Robert “Bob” Allen Hill, 73, passed away at home in Yakima in the early morning hours on Friday, May 8, 2009, with his wife, Betty (Durey) Hill, and his good friend by his side. Bob was born July 5, 1935, in Zillah, WA, to Robert G. and Caroline (Nelson) Hill. The family moved to Yakima soon after. He graduated from Yakima High School. Bob served in the United States Air Force for nearly six and a half years and was stationed at Strategic Air Command in Nebraska. This is where his love for aviation and art combined, and his reputation as an aviation artist grew. He was awarded a permanent Professor of Arts at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, in 1989. Bob worked as a director of art for an agency in Spokane for a number of years. He moved back to Yakima to be near his family and began working as an art instructor at J.M.Perry Technical Institute,
YAKIMA - In loving memory of Kenneth G. Herd, who passed away Monday, August 13, 2007, at Yakima Regional Hospital. He was born in Snyder, Okla. on July 31, 1936, and resided in Yakima for 30 years. His last 30 years he lived in Portland Ore., where he worked as a Parts Manager for Ron Tonkin Chevrolet. Kenneth also spent many years as Chief Stewart for NASCAR.
Always a car enthusiast, Kenneth collected Corvettes and muscle cars. He was an active member of the Vintiques and Pacific NW Convertible Car Clubs.
YAKIMA - On Wednesday April 15 Michael L. McFarland passed away peacefully at Yakima's Memorial Hospital. Mike was born January 3, 1953 to Floyd and Adeline (Fry) McFarland. He was raised and educated in Cowiche, WA, graduating from Highland High School in 1971 and later graduated from CWU. On October 11, 1975 he married Cindy Brathovde. He was a Jack-of-All-Trades. He built the family home in Cowiche, where he and Cindy raised their two daughters, Andrea and Kristen. Mike was proud to have served in the US Army, as a Yakima Policeman, and as a Yakima Fireman as well as a longtime volunteer for the Cowiche Fire Department.
YAKIMA - Larry Gilkey Jr., 64, of Yakima, beloved dad, grandpa, brother and uncle passed away peacefully April 13th at his home after a short but courageous battle with lung cancer.
Larry was born October 9, 1944 to Loren and Gail Gilkey of Yakima. He spent his entire life residing on the same family property in which he was born.
He graduated from Eisenhower in 1963, and joined the Marine Corp Reserve, where he served for 6 years. With his love for all things automotive, he went to work for Texaco, Wickstrom Motors, and Al Frank's Auto. The knowledge he gained from those early jobs inspired him to open Larry's Auto Sales in 1973. In his later years, he worked in construction, and drove a mean snow plow.
TIETON - Jim Bergin, born March 29, 1941, in Hermiston, Oregon, to Viola (Hogue) and Leland Bergin, died January 3, 2007 at Tieton, Washington.
He was a man of many interests and ideas, with not enough money or time to do all he dreamed of. He said he had lived a great life, had love and respect from family and friends, had done so much and traveled just enough to appreciate our country.
Jim was in the roofing industry all his life, but he should have been a carpenter. He loved to build things. Married 45 years to his wife Bette, he probably had a remodeling project for all but four or five of those years.