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613 7th Street
Prosser, WA  99350

July 20, 2016
Resignation of Councilman Humberto Rodriguez

Prosser - City of Prosser Councilman Humberto Rodriguez announced to the Mayor, City Council, and City Administrator that he would be resigning from the City Council effective July 27, 2016.  Mr. Rodriguez submitted his letter of resignation in the afternoon of July 18, 2016 stating:
"It is with deep regret that I am submitting my resignation from Prosser City Council Position 7… 

Lavina Lorraine Mitzel
May 10, 1923 July 11, 2016
Lavina Lorraine Mitzel entered into rest on July 11, 2016 at her home at Sheffield Manor in Prosser.  She was born on May 10 1923 in Zeeland, North Dakota to William and Amelia (Koth) Will, the 2nd of 11 children.  As a young woman, she worked at a nursing home in Bismarck, North Dakota, in order to help her family.  Lavina became a pen pal to Henry Mitzel during WWII and after his discharge, the couple was married on February 9, 1946.  They moved to the Yakima Valley in 1947 and settled in Prosser in 1969 where Lavina worked as a quality control inspector for Twin City Foods, retiring after 19 years.
Lavina had a sweet spirit and everyone who knew her loved her.  She enjoyed doing embroidery, cross stitching and playing bingo.  Her greatest joy was her family who meant everything to her.
Lavina is survived by her children, Gerald Mitzel of Othello, Dorothy Harden (Carl) of Boise, ID, and Ronald Mitzel (Pat) of Othello; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sisters, Laura Johnston of Circle, Montana, Leona Westman and husband, Roy of Bellavista, AR and Dyann McCrory of Plentywood, MT; and brothers, Harold Will of Great Falls, MT and Arden Will and wife, Carla of Hardin, MT.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; her daughter, Shirley; her son, Donald; and six siblings. 
Memorial services for Lavina will be held at a later date.  You may leave an online message of condolence for the family at www.prosserfuneralhome.com

Kevin R. Poe
February 27, 1964 July 13, 2016
Kevin R. Poe, age 52, of Bothell, WA and former Yakima Valley resident passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 in Seattle, WA.  Kevin was born on February 27, 1964 in Edmonds, WA the son of Jacqueline "Jackie" Parker and Walter Wayne "Buster" Poe.  
Kevin graduated from East Valley High School with the Class of 1982 where he played football and wrestled.  After graduation Kevin became a plasterer and lived and worked in the Seattle Area.  He spent three years working on fishing and crabbing boats in Alaska, before returning to Washington.  Kevin was an avid fisherman and he liked nothing better than spending time on the water with friends and family.  
He is survived by his loving mom, Jackie Poe of Prosser, WA.  One brother, Christopher Poe of Grandview and one sister and brother-in-law Edree and Stephen Rutherford of Benton City, WA.  Kevin is also survived by nephews Dameon, Jacobb, Jonathan and David, nieces Elana, Laurin and Jackie and many good friends on both sides of the mountains.  He is preceded in death by his father, Walter Wayne "Buster" Poe in 2014.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Sunnyside, WA.  Those wishing to sign Kevin's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com    Smith Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Minnie Buccelli
April 12, 1915 July 6, 2016
Minnie Buccelli, resident of Prosser, 101 years old passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her daughter, Carol Goth, of Prosser, and friends the evening of July 6, 2016.
Minnie leaves granddaughters Erin Evans and Kelly Higgins, son-in-law James Higgins and great granddaughter, Morgan Evans, all of Tri-Cities.   She leaves son, Ronald Buccelli(Avis) of Pompano Beach Fl., son Bobby Dean (Sharon) of Myrtle Beach, SC, and granddaughters Renee Buccelli, Ronna Buccelli both of CA and great grandsons, Sean Babbison and Ian Babbison, grandson, Mark Buccelli, great granddaughters, Krysta Buccelli, Nicole Buccelli and great grandson Mitchell Buccelli all of MD.  Also, Granddaughters Autumn Savoy (Andrew) great granddaughters Kara Savoy and Meagan Savoy all of Myrtle Beach, SC also her granddaughter, Wendy Sigmund and great-grandsons, Tyler Goedeck and Tristin Dean all of Boulder Creek, CA.  Her grandson Stephen, preceded her in death in 1985.  She joins her six sisters and brothers, her heavenly family.
She has lived independently in Prosser and in an apartment built for her in Carol Goths home for three years.  She prided herself in being able to care for herself in her elder years, still able to cook and clean.  She always remembered birthdays and anniversaries and the family always relied on her good memory.
Minnie leaves many friends and neighbors especially Mountain View Estates in Prosser and many friends of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Parish.  She will be remembered in a Memorial Service on Saturday, July 23, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church at 3 p.m. with a reception afterward.  All who knew her are invited.
Robert James Willard
January 5, 1969 July 4, 2016
On July 2, 2016, Robert James Willard of Prosser, WA., age 47, went into cardiac arrest while swimming at Wild Duck Lake doing something he truly loved, celebrating the 4th of July holiday with family. He later passed away with his loved one's by his side on July 4, 2016.
Born January 5, 1969 in Renton, WA. to Richard Willard of Cle Elum, WA. and Judy Denney of Benton City, WA. Rob was raised, in Washington and Wyoming by his mother, step father, Larry Denney, a man he deeply loved and adored, along with three brothers; Jack, Scott and Chris. Larry was Rob's mentor, he introduced him to the trade; iron work. He Instilled in him integrity and the value of hard work. When Rob was 21 he reunited with his biological father, Rich and was ecstatic to meet and develop a relationship with his new found family, sisters, Tenille and Tessa and brother Richie. Robert would later have the opportunity to work side by side with his dad Rich and Uncle Jimmy as an ironworker. Rob worked over 25 years through Ironworkers Local Union 86 and for Huber Brothers as a journeyman ironworker. Rob enjoyed his old westerns such as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, etc. and Family Feud. Rob was also a huge football fan and a diehard Seahawk fanatic "Go Hawks"!!!  His love of football is one thing he enjoyed sharing with family, whether it was playing Madden with his son Devin or picking football games with his brother Scott. 
He was very family oriented and brought family back together when they were astray. Rob is survived by the love of his life, wife, Stacee, son, Devin Willard, step son; Mario Rodriquez, step daughters Katie Rodriquez and Katrina Hanson, and grand-daughter Sena Rodriquez along with extended family. He is preceded in death with his Step-father and mentor Larry Denney, Benton city, WA , his brother Jack Willard, Montana and  Grandparents Pat and Jolene Brady, Prosser, WA, Robert and Isabelle Spitzer, Kirkland, WA, Ralph and Lois Willard, Kent, WA, and his beloved dog, Lil and several aunts and uncles.
Rob was a great man with a huge heart and will be deeply missed but never forgotten.
A memorial service will be held August 27th, 1-7pm at Prosser Eagles Lodge.