Everett M Walker passed away peacefully, surrounded by friends and family, on May 22, 2017 at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA.
Everett was born October 21, 1943 in Providence, Rhode Island to Ralph and Ethel Walker. He and his older brother, Curtis, spent their childhood making mischief in Rhode Island until they moved all the way to the west coast. Settling in Salem, OR, Everett’s first job was as a stock boy at a local grocery store; he would later work for such grocery juggernauts as Del Monte, Nabisco, and Darigold. He graduated from South Salem High School in 1961.
Charles (Chuck) Nelson, age 86, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. He was born September 14, 1930 in Lindsay, CA to Charles H. and Ollie M. Nelson. He was the oldest of four children: Chuck, Shirley, Evelyn and Donald.
While growing up in the Lindsay/Strathmore area he helped with the family dairy and worked in his uncle Jim’s orange groves. The Nelson family moved to the West Valley area of Yakima when he graduated from high school where they farmed and started apple orchards. Within a few years the family built a small apple packing warehouse on Fisk Road.
Mary Riley, born 1944, moved to Yakima with her parents in 1946 and has been a longtime resident. She passed March 5, 2016. She retired from Yakima Specialties in 2014.
She is survived by her children John Riley, Kevin Riley, Laurie Grenz and Randall Grenz, Connie and Brad, 8 grandkids and 7 great grandchildren, sisters Jean Tangeman and Patricia and Phil Kilwien. She was preceded in death by Robert Brown, Virginia Brown, Lester Brown, Frances McCaughey, and William and Veronica Brown.
Celebration of life potluck reception at the State Fair Park at 2 PM Saturday, March 12th.
Stephen “Steve” Rolf Baisinger, 71, passed away on September 27, 2016 at Yakima Memorial Hospital. He was born on May 29, 1945 in Seattle, WA to Art and Fran Baisinger. Steve grew up in Seattle and attended Roosevelt High School. He married Kay Troupe in 1965 and together they had 2 daughters, Heidi and Gretchen. They were later divorced. After several weeks of “gloomy weekend weather in Seattle” in 1971 Steve decided to move to the drier side of Washington State and settled in Yakima. He was a certified automatic fire sprinkler contractor and, in 1978, co-founder of Inland Fire Protection with his cousin Mark Evans, retiring in 2001.
Steve married his wife Nancy in 1986 in their home in Terrace Heights where they’ve lived for almost 31 years.
John G. “Chuck” Naasz passed away at the age of 84 at Cottage in the Meadow Hospice in Yakima, Washington, on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 following a battle with cancer. Chuck, also affectionately known as “Charlie,” was born in Terry, Montana on May 31, 1931.
From Terry, Montana he moved to Fairfield (Great Falls), Mt. The family then moved in 1942 to Yakima, Washington where he attended Mckinley and Franklin schools and graduated from Yakima Senior High School in 1949. While going to school and after graduation he worked at Sigmans Bakery, Tender Crust Bakery, and Gerritsen’s