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Obituaries and Death Notices for 2019
Marston Fitzsimmons, 98, of Pomeroy, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at Garfield County Hospital in Pomeroy.
Marston was born and raised in Garfield County. He married Marjorie Robinson in February, 1943. The couple farmed for many years in Garfield County until their retirement, and still lived in their farm home where Marjorie grew up.
He is survived by his loving wife, a daughter, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are with Richardson-Brown Funeral Home of Pomeroy.
The world recently lost a wonderful man. Andrew Herres was a man of all occasions, loved by all.
Andrew grew up in Pomeroy and married there. He lived most of his adult life in western Washington State. He was an All-Star basketball player at Pomeroy High School and played college ball at LCSC in the 1970’s. He loved to golf. He was always game for a new adventure. He and his wife Susan travelled the world and most recently started traveling the American west by RV. Andrew was a teacher and coach for 41 years and everybody loved Mr. Herres. He had a great sense of humor and spoke fluent “Duck”. Andrew listened to people and was always supportive. He was a humble man, putting other people first. To be loved by this man in any way was a great honor. The best way to pay tribute to his memory would be to live your life well.
Andrew and his wife had just retired and are building their dream home in Wilder, Idaho by the Snake River next to a golf course. He loved being in Treasure Valley and has greatly enjoyed his new friendships.
At 66 years young with no warning sign, he was taken from us suddenly. He is survived by his wife and partner of 16 years along with his brother and sisters, children (AJ Herres, Todd Herres, Kaisee Herres, Kelsey Wright and his step-sons John, Michael and Gregory Genoni) and grandchildren.
His funeral was held in Caldwell, Idaho on July 12, 2019. There will be a Celebration of Life for Andrew held in Eatonville, Washington, on Saturday, August 17, 2019.
Christopher Louis Pawlik
Christopher Louis Pawlik passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019, at his home in Pomeroy at the age of 67.
Chris was born in Pomeroy Dec. 2, 1951, to Hugo and Carlene Pawlik. He was blessed with a happy and secure childhood, growing up as a child of the ’50s in a small town. He shared in the family’s love of the outdoors. Fishing, arrowhead hunting and excursions to the rivers and mountains were his favorites. He graduated from Mater Cleri Seminary in 1970 and attended Western Washington State College in Bellingham. The following years were spent in Seattle, where he was employed by, and eventually became the proud owner of Native Design Gallery, located in the Pioneer Square area.
In 1995, he relocated to Whidbey Island, residing first in Coupeville and then Langley, where he worked as a bartender and in a used book and graphics store and then Virginia’s Antiques, a town fixture. His passions were reading, authors and antiques, so he was able to hone his expertise of these subjects on a daily basis. In 2009, Chris moved back home to Pomeroy to help care for his parents. He soon became the head of the local food bank, a position he held for the past 10 years, and where he will be sorely missed.
Chris loved to hunt morel mushrooms with his nephews and often hosted friends from the coast to come and share the Pomeroy experience of morel hunting and exploring his favorite local haunts. Chris was well-traveled; his favorite spot to unwind being a little cabin on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. He loved to cook, and in addition to being a voracious reader, was a talented writer and journalist. He loved to share jokes, stories and recipes, and will be missed not only by the family, but in the community and by beloved friends of many years.
Chris was preceded in death by his father, Hugo, and infant brother, Jerry. He is survived by his mother, Carlene; four sisters, Kathy (Ron) Dixon, Susan (Bill) Thurmond, Carla (Keith) Danielson and Marti (Neil) Natwick; and numerous nieces and nephews.
At his request, a private family celebration will be held. Memorial donations in Chris’ name may be made to the Garfield County Food Bank in Pomeroy.
Carol Jane (Wassard/Baker) Calkins
Carol Jane (Wassard) (Baker) Calkins, of Kennewick, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019. She was formerly of Nine Mile Falls, Washington, and Pomeroy. She had lived with Parkinson’s disease for about 20 years.
Carol was born in Portland, Oregon, August 2, 1942, to Jane (Gould) and Jack B. Wassard. She was the first of six children. The family moved to Garfield County in Washington in 1948, and Carol started school when they lived on Sweeney Gulch Road. Two years later, the family moved to the Howell Grade Road. She attended all 12 grades at the Pomeroy School District, as did all of her brothers and sisters. Her dad farmed his grandfather’s homesteaded land on Howell Grade in the Valentine Ridge area.
After high school graduation in 1961, Carol went to beauty college in Spokane. She married Roger Baker in 1962, and they farmed wheat land in the Mayview area of Garfield County until the mid-1980s. Carol and Roger had two children, Terry Baker, of West Richland, Washington, and Katrina, who died in a tragic accident while in childhood in 1972.
Carol and Roger divorced about 1979, and Carol moved to Spokane. She received a certificate in merchandising display from Spokane Falls Community College. She worked in merchandising for a number of years. She married Charles Calkins (of Calkins Machinery) in 1990, and they lived in Nine Mile Falls, until 2009, when Charlie died. Shortly after, Carol moved to Kennewick near her son, Terry.
Carol loved to raise lovely vegetable and flower gardens. In 1998, Carol and Charlie’s garden was voted the most outstanding garden in Spokane County. It had a 10-foot landscaped waterfall and two creeks and many lovely flowers, shrubs, plants and decks.
Carol and Charlie took many fishing trips around the United States, where they won many fishing contests. They also traveled to Fiji, Australia and Alaska.
Carol was an excellent seamstress and made many items of clothing. She loved to do artwork and did many crafts. She was a talented cake decorator and made many cakes for various occasions in the county. She belonged to the local garden club and one of the home economics clubs.
Carol always dressed very beautifully and had excellent taste in clothes.
Carol is survived by her son, Terry Baker, of West Richland; a grandson, Brandon (Heidi) Baker, of Clarkston; and a granddaughter, Katlyn (Tanner) Shelton, of Enterprise, Oregon. She is also survived by all of her siblings: sisters Cosette (Jerry) Moore, of Pomeroy; Kristine (Jim) Pryle, of Ellensburg, Washington; and Becky (Pat) Laughery, of Nine Mile Falls; and brothers Jack “Pepper” (Francee) Wassard, of Payette, Idaho; and Bill “William” (Nikkie) Wassard, of Kennewick; and a great-grandson and daughter of Clarkston; and another soon-to-be great-grandchild in August, 2019.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Jane Wassard; and her daughter, Katrina. Carol is missed by all who knew her.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 28, at the Pomeroy cemetery. There will be a family and friend gathering at the Pomeroy City Golf Club House after the cemetery services. All are welcome to come and share stories, songs and food with the family. Anyone wanting to bring salads, relish dishes or desserts would be appreciated.
Helen Marie Tenney
Helen Marie Tenney, 73, of Pomeroy, died Thursday, June 6, 2019, at her home. Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Avis Clark, born in Pomeroy
Avis Amelia Clark, 95, of Vancouver, Washington, passed away May 15, 2019, at Cascade Inn Assisted Living at that city. She was born in Pomeroy, Washington, to Edwin Eman Jones and Blanche (Carter) Jones. She finished the 12th grade.
Avis was a member of Grace Point Christian Church.
She loved her family, music and playing cribbage.
Avis is survived by her children, Edward J. Clark, Karen E. (Clark) Keefer, Theodore D. Clark and Kenneth L. Clark; 9 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Hoss Clark; sons, Harold John Clark and Duane L. Clark; father, Edwin E. Jones; mother, Blanche Scoggins; sisters, Irene Bower, Pearl Fogus and Nelda Johnston; brother, Marion Jones; and grandson, Clark John Keefer.
A memorial service was held May 20, 2019, with a visitation on Sunday, May 19th, 2019, at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Vancouver, Washington.
Donations in Avis's memory may be made to TCM or Grace Point Christian Church.
Jimmy passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019. Jimmy was born on September 20, 1954, to Bill and Opal Griffin and was a resident of Pomeroy at the time of passing. Jimmy graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1972.
He was loved and cherished by many people including his daughters, Cricket Lynn and Keri Lane; his niece Madison Grimm; his wife Debi; his parents, Opal Griffin and Bill Griffin; his siblings, Rodney Griffin, Lynn Shawley, and Jodene Wommack; his parents-in-law, Bill Ingram and Terri Ingram; his siblings-in-law, Tim Ingram (Brenda), Jim Shawley and Patti Grimm. He was also cherished by his dad, brothers-in-law, nephews and his many friends.
Memorials may be made to Cancer Research Institute.
Lloyd Francis Morgan died Friday, April 12, 2019, at age 90 in Spokane. He was born June 8, 1928 in Pomeroy, Washington to Florence Ella (Long) and Harold Martin Morgan, the eldest of two children. At this time, Harold worked for a variety of farmers and moved where he could find work. Lloyd started school in Garfield County at Rainwater which was a three-mile walk one way. The next several years found him in classes at Central Ferry, Pomeroy, Dixie and Deadman schools. In the 9th grade, he returned to Pomeroy. After starting the 10th grade in Pomeroy, he got ill and never returned to school. The next spring, Lloyd started farming in partnership with his father and they farmed together for 20 years.
He soon met and fell in love with Maxine Myrn Oldenburg. They were married October 15, 1949 in Pomeroy. The settled down and farmed on Deadman Creek and later at Central Ferry where they built their home. Lloyd taught himself how to play the harmonica, guitar, banjo and steel guitar. He couldn't read music, but was quick to pick up a tune and improvise. His singing was always a source of pride and comfort for his mother and he "cut a couple of 45 RPM records" at that time. In 1959 Lloyd was diagnosed with Acromegalia. Successful treatments were very rare, but a team of Spokane doctors was able to, over several months, remove Lloyd's pituitary gland with radiation. Over the years, Lloyd's health was unusual and Maxine believed in the power of prayer that saved his life on more than one occasion.
The summer of 1966 Lloyd and Maxine were displaced from Central Ferry to Rosalia. The Army Corps of Engineers wanted to build the second of three dams on the Snake River. In the rush to finish harvest at Central Ferry and to move before school started, they were surprised when the house they were to move into at Rosalia burned. The move still had to take place, and temporary quarters had to be developed in a rush. A 10' x 12" cabin was moved to the the farm, outhouse readied and beds for their two children were set up in the small shop 300 feet from the cabin. It was a cold winter, but after four months, a basement had been poured, a house was moved in, heat hooked up and a plank provided access to the front door. Once they settled into a new routine, Lloyd and Maxine worked on the house, unpacked and got involved in Kenova Grange actives. Lloyd served in several positions and was a past Master.
He was a Life Member of the Malden Masonic Lodge where he recently received a 50 year pin, and was a past Master. Lloyd also enjoyed these activities in the El Katif and Whitman County Shrine. Both Lloyd and Maxine were avid fundraisers on behalf of the organization and the Shrine Hospital in Spokane. Lloyd was a progressive farmer and while living on the river, built a pond for erosion control. Upon moving to the Rosalia area, he encountered much the same problem and once again built a pond. For these efforts, he received a Conservation Farmer of the Year. He later stocked the Rosalia pond with rainbow trout and had a "catch and release" policy for the school children and relatives who would bring families out to fish. LLoyd explained to his young audiences the importance of a pond for flood control, water conservation and increased drainage for the neighboring fields. When they lived near Pomeroy, his hobbies were hunting, fishing, searching for Indian artifacts and trap shooting. After moving to the Rosalia area, he gave up the first three hobbies but continued to trap shoot until the early 1980s when failing eyesight became an issue. He then joined Maxine in researching genealogy and they spent much of the spare time developing their family trees.
Lloyd lost Maxine last November. He is survived by daughter Annette Moller (Dusty) and son Terry Morgan (Janet), grandson Gabriel Morgan, step-grandchildren Ben (Katherine), Heather Garrett and Grace Di Biase, step-great-grandchild Roman Schulze, Sam and Prudence Di Biase; bother Harold Eugene Morgan (Virginia) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were at Richardson and Brown Funeral Home, Pomeroy, Washington on Friday, April 19, 2019, followed by a brief graveside service and luncheon. Memorial donations may be given in his name to the Shriners Hospital for Children Spokane or Union Gospel Mission Spokane.
Barbara E. Bingman, of Pomeroy, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation in Clarkston. She had celebrated her 88th birthday just two days earlier.
She was born March 31, 1931, in Milton, Oregon, to Hayden and Mary Sams Alderman. She attended school there, graduating from McLoughlin High School.
She married James Moore, and together they had three children: Connie, Christy and Jerry. They later divorced.
Barbara attended Walla Walla Community College School of Nursing, earning a degree as an LPN. She worked for many years at the VA hospital in Walla Walla, and later at Memory Manor in Pomeroy.
She married Ivan Bingman on May 1, 1982, in Pomeroy. They were married for 33 years before his passing in 2015.
She enjoyed crocheting and sewing. There were many lucky recipients of her handiwork, from afghans and blankets to pajamas and hot pads. She especially loved working in her flower gardens and spent countless hours tending to them. She is renowned for growing beautiful flowers, and iris were her favorite. She was a member of the garden club and Pomeroy First Christian Church.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Ivan Bingman; son Jerry Moore; daughter Christy Moore Grandy; stepson Mylon Bingman; brother Eugene Alderman; and sisters Jenny Zerba, Melvina Brown and Ruth Thomas.
She is survived by her daughter, Connie (Ron) Niebel of Clarkston; stepson Bob (Teresa) Bingman of Pomeroy; stepdaughters Melody (Steve) Jones and Candy (Bob) Howard of Walla Walla; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held April 13, 2019, at Pomeroy First Christian Church, followed by a graveside service at Pomeroy City Cemetery.
Richardson-Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Pomeroy First Christian Church or to the charity of one’s choice.
Carroll A. Schultheis of Colton
Carroll A. Schultheis, 86, a lifelong Colton, Washington, farmer, passed away March 10, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family, after a short battle with cancer.
Carroll was born May 31, 1932, in Colton to Jacob and Frances (Haupt) Schultheis. He attended St. Boniface Catholic grade school and high school, graduating in 1950. Carroll attended Gonzaga University for a semester before he joined the US Army in 1952. He served during the Korean War until his honorable discharge in 1954. It was during this time that Carroll married Edna Mae Morbeck on July 24, 1953 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Uniontown. Together they made the family farm in Colton their home.
Carroll farmed his entire life, taking great pride in working the land. He was named the State Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1987. Carroll was a member of St. Gall Catholic Church and was active in the Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand Knight from 1964-1966 and as District Deputy 1972-1974. He served on the Diocesan Catholic School Board for seven years and the Diocesan Catholic Foundation Board for nine. Carroll was active in the Colton Booster Club, served on the Board of Directors of the Uniontown Cooperative Assn., spent six years serving on the ASCS County Committee and was a member of the American Legion.
Carroll was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and always put his wife and family first. Upon retiring he enjoyed golfing and time spent with family no matter what the event.
Carroll is survived by his wife of 65 years Edna Mae at the family home in Colton; six sons: Steve (Shelly) Schultheis of Beaverton, Oregon; Bob (Jennifer) Schultheis of Marshfield, Missouri; Gerry (Debbie) Schultheis of Mead, Washington; Art (Sue) Schultheis of Colton; Ed Schultheis of Monroe, Washington; Greg (Kim) Schultheis of Colton; daughter Cathy (Ken) Douglas of Portland, Oregon; 12 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren (and two on the way); three sisters: Ann Heitstuman of Pomeroy, Washington; Myrna Schimmels of Spokane Valley, Washington; Lela Sergi of Mercer Island, Washington; and a sister-in-law Karen Schultheis of Clarkston, Washington. Carroll was preceded in death by his parents and a brother J. Leigh Schultheis.
A Vigil and Rosary was said on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at St. Gall Catholic Church in Colton. The Funeral Mass was Friday, March 22, at St. Gall's. Vault interment followed at St. Gall Catholic Cemetery. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman was entrusted with arrangements. Memorial donations can be made to the St. Gall Endowment Fund or to Guardian Angel-St. Boniface School in Colton.
Virgil Ray Bowles was born March 31, 1926, in Pataha, Wash., to Thurman and Mildred Bowles, and he passed away Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at age 92. He had one brother, Willy, and two sisters, Maureen and Norma, who preceded him in death.
Growing up during the Great Depression, Virgil attended Pataha School. Jobs were scarce and he had to learn many skills and work a variety of jobs from logging, lineman, carpenter and mechanic to finally working for the Garfield County Road Department while working his farm.
Virgil married Juyne Hender on June 17, 1951, and they moved onto the farm on Dutch Flat, where they lived a wonderful, loving life together. There they raised their four children and showed them the meaning of true love of each other and for the Lord.
Virgil raised a large garden every year and hunted to help provide food for his family. After the kids left home, he continued to garden and shared produce with friends and families around town. When Juyne passed away, Virgil taught himself how to make zucchini bread, to the enjoyment of many. Virgil loved God and his church and rarely missed a service. He enjoyed helping out at the senior center and the historical society, and he served his community whenever possible. Santa and Mrs. Claus are together, again.
In March of 2015, Virgil lost the love of his life, Juyne, after 63 years of marriage. His son, Larry, passed away in July of 2016. Virgil is survived by children Vickie (Jim), Lori (Kirk), Susie, Gary (Patty) and many grand/great-grandchildren. A celebration of his life was held Sunday, March 3rd, at the Pomeroy Christian Church.
Kenneth Eugene Shelton died on February 8, 2019, at Washington Odd Fellows Home. He was born to Herman and Gladys Shelton on July 4, 1932, in Pomeroy. After graduating from high school, Ken worked for the Green Giant Company until he retired in 1974.
Ken enjoyed and excelled at many things, which included golf, dancing, fishing and gardening. He loved cruising with his wife, Lois, watching the Mariners and was a devoted Zag fan.
He is survived by his daughter, Kay Barga; son-in-law, Bruce Barga; grandson, Marc Bruce; granddaughter-in-law, Karri Bruce; great grandson, Noah Bruce; great granddaughter, Sylvia Bruce; brother, Phil Shelton of Yakima; and sister, Judy Morfield of Anchorage, Alaska.
At Ken’s request, there was no funeral service. A graveside memorial service was planned for late May, 2019.
The family gives special thanks to Dr. Jon Gardner, for his wisdom, skill and compassionate care over the years. Thanks to Providence St. Mary’s ICU and the palliative care service for their contributions to Ken’s comfort. Washington Odd Fellows Home deserves recognition for their kind and loving staff, who treated Ken like their own family. Donations may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Society or Books for Babes.
Delores Mae Weaver
Delores Mae Weaver, 96, of Ephrata, Washington, beloved mother, grandmother and aunt went to be with our Lord on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.
She was born in International Falls, Minnesota to Harry Nichols of Norwich, England and Bernadette Dumais of Lorette, Manitoba on June 30, 1922.
In 1965, she moved to Washington state. God gave her such a tender heart and giving spirit, in which drew dear ones close, near and far. She enjoyed fishing, her garden and fruit trees and the outdoors.
Family and faith were very important to her. She was survived by her four sons Alexander (Carolyn) Weaver of Ephrata, Washington; Jack (Patti) Weaver of Pomeroy; William (Betsy) Weaver of Monument, Colorado; and Michael (Linda) Weaver of Spokane, Washington as well as her cherished seven grandchildren Shannon, Jeff, Nicole, Julie, Jay, Leilani and Jonathan; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 29 years Jack Weaver, sons Patrick and Robert and grandson Glen.
A funeral service was held on February 8, 2019, Nicoles Funeral Home, Ephrata, followed by a graveside service at Pioneer Memorial in Moses Lake, Washington.
Sylvia Sillonis, 92, of Pomeroy, died at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019.
The youngest of four children, Sylvia was born July 6, 1926, in Barber, Idaho, to Eladia Zatica and Ben Goicoechea, both from the province of Bizkaia, in northern Spain. Ben was employed at the mill at Barber, and the family later moved to Boise. She was raised in Boise with her older brothers, Joe and Carl, and sister Rosie. The Goicoechea residence was located in the downtown Boise Basque community, and they all participated in many celebrations and dances.
The family belonged to St. John’s Parish, and Sylvia graduated from St. Teresa’s Academy in 1944. Sylvia first worked in Boise at Idaho Compensation, eventually being employed there for 10 years. During this time, Sylvia met Robert Sillonis from Mountain Home, a brother of one of her good friends, Lydia Sillonis Jausoro. Sylvia and Bob were married at St. John’s Cathedral on Dec. 12, 1953. Their first child, Cristie Marie, was born in Boise. Two sons, Alfonso and Robert Louis, completed the family.
Bob joined the Army Corps of Engineers and he and the family lived in several places while he worked on dam projects — Arlington, Ore.; Clinton, Mo.; Umatilla, Ore.; and finally to Pomeroy. It was here that the Sillonis family established roots. Cristie, Al and Rob went to schools here and graduated from Pomeroy High School.
Sylvia worked for the Garfield County District Court, but also helped with Blue Birds and Cub Scouts. She also served on the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Parish Council for several years. Bob and Sylvia had taken up golf, and Sylvia served as president and as vice president of the Pomeroy Ladies Golf Association. They loved the community, and she stayed in Pomeroy after Bob’s death in 1979.
Sylvia is survived by daughter Cristie and son-in-law Doug Gasseling of Cheyenne, Wyoming; son Al Sillonis of Spokane; son Rob and daughter-in-law Kim Sillonis of Colfax; grandchildren Jeremy Shahan and Jake (Keisha) Shahan; great-grandchildren Kennedy, Harper, Declan and Lincoln Shahan; and sisters-in-law Bonnie Goicoechea and Ellen Lou Goicoechea. Sylvia also is survived by many Goicoechea, Sillonis and Jausoro nieces and nephews.
Sylvia was preceded in death by husband Robert Sillonis (January 1, 1979); sister Rosie and her husband, Phil Stanton; brothers Joe and Carl Goicoechea; brothers-in-law Julio, John, Richard and Alfonso Sillonis; sister-in-law Lydia Sillonis and her husband, Louis Jausoro; and niece Margie and nephews Benjie and Kenny Goicoechea. Sylvia was buried with her husband Bob at Morris Hill cemetery in Boise.
Sylvia was a wonderful, cheerful person with a great wit, beautiful smile, and contagious laugh. Her family mentioned that she liked to give out orders, but it was always with love. She had loyal neighbors in Pomeroy, and Sylvia appreciated the rides they gave her to appointments and on errands, their many acts of kindness and their prayers for her on their prayer chains. She herself was a woman of prayer, saying the rosary every morning. She loved well and was well loved. We will miss her.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated by Father Bob Turner and Father Steve Warner at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Pomeroy. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Merchant Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions honoring Sylvia can be made to Holy Rosary Parish Backpack Program; or Pomeroy Ambulance.
Billie Mae Evanson-Johnson
Billie passed on at her home in Spokane, with family at the bedside, from lung disease.
She was born Feb. 8, 1947, to Lloyd and Macy Evanson in Pomeroy. She graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1965, then attended Esther’s Beauty School in Spokane.
She married Marvin Kimble and they had two sons — Scott and Tom — and they later divorced. Billie worked in retail sales her entire life.
Billie married John Johnson on June 7, 2001.
Billie is survived by her husband, John; sons Scott and Tom; and many stepchildren and grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Robert (Bob) C. Scott crossed over into the gates of heaven on January 13th, 2019, at Kadlec Regional medical center in Richland, Washington. Bob was born on March 25th, 1958, in Hermiston, Oregon, to Art and Kay Robertson Scott. Bob's dad Art was in the operating engineers' union following all the dam work, thats how they ended up in Pomeroy. Bob attended 5th thru 12th grade in Pomeroy, graduating in the class of 1976.
After High school, Bob attended welding school at Walla Walla Community College; then then joined the union Ironworkers local #14. Bob married Myra Bowen June 13, 1981. They had two children Ryan and Lindsay. They later divorced. Years later, Bob had another child with Valerie Dixon, a son, Nathan.
Anyone who knew Bob knew he lived and breathed for the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, camping. Bob helped many people get active in the outdoors. He also helped many people harvest their first animal. Bob was an active member of the Richland Rod and Gun Club since 2012. Bob was the most kind and generous man, who had the biggest heart, the greatest sense of humor and the best laugh! He had way too many inside jokes. Bob loved spending time with his family, grandkids and friends. He was a small town man and just a good ol' boy.
Before Bob retired he put in over 40 years with the Ironworkers local #14. He worked at Hanford for many years and was a Steward at the vit plant for 5 years and was on the Executive board for 2 years as well.
Bob was the Best Son, Brother, Father, Papa and friend. Bob is proceeded in death by his Father Art, Mother Kay, and uncle Robert D. Scott. Bob is survived by a brother Bud and wife Mary Scott of Asotin Wa. A sister Dee Dee and husband Will Weymouth of Pomeroy, Washington; a brother Mike Scott of Shoreline, Washington; a son Ryan 36 of Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii; and grandkids Wyatt and Clara; a daughter Lindsay King of Clarkston, Washington; and grandkids Gage, Parker, and Addi Kay; a son Nathan Scott of Tri-cites; a cousin, roommate and hunting partner Shane Scott of Benton City, Washington; and a surrogate mother Janice Cole of Pomeroy, Washington.
A memorial service was held on January 26th, 2019, at the First Christian Church in Pomeroy followed by Celebration of Life dinner at the Catholic school. Donations can be made in Bob Scott's honor at US BANK C/O Lindsay King. The donations will go to the Richland Rod and Gun Club
Laverne "Les" Lester Boyd
Laverne Lester “Les” Boyd, 77, of Pullman, WA passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Pullman Regional Hospital.
Les was born June 14, 1941, in Pullman to Laverne and Virginia (Bryson) Boyd. He grew up on the family farm and attended Pullman schools. After graduating from Pullman High School in 1959 he attended WSU.
Les married Nicka Laisner and together they had two children, Chris and Dasi. The family made their home in Pullman. Les and Nicka later divorced.
Les married Patricia Rice on September 10, 1994. They lived on the family farm before moving to Pomeroy in 2008. They returned to Pullman in 2016.
Les was an Instructional Technician and later an Adjunct Associate in research at the Zoology Department at Washington State University, retiring in 1992 after thirty one years of service. His work at WSU included consulting work as a raptor biologist with various institutions including the Cornell University Peregrine Fund, the Canadian Fish & Wildlife Service, the Washington State Game Department, and the Seattle Zoo. Highlights of his career included being invited to present research papers at the London Zoological Society, and opportunities to study and breed raptors in Bahrain and Iran. He always felt he had the perfect job as it combined his love of raptors, his interest in inventing, and his love of travel.
After retiring from WSU Les began a quail breeding project with his son, Chris. Chris, and later Les's grandson, Tom Boyd, managed Boyd's Bird Company until 2018. Les's interest in falconry began in 1954 and lasted his entire life. He bred raptors in captivity at his facility on Airport Road in Pullman from 1972 until 2004. When Les and Pat weren't working together in the falcon breeding project they traveled, fished and spent time outdoors.
Les was a past officer and an honored member of the North American Falconers Association (NAFA) and the Washington Falconers Association (WFA). He was interested in native plants, especially on the Palouse and was a member of the Palouse Prairie Organization.
Les is survived by his wife Patricia of Pullman; son Chris Boyd of Palouse, Washington; daughter Dasi Daniels of California; stepson Aaron (Erin) Rice of Pullman; stepdaughter Catherine Williams of Twin Falls, Idaho; brother Kenneth Boyd (Nancy) of Prescott, Arizona; nephew Travis Boyd (Adelia) of Pasco; nephew Chaar Boyd of Flagstaff, Arizona; niece Ellie Boyd of Spokane; grandson Tom Boyd of Pullman; grandson Shiloe Swisher of California; granddaughter Kristine Hensley (Tyler) of Pullman and step grandchildren Devin, Lexi and Cayli Williams of Twin Falls. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Cheryl Ficca and brother Gary Boyd.
Les was loved for his kindness and humility, and known for his love of nature and the environment, inventive mind and lateral thinking. No words can express our deep felt sense of love and loss.
There was a memorial service for Les on Friday, January 18, 2019, at Kimball Funeral Home in Pullman. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Les's name to The Archives of Falconry, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, ID 83709.