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.
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 - 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.
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.