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613 7th Street
Prosser, WA  99350

September 21, 2016
Be Aware Says Sheriff

Richard Lee Miller ll
May 21, 1962 August 18, 2016
The Benton County Sheriff's Office would like the public to be aware of the following:
On July 21, 2016, at about 11:46 am, the reporting party called in a report about two white males, who appeared to be in their 20s, and were wearing "DirecTV" shirts, came to her door and identified themselves as "Quality Control" technicians with "DirecTV". 
Richard Lee Miller ll, born May 21, 1962, was blanketed in His brilliance on August 18, 2016. Richard was born and raised in Prosser, Washington, where he lived until he moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 1988. Throughout his life, Richard pursued a God given talent of artistry. After moving to Alaska, he was especially known for his carvings from whalebone and ivory, which were collected and in great demand throughout the United States. The exceptional passion and detail Richard put in each piece made all of them one of a kind. 
Richard could see the beauty and spirituality in everything he did, whether working on an art piece or being one with the wonders around him. He truly was a gentle soul, who never gave up on the good in people and in life.  He held family and friends deep in the depths of his heart and never wanted anyone to ever doubt his love for them.
Richard is survived by his mother, SL Miller, his sister Karen (Butch) Clark, his sister Tam (Todd) Rupert, his brothers Terry (Hollye) Miller, Jarrod (Ali) Boyle and Jay (Rachel) Boyle.  Richard is also survived by many nieces and nephews, including great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins and his former stepmom Vida (Ross) Johansen.
Richard was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents and his dad, Richard "Dick" Miller, who along with Jesus, welcomed his son at the gates of heaven.
Dear sweet Richard, we will forever miss you. We thank God for the memories of all our times of fun, laughter and of course the great big bear hugs. We love you more than any words could describe and certainly beyond measure. We will see you again.
Georgette Leonie (Arrestouilh) Butler
December 16, 1924 August 29, 2016
Georgette Leonie (Arrestouilh) Butler entered into rest on August 29, 2016 at Crescent Health Center in Yakima.  She was born to Germain and Marceline (Riviere) Arrestouilh on December 16, 1924 in Richland, Washington where she was raised and educated.  She graduated from Richland High School in 1943.  She worked for E. I.  Dupont from 1943 to 1945. Georgette married Othel R. Butler on November 17, 1945 in Pasco and the couple made their home in Prosser where they raised their three children, Linda, David and Laura.  In 1966, she went to work for the Prosser School District in Food Services for sixteen years, including eight years as Food Services Director until retiring on July 1, 1982.  She enjoyed traveling with friends and camping and fishing with family.
Leona was a Campfire Girl's leader, assistant leader and served on the Camp Fire Board of Directors for thirteen years as secretary and served for several years on Finance, Personnel, Camping and Awards Committees.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and enjoyed many years volunteering in church activities.  She also volunteered at the Jubilee Ministries Food Bank.
Leona is survived by her children, Linda Bourgeois of Hillsboro, Oregon, David Butler and his wife, Yvonne and Laura Menke and her husband, Michael, all of Selah; her grandchildren, Aaron and Nicole Bourgeois and her great-grandchildren, Michaela, Rhett and Sarah; brother-in-law, Wesley Butler and wife Bonnie Jean of Deer Park; sisters-in-law, Charlotte Butler of Prosser; and Donna Butler of Spokane; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Jean in 1994 and Marcel in 1951; and sisters, Marceline Stock and Alice Deaver; and brothers-in-law, Rolland "Pete,"  Burtis, Homer, Alton and Chester Butler; and sister-in-law, Alta May Schlosser.
Viewing will be held from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6th at Prosser Funeral Home with Recitation of the Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Concluding services and burial will follow in the Prosser Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 100 West Harrison Street N200/Seattle, WA 98119.  You may leave a message for the family at www.Prosserfuneralhome.com

Anna (Untch) Melgaard
September 13, 1926 August 30, 2016
Anna (Untch) Melgaard, age 89, went to be with her Lord and Savior on August 30, 2016.  Anna was born in German (Saxon) community in Reichesdorf, Romania on September 13, 1926 to Simon and Rosina Untch.  She grew up helping on the family farm where they raised grapes, flax, corn, beans, pigs and cattle.  She enjoyed going with her extended family to work together in the fields.  Many of the men from her area in Transylvania were forced into the German Army during WWII.  After the war, Germans owed the Soviets war reparations, and thousands of young people from her area were shipped in box cars to slave labor camps in Ukraine.  There they were forced to do hard physical labor, but were given very little to eat.  After two and a half years, Anna was so emaciated that she was sent to East Germany to recuperate.  Her sister was already there and together, the girls escaped to West Germany.  They were not allowed to return to their home because they hadn't finished their 5 years' obligation.  They had an uncle, Jack Untch, in Prosser, who spent over two years working on the paperwork to bring the sisters to Prosser.  When they arrived in 1950, they saw fields and orchards full of produce and were reminded of home, but the hills surrounding Prosser were barren.
In 1953, Anna married Alfred Melgaard and moved across the road to his farm, where they raised dairy cattle, alfalfa and corn silage. They bought more land and so began Melgaard's Dairy.  A new house, barns and a garage were built to accommodate the growing farm.  Many people purchased raw milk from Melgaard's Dairy until Anna retired in 1985.
Anna kept a very large garden until 2013.  She preserved all the fruit and vegetables she raised.  Her garden was always beautiful.  One friend said she must have gardened in the Garden of Eden.  She planted extra green beans and sold them to the store in Prosser.  Anna worked extremely hard, but was always happiest when working together on the farm.
Anna is survived by her three children, Alice (Steve) Ard, Fred (Robin) Melgaard and John (Mandy) Melgaard; four grandsons, Philip and Tyson (Corie) Ard and Chris and Cameron Melgaard; great-grandson, Braden Ard; several nieces and nephews; and two cousins.  She is also survived by the caregivers from Sheffield Manor who loved her and made her last month's comfortable.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alfred in 1985; and seven sisters and brothers.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Prosser.  Concluding services and burial will follow at the Prosser Cemetery.  Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:00 until 10:30 AM.  You may leave an online message of condolence for the family at www.prosserfuneralhome.com