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January 21, 2015
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1119 Meade Ave. 786-7787
613 7th Street
Prosser, WA 99350
509-786-1711
Susan Joyce Garoutte
September 26, 1943 - January 13, 2015
On January 13, 2015, Susan passed away at Hospice at The Chaplaincy in Richland, WA, after a courageous 10 month battle with cancer. She was 71 years old.
Susan was born in Sunnyside, WA, and was a lifetime resident of Central Washington. She was the fourth of twelve children born to Jack and Floy (Bunker) Meiser.
Susan married LeRoy Garoutte at a young age and started a family. She farmed asparagus before transitioning to a long career at Independent Foods in Sunnyside, WA. She took great pride in her work, was an excellent bowler and loved to fish!
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers David, Rob and George Meiser. She is survived by her sisters Patricia McLean, Linda Carriveau, Carol Barczyszyn, Delores Telles and Carmen Tobin, her brothers Fred, Dan and Andy Meiser and many nieces and nephews.
Susan leaves behind three children, their spouses and grandchildren who loved her very much. Her survivors include daughter Coleen Irby and her husband Randy of Prosser, daughter Heidi Garoutte of Seattle, son Jeff Garoutte andhis wife Dara of Prosser and grand daughters Meaghan, Makinsi and Haley Garoutte.
Her children would like to acknowledge friends and family who made a point of actively helping and visiting Susan during her illness. A special thanks to Pat McLean, Jacquie Kovatovich, Carmen Tobin, Blanche Tobin, Mary Lee Robinson, Linda Carriveau, Jackie and Bill Carriveau and Dale McLean.
A private ceremony celebrating Susan's life will be held later this year. Remembrances may be made to Hospice at The Chaplaincy, 1480 Fowler Street, Richland, WA.  You may leave a message of condolence for the family at www.prosserfuneralhome.com
Eugene Richard Finn
August 1, 1927 January 11, 2015
Eugene Richard Finn, age 87 of Prosser, entered into rest on January 11, 2015 at Tri-City Chaplaincy Hospice House in Kennewick.  He was born on August 1, 1927 in Yakima, Washington to Dwight and Georgia (Finn) Jensen.  He was raised and educated in Prosser, Washington where he lived his entire life.  He attended Prosser High School where he played football, basketball, baseball and graduated in 1947.  Eugene and Florence Ann Axtman were married on June 26, 1948 in Prosser where they continued to make their home and raise a family.
Over the years, Gene worked as parts manager for Taylor Motor Company, at several service stations, as manager of Bestway Lumber, as manager of Western Auto and as a waste water technician for the City of Prosser until retiring in 1995.
Gene was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church for 66 years, Knights of Columbus, Prosser Jaycees and the Lions Club.  He enjoyed fishing, drawing, reading, sports and being a handyman.  He was well known for his honesty, integrity, strong work ethic and good sense of humor.  Gene was a kind, gentle and loving person.  His family was his number one priority in life and he loved family gatherings very much.  Gene had a positive attitude, despite having Parkinson's disease.  He was a strong fighter and never complained.  Gene will be deeply missed.
Gene is survived by his wife, Florence of  Prosser; his children, Gary Finn of Benton City, Richard Finn and his wife, Ginger of Fircrest, Lonny Finn and his wife, Esther of Auburn,  Georgia Adolf of Kent and Shawn Finn of Benton City; eleven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dwight and Georgia Jensen; his grandmother, Viola Finn, who raised Gene and his brother, Ben, after their mother's early death; his daughter, Valerie Conatser; his son-in-law, Ron Adolf; and his brother, Ben Finn.
Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, January 23, at Prosser Funeral Home.  A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Prosser.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777 New York, NY 10163-4777 or Hospice at The Chaplaincy 1480 Fowler Street Richland, WA 99352. You may sign the online guest book and leave a message of condolence for the family at www.prosserfuneralhome.com
















Lucille Churchill Turner
February 23, 1929 January 16, 2015
Lucille Churchill Turner, 85, long time resident of Grandview, passed away on Friday, January 16, 2015 at her home, surrounded by loved ones.  Lucille was born on February 23, 1929 in The Dalles, Oregon.
She was the youngest of three daughters born to John Franklin and Hazel Ann (Sanders) Churchill.  Her childhood years were spent in Sixprong, Alderdale, and Paterson.  She attended Prosser High School.  Lucille loved the Yakima Valley and lived most of her adult years in Grandview.  She married Charles Dale Turner in Paterson on August 2, 1953.  They had two children, Rick Mashburn and Tracy Turner.  Lucille worked briefly outside the home.  She worked at Rasco's Dime Store for a couple of years and also helped the owners of the local jewelry store when they closed their store.  Over the years, Lucille enjoyed many hobbies.  She treasured her time on the Columbia River which included camping, boating, skiing, and swimming.  She was a long time member of bowling leagues in Grandview and played on a women's softball team.  During her 50 plus years as a very active member of the Grandview VFW, Lucille held various offices, helped organize and distribute food and gift baskets for the holidays, participated in various veteran's ceremonies and funeral honor guards, as well as marching in the Grandview parade with her fellow auxiliary members.  Patriotism and honoring our veterans was very important to her.  She served as a Camp Fire leader for a few of Tracy's groups.  Lucille was a talented artist.  She took up oil painting as an adult and had several of her "barn and old west" paintings decorating her home, many depicting her memories of the Horse Heaven Hills.  She crocheted quilts and blankets for many of her family members until her rheumatoid arthritis made it impossible to continue. 
Lucille is survived by her daughter Tracy; daughter-in-law Darlene Mashburn; grandchildren Laurel (Sergio) Cervantes, Scott (Tina Fernandez ) Mashburn, and Randi (Brian) Heizer; great grandchildren Dylan and Lauren Cervantes, and Kiley, Khloee and Kolby Heizer; nephews Dan (Sandy) Crow and Steve (Judy) Crow; and "adopted" kids, Lee and Pat Martin.  She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles, her son Rick, her sisters Lois Finn and Phyllis Turner, and great nephew Mark Crow.  Services will be on Wednesday, January 21, with viewing from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Grandview and graveside memorial will be at noon at the Paterson Memorial Cemetery in Paterson, WA.
In-lieu-of flowers, Lucille has asked that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Paterson Memorial Cemetery, PO Box 155, Paterson, WA 99345.  If you wish to sign Lucille's online memorial book, please go to www.funeralhomesmith.com.


Jack Black
September 20, 1925 - January 14, 2015
Jack J. Black long time lower valley resident passed away on January 14, 2015.
Jack was born in Red Oak, Iowa on September 20, 1925.
He spent his early childhood in Red Oak until he and his family moved to the lower Yakima Valley, locating in Outlook In the spring of 1936.  After a few years the family moved to Grandview.
Jack joined the USN in the fall of 1942 after graduating from Grandview High School.   He went on to serve in the South Pacific on the USS Rio Grande for three years until he return home in the summer of 1945.  Upon returning home from the war he met and married the love of his life Mentha Comstock in January of 1946.  They both work with his father at Black's corner while starting a family and completing his accounting degree from La Salle University.
In 1950 Jack started work at Yakima Cement Products in the office and later after completing courses he went on to designing irrigation systems for valley farms. In the mid-sixties he went to work for Sunnyside Concrete until they closed.  In the early seventies he started working at Blyel's farm service designing irrigation systems and after a few years accepted the position as accounting controller which he held until he retired at age 63.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, two brothers, two sisters and his parents. He is survived by a daughter Janice Bender of Grandview and a son Wayne Black of Vancouver, WA.  He has four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at the Lower Valley Gardens Cemetery in Sunnyside on Friday January 23rd at 2:00 PM. A Luncheon will be held after graveside services at the Grandview Bethany Community Church. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to your favorite charity.  Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in care of all arrangements. Condolences can be sent to wwwlvalleyhillsfh.com
        

Gary Lee Souders
July 6, 1945 January 18, 2015
Gary Lee Souders, 69, of Grandview went home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 18, 2015.  He loved the Lord and lived what he believed.
Gary was born on July 6, 1945 in Berkley, California to Warren and Luella (Hamilton) Souders.  He was raised and educated in Oakland until being placed in the Salvation Army Children's Home in Hillburg until its closure three years later.  He returned home with an old trumpet he was given and learned how to play it which led to him playing the coronet in The Salvation Army Oakland Citadel Band until his graduation from Hamilton High School in 1963.  He then served in the U.S. Navy for three years and returned to Oakland and entered the Salvation Army School for officer's training in 1967.  While there, he met his future wife, Joan E. Kendoll and the couple married on June 15, 1970.
Major Souders and his wife, Joan, served people and communities through the Salvation Army for thirty-nine years including over eleven years in the rural villages of Alaska and also in Utah, Colorado, California, Anacortes, Centralia and Grandview.  He attended Bethany Community Church in Grandview and led the Gary Souders men's bible study since 2004.  He was past president of the Lion's Club in California and Alaska and a member of the Grandview Rotary Club. 
Gary enjoyed fishing, especially in Alaska, loved the Oakland Raiders and sports.  He also collected antique model cars and stamps.  He had a quirky sense of humor and try as he may, could not tell a joke.
Gary is survived by his wife of 44 years, Joan of Grandview; two daughters, Aimee Souders of Grandview and Ericka Souders and her fiancée, Robin Chappell of Eugene, Oregon; brothers, Charles (Gloria) Souders of Pleasanton, CA and Melvin Souders of Berkley, CA; brothers-in-law, John Marks of Vancouver, WA and Jim (Michelle) Kendoll of Washougal; sister-in-law, Joyce (Jim) Thompson of Boise, ID; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joyce Souders and Patricia Day; and brother, Dennis Souders.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 26th at Bethany Community Church in Grandview.  If you would like to share a memory with the family, please do so in writing and bring it with you to the service.  You may also leave your message online at www.prosserfuneralhome.com.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, Mid-Columbia Corps (1219 Thayer Drive Richland, WA 99352.