YAKIMA - Wesley Josey, 66, passed away Monday, February 28, 2011 at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. He was born on October 17, 1944 in Corning, California to James and Georgia Josey. The family settled in Naches, Washington in 1957.
Wes graduated from Naches High School with the class of 1963. He was a loyal and dependable friend who you could always count on to lend a helping hand. He maintained a special lifelong relationship with his two best friends from high school, Darrell Montgomery and Larry Buchanan. Wes married Lavonne Howell on March 5, 1966 and they had two children, Lonni & Dean.
YAKIMA - Douglas Ray Beebe, 59, of Union Gap died Saturday Sept. 18, 2010 at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. Doug was born January 10, 1951 in Yakima, WA to Abraham and Marjorie (Letlow) Beebe. He was raised in Yakima County, but also lived in many different areas of California. On June 2,1973, he married Lena Duke in Caiifornia and they were married for 22 years. Doug has spent the past 13 years with his significant other, Mary Riley. Doug was an enrolled member of the Grand Ronde Tribe of Oregon. He drove logging truck for Tiin-ma Logging Company in White Swan for 30 years. Doug was a long time member of Vintiques Car Club, and A.B.A.T.E.
YAKIMA - Jimmy Albert, 71, passed away on Monday, June 22, 2009 at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.
Jimmy was born to Adam and Doris (Morford) Albert on November 16, 1937. He attended Wapato High and served in the Air Force where he was stationed in Labador, near Iceland. Jim was a life-long mechanic. He owned and operated his own business, J & M Auto Service, in the Seattle area for many years. He moved his business to Yakima in 2001 and continued his business in auto repair until his retirement in 2008 due to illness. Jim loved to work on cars. He enjoyed fishing, camping and he lived life to the fullest.
YAKIMA - Anna Bunten passed away February 13, 2010 at Regional Medical Center. She had spent most of her life in the Yakima Valley after moving there from Missouri in 1948.
She is survived by her husband Don Bunten, a daughter Betty Workman (Jack Morris) of Springfield, Missouri, two sons, Carrol Baxter of Yakima and Daimond Baxter (Marianne) of Wenatchee, 11 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Arthur Baxter, one son Marvin Baxter and two grandsons. There will be no service at Anna's request.
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,