. Carman loved going camping and four-wheeling with her husband and sweet little Yorkie, Hannah. If they weren’t at their home in Clarkston, you could find them at their second home in Joseph, Ore., or in the mountains.

She is survived by her husband, Duane Dennis; daughter and son-in-law, Tiffany and Timothy Roth; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Shane Blamires; daughter Jennifer Dennis; granddaughter Kristina Keener and husband Eric Keener; grandson Andrew Lindsley; granddaughter Kaitlyn Blamires; granddaughter Jordan Roth; granddaughter Brianna Blamires; grandson Logan Kleinman; granddaughter Devan Kleinman; one great-granddaughter Kaylin Cecelia Kenner; and several siblings.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Barbara Sanders; several siblings; and grandson Kasey Theophil Roth. A memorial and celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Lynn Marie (Watson) Greene

obit photo of Lynn Marie Watson Greene

Lynn Marie Watson Greene passed away unexpectedly at her home Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, at the age of 77.

She was born to Ralph and Evelyn (Kimble) Watson on Sept. 10, 1945. She was delivered by a midwife in Pomeroy. She grew up in the farming community of Mayview in Pomeroy and enjoyed living on the family farm. Her family was very involved in the Pomeroy Christian Church, where she was in Jobs Daughters. She took piano lessons and was a member of 4-H in food and clothing. She attended school in Pomeroy and graduated from high school in 1963. She loved being a Pomeroy Pirate cheerleader in junior high and high school and enjoyed all the games. She attended college for one year at Eastern Washington College (now EWU) in secretarial studies.

She married her high school sweetheart, Billy E. Greene, in Coeur d'Alene in 1964. The marriage ended in divorce in 2000. Together they had two children: a son, Kenneth, and a daughter, Kimberly. She was a homemaker and mother when her children were growing up and later worked as a medical receptionist at Southway Internists in Lewiston, for 24 years. After retirement she volunteered at the Asotin County Food Bank and Tri-State Memorial Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father.

She is survived by her son, Ken (Molly) Greene, of Meridian, and daughter Kim, (David) Burt, of Genesee; granddaughters Brittney and Courtney Burt, and Bekah and Rachel Johnson; grandson Derek Burt; and brother Dennis (Shirley) Watson.

Memorials may be made in her name to the Lewis Clark Animal Shelter or to a charity of your choice.

She will be buried at the Vineland Cemetery in Clarkston with a graveside service and reception at a later date this spring [2023].