March 25, 2015
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1119 Meade Ave. 786-7787
613 7th Street
Prosser, WA 99350
William David Edie Jr.
August 24, 1926 March 20, 2015
William David Edie Jr., 88, of Prosser, Washington, passed away, Friday, March 20, 2015 at his home.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday, March 27, at 11:00 AM at the Prosser United Methodist Church.  Pastor Bo Bryan will be officiating.  A public viewing will be held at the Prosser Funeral Home before the service, from 9:00 - 10:30 AM.
Bill was born August 24th, 1926 in Fayettville, Arkansas to William and Gertrude (Brown) Edie.  He            graduated from Prosser High School in 1945 and joined the Army the same year. Bill married Rita          Kodithuwakku on May 20, 1985.  Bill was and 'old iron worker', as he would say.  He worked as such for 35 years as part of Local 14 in Spokane.  He spent 25 of those iron working years at Columbia Basin Steel.  Later, he worked for Kaiser as a security escort at Hanford.  Bill was a high ranking member of many organizations.  He had the honor of the following posts:  Grand Standard Bear for the Knights of Templar, a twelve time Worthy Patron as well as Deputy Instructor to the Order of the Easter Star (OES), a member of the Kamikan York Rite College, Deputy Grand Master of the Free and Accepted Masons, a three time Royal Patron in Amaranth, a Masada Charter member, a three time Watchman and Shepherd of the White Shrine of Jerusalem and a member of the Honorary DeMolay Legion of Honor.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Rita Edie of Prosser;  sister, Faye Myers of Bryan, Texas; son, Terry Edie and his wife Janelle of Stuttgart, Germany; daughters, Tena Edie of Spokane, Washington and Teresa     Griffin and her husband, Billy Joe Griffin, of Spokane; along with many nieces, nephews, grandchildren   and countless friends that came to know and love him.
Bill is preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Sarah Brown; parents, William and Gertrude   Edie; sisters, Ginger Steffen, Wanda Bradshaw and Betty Meriweather; daughters, Kay Buchanan and      Virginia Stephenson; grandson, Robbie Kline; and great grandson, Matthew Bonnet. 
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to Bill's memorial fund, here at
You may sign the online guestbook and leave a message of condolence for the family at
Robert Lee Andrews
October 25, 1930 - December 15, 2014
What to do…..2370 gallons of water per minute…..flowing from an artesian well…..74 degree temperature.  It's a blessing but it does create problems, too, for Robert Andrews. 
Should he put in more pasture? He's been irrigating 80 acres from this well for the past 12 years, at a rate of about 500 gallons per minute.
 Should he put the water on more wheat acres?  He's been pre-irrigating some of his wheat land.
Or should he go to row crops-potatoes, sugar beets, wheat or such-which could bring in more dollars per acre?  But this will mean new machinery and new farming techniques.
These are some of the possibilities Andrews will be pondering as work to cap the well progresses.
Certainly it is more pleasant thinking, than how to get more water, as is so often the case…..One thing for sure, life will never be the same on the Robert Andrews Horse Heaven Ranch……(As written by Helen Willard).
Today the Andrews family has developed a total of 12 wells producing approximately 20,000 gallons a minute that Pioneer Robert Andrews had the foresight to seek more than 50 years ago.
Today the Andrews family produces more than 3500 acres of wine grapes along with many other irrigated crops made possible from the water of these wells.  The Andrews ranch is located on McKinley Springs Road, about 25 miles from Prosser and just over the Klickitat County Line.
A Celebration of Life for Robert Andrews will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at the Andrews Farm at 148 McKinley Springs Road, Prosser, Washington.
The Andrews Family and Washington FFA Foundation are excited to announce the creation of the Robert Andrews Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Thirteen scholarships will provide educational opportunities for Prosser seniors pursuing a degree in agriculture, future agriculture teachers and Washington FFA officers.
Donations can be made to the scholarship fund by donating at the Washington FFA Foundation website at or by mailing a check to Washington FFA Foundation, 152101 W. Richards Rd., Prosser, WA  99350. Please make the check payable to the Washington FFA Foundation Robert Andrews Memorial Scholarship Fund.  You may leave a message of condolence for the family at
Thomas Christopher Starr Mears
June 9, 1998 March 16, 201
Thomas Christopher Starr Mears, age 16 of Prosser, entered into rest on March 16, 2015 at his home in Grandview. He was born on June 9, 1998 to Michael Allen Mears and Kimberly Anne Starr in Prosser. He was currently a Junior at Prosser High School and was attending the YVCC, Grandview Campus as part of the Running Start Program. 
Tom was very gifted as an aspiring writer and artist. He had a quick wit and brought laughter to those around him. He loved puns and was a proud nerd. He was a member of Prosser High School SWAT (Students with Aptitude in Technology) team and for several years volunteered as a sound and light technician for The Miss Prosser Pageant and the Prosser Conservatory of Theatre for Children.
He enjoyed spending time with his family. Every Friday night, Tom and his dad got together with "the gaming group" and played Role Playing Games where his humor and imagination shined. Gaming was something Tom thoroughly enjoyed. Tom and his mom had a "date" most Tuesdays when they would cook dinner together, catch up, and play games and listen to his favorite music. One of his favorite memories was traveling across the country with his mother and stepfather, L.J., to New York. More recently he became passionate about anime and manga and he started to play the bass. 
Tom had a heart for animals, especially cats, even though he was allergic to them. He and his dad rescued three baby kittens abandoned by their mother and became "Momma Cat" to them, bottle feeding them and nurturing them into adulthood. Because of his love for anime, he and his dad called the kittens the Dragonballs.
Tom is survived by his parents, Mike Mears of Grandview and Kimberly Starr and L.J. Da Corsi of Prosser; his brother, Timothy Mears of Cheney, WA; his stepsisters, Anne Da Corsi and Christine Da Corsi Valcarcel and their families, of Richland; and his grandparents, Pat and Jim Mears of Prosser, Irwin Starr of Sarasota, Florida and Eileen Starr and John Douglas of Spokane. He was preceded in death by his great grandmothers, Hanna (Granny) Haney and Lillian Mears; and step-grandmother, Charlie Valentine.    
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Prosser. Following the service a potluck lunch will be served. If you are interested in bringing anything for the potluck, please call Kerrie Warden at 509.303.0355 so she can coordinate dishes. Nursery services will be provided. If you would like to share a memory there will be an opportunity to do so at the service or you may write a memory and bring it with you to the service or you may leave an online message for the family at  Please wear yellow, Tom's favorite color when he was young and the color of suicide awareness.  Memorial contributions may be made to the non-profit organization Out West Pet Rescue at (509) 832-3060, 424 Wine Country Road, Suite #5, Prosser, WA 99350.
Dr. Carl Burroughs "Burr" Field III
February 6, 1951 March 19, 2015
Dr. Carl Burroughs "Burr" Field III was born February 6, 1951 in Great Falls, Mont., to Christie and Carl Field, Jr. He grew up 60 miles to the northwest, in Choteau, graduating from Choteau High School in 1969. That year he overcame an eye injury to help lead Choteau's team to win the Montana State basketball championship. He was active in football, basketball, swimming, choir and Boy Scouts, becoming an Eagle Scout. Burr had three older sisters, Chris, Rachel, and Sharman, whom he adored, and with whom he enjoyed lifelong friendships.
Burr followed in his parents' footsteps to Stanford University. He worked his way through college as a dining hall server, where he met the love of his life and future wife, Mary Jean Chase, in 1971. While at Stanford, Burr and Mary Jean each enjoyed studying in Germany. After three summers spent working in the Bob Marshall wilderness in Montana and graduating in 1973, Burr began his medical training at the University of Washington's WAMI program, training in communities in Montana, Washington, and Alaska. He married Mary Jean in 1976 in Palo Alto, Calif., completed medical school in 1977, and conducted his internship in Spokane and his family medicine residency in Yakima, Wash. In 1981, Burr and Mary Jean moved to Prosser, Wash., where he joined Valley Family Medicine with Dr. Ben Sonnichsen, who would become Burr's lifelong business partner and dear friend. Together, they joined Valley Vista Medical Group with Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in 2005.
Burr and Mary Jean have four children: Jeannie Rose, Rachel, Carl, and Molly. The Field children realized Burr's dream of studying abroad, becoming Rotary exchange students after high school in Thailand, India, Argentina, and Austria, respectively. Burr and Mary Jean visited each of them and hosted seven students from around the world. They were avid Mustang fans, attending football, basketball, tennis, swimming, wrestling, and soccer matches, even after their kids graduated. The Field family enjoyed precious family time together in the summers at Glacier National Park, Mont., and Cannon Beach, Ore.
Locally, Burr was known as Dr. Field, a genuine, warm family doctor who went the extra mile. He made house calls and prayed with patients, from welcoming new babies into the world to caring for families throughout their entire lives. Burr was an active member of the Grace Fellowship church family, which he attended with Mary Jean, and enjoyed singing with the worship team. Burr especially loved animals, from domesticating numerous stray cats to loving the family's dogs over the years: Max, Toby, Charlie and Annie. He loved to cook good food and host people, inviting them to listen to jazz or taste a wine he knew they'd enjoy. Burr presided over many a delicious meal where old and new friends alike lingered at a table full of laughter and love. He loved to grow flowers, especially roses and lilies, and was Prosser's Amaryllis Santa Claus, giving away thousands of potted amaryllis plants over 20 Christmases.
After being diagnosed with cancer in May 2013, Burr and Mary Jean enjoyed the sweetness of life in major events and everyday moments. They traveled to Spain and the East Coast; celebrated daughter Molly's graduation from Stanford; launched daughter Rachel into her career as a physical therapist in Seattle; walked daughter Jeannie Rose down the aisle as she married Nate Barksdale, of New York City; and welcomed and enjoyed grandparenthood together with their darling grandson Carl Burroughs Field V, born to son Carl and daughter-in-law Christy Olsen Field, of Seattle. Burr also planted two more rounds of amaryllis bulbs, cheered the Seahawks on to a Super Bowl victory, was Grand Marshal with Mary Jean for the 2013 Prosser Mustangs Homecoming, and enjoyed his fill of pecan rolls from Junebug's Bakery.
Burr fought the good fight, kept the faith, and finished the race at sunrise on March 19, 2015 at age 64, surrounded by his family, after 22 months of living richly with cancer.
The Fields are overwhelmed with gratitude for the support of the Prosser community and all who have cared for the family during this time, especially Dr. Ben Sonnichsen, Dr. Jose Ness, Dr. Robert Chen, and the staff at Prosser Memorial Hospital and Heartlinks Hospice, for their incredible care; Grace Fellowship and other friends for providing meals; and our Prosser "extended family," the Sonnichsen, Heintz, and Ellis families.
The family is establishing a scholarship fund in Burr's honor, to support rural medicine by providing scholarships to Lower Valley residents pursuing a career in health. In Burr's own words, "My motivation in caring for people has everything to do with my faith. I try to care for people holistically because I believe God cares deeply for each person… It is the reason I came [to Prosser] and it is the reason I'm staying here."
Burr Field's Celebration of Life will be Saturday, March 28 at 3 p.m. at Prosser Bethel Church (270 N Gap Road in Prosser). There will also be a public viewing on Friday, March 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Prosser Funeral Home (1220 Sheridan Ave). In lieu of flowers, the family encourages people to share memories at or donate to the Dr. Burr Field Scholarship Fund, online or by check to PO Box 1655, Prosser, WA 99350. You may leave a message of condolence for the family at

Three males arrested

Benton County - On March 22, in the morning hours, Benton County Sheriff's Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle, which had been reported stolen out of Vancouver, WA. 
After deputies attempted to stop the vehicle in the area west of I -82, near MP 96 the driver of the stolen vehicle lead deputies on a vehicle pursuit, which ended back in Benton City.  A short time later a Benton City homeowner located two males hiding in his detached shop.  The homeowner called 911 and deputies arrived just after the two males fled on foot.  An on duty Pasco Police K-9 Unit, along with West Richland and Richland Officers, responded to assist.  A K-9 track was conducted, which lead deputies to the stolen vehicle and stolen property.