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Kittitas County Washington Obituaries

The following Kittitas County Washington obituaries were either submitted by users or collated by Judy Wallis White. This is a collection of over 400 obituaries for Kittitas County Washington. An exclusive collection only at AccessGenealogy!

Sisk, Audrey Leville Swan – Obituary

Mrs. Audrey L. Sisk, daughter of a pioneer valley resident died last night at the Valley General Hospital after being hospitalized 13 days. She was born April 1, 1882 in Olympia and came here in 1898 with her father Thomas Swan who crossed Snoqualmie Pass by horse-drawn wagon. The family homesteaded the ranch in the Reecer Creek area which is now the Dunbar-Marriott ranch. She was married to Charles T. Sisk, July 17, 1901, and they moved to the Wenas District where they ranched until 1922 when they returned to the Kittitas Valley. Sisk preceded his wife in death, Feb. 20, 1953. Since the death of her husband, Mrs. Sisk has made her home with her son, Ray, on Route 1. She is survived by four other sons: Roy T. and Clarence C., Ellensburg, Hobart W., Macon, GA., and Harold S. of Warm Springs, Ore. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Frances Rose Tomlinson of Portland, Ore. and Mrs. Myrtle Violet Pattee of Kittitas, and 15 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She is survived also by two half brothers, William Swan, Olympia and Emery Swan, Centralia; a half-sister, Mrs. Ruby Young of Olympia and a stepbrother Harry Forbes, Ellensburg. Funeral services will be at the Evenson Chapel, Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. A. E. Sanford officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery. Ellensburg Daily Record, October 23, 1958 Contributed by: Shelli...

Schnebly, Philip Dorse – Obituary

Philip Dorse Schnebly, 84, longtime Fairview District rancher and member of a pioneer Kittitas Valley family, died Wednesday [April 17, 1968] in Kittitas Valley Community Hospital. He was born July 19, 1883, in the Fairview District, the son of pioneer residents, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Henry Schnebly. He attended the Fairview and Nanum grade schools, a prep school in Ellensburg and continued his studies at Washington State College. On June 19, 1919 in Bellingham, Mr. Schnebly was married to Gertrude Mosier, who preceded him in death on Jan. 22, 1953. He had operated and resided on his Fairview ranch the past 50 years. Mr. Schnebly was a lifelong member of the Farm Bureau and the Kittitas County Cattlemen’s Association. Surviving are two sons, Dorse A. Schnebly and Donald E. Schnebly, both of Ellensburg; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Frances Cramer, Westport; and Mrs. Gertrude Elizabeth Sather, Stanwood; 13 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a brother, Frank B. Schnebly; three sister, Mrs. John Paul Sr., and Mrs. T. J. Howell, both of Ellensburg, and Mrs. C. C. McGranahan, Seattle. He was preceded in death by a son, William W. Schnebly, on Nov. 23, 1957. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Saturday in the Evenson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Donald M. Meekoff officiating. Interment will be in the IOOF Cemetery. Ellensburg Daily Record, April 18, 1968 Contributed by: Shelli...

Paul, Jean Eliza Schnebly – Obituary

Native Ellensburg resident Jean E. Paul, 95, died Wednesday [November 3, 1982] at Gold Leaf Nursing Home where she had lived for the past seven years. She was born Feb. 14, 1887-a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Schnebly. She attended local schools, Ellensburg Normal School and obtained a registered nursing degree from Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Ore. She and John H. Paul were married in Ellensburg on Sept. 3, 1912. Except for seven years, when they homesteaded in Alberta, Canada, the couple made their home in the Ellensburg area, Mr. Paul died May 19, 1975. Mrs. Paul was a member of the Jolly Neighbors and the Progressive Club. Survivors include three sons, Phillip, John, and Robert, all of Ellensburg; two daughters, Mrs. Merle (Edna) Walker, Edmonds, and Mrs. Jim (Marjorie) Burke, Ellensburg; 18 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Joe (Edith) Gehlen, Seattle. Her funeral will be 10 a.m., Saturday at Evenson Chapel, with the Rev. Don Meekhof officiating. Entombment will follow at the IOOF mausoleum. Daily Record, November 5, 1982 Contributed by: Shelli...

Grunden, John William – Obituary

John W. Grunden, 94, an Ellensburg native, died Saturday [June 26] at the Goldleaf Nursing Home where he had lived for the past 10 years. He was born on Oct. 12, 1887 in rural Ellensburg, a son of the late Elof and Selma (Jacobsen) Grunden. He served in the army during World War I. Mr. Grunden had worked in the hay bailing business as a pressman and foreman of the bailer crew. With the exception of 10 years in Toppenish, he had spent his entire life in the Kittitas Valley. Survivors include a brother, Glenn Grunden of Ellensburg; and three sisters, Anna C. Nicols of Ellensburg; Lottie E. Dale of Portland, Ore.; and Nell M. Stuth of Olympia. The funeral was held for the family at 11 a.m., Monday at Evenson Chapel with the Rev. Jim Finkbeiner officiating followed by cremation at Terrace Heights Memorial Park in Yakima. [Interment IOOF, Ellensburg] Daily Record, June 28, 1982 Contributed by: Shelli...

Wyatt, Lester Jay – Obituary

Lester Jay Wyatt, 27, teacher and head basketball coach of Hanford High School, died Tuesday [November 1, 1982] at his home in Richland. He was born in Ellensburg on Dec. 31, 1954, the only son of Marvin and Kathryn Wyatt of Ellensburg. He graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1973 and from Central Washington University in 1977 with a degree in education. Mr. Wyatt taught and coached for one year at Tonasket High School. Since 1979 he had been a teacher and coach at Hanford High. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Wyatt of Ellensburg; a sister, Mrs. John (Jane) Floyd of Spokane and his grandparents, Helen Scott and Mr. and Mrs. Otis Wyatt, all of Ellensburg. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Evenson Chapel. The Rev. Donald Meekhof will officiate and burial will follow at the IOOF Cemetery. Daily Record, November 3, 1982 Contributed by: Shelli...

Wright, Ems Walter – Obituary

Funeral services will be held at the Shaw & Sons Funeral Home in Yakima, Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. for Ems Walter Wright, 52, Yakima barber and a former Ellensburg resident. Interment will be in Terrace Heights Cemetery there. Wright was found dead in his automobile Sunday about 36 miles north of Yakima on the Wenas Road. Yakima County Corner Dr. Ralph W. Shirey said the death was a suicide caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. A garden hose was attached to the car’s exhaust and looped into a window. A fisherman, John Jackson of Ellensburg, spotted the car parked in brush off the highway near a creek. Formerly a barber here, Wright moved to Yakima 14 years ago. He was a driver for a lumber company there for several years before returning to his barber trade. He recently had operated his own shop. He was born in Miller, Missouri. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Laveta Wright; two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Lee Friendly of Seattle and Miss Elsie Wright of Yakima; two brothers, Orville Wright of Sunnyside and Joe Wright of Ellensburg, and two sisters, Mrs. George (Marie) Ferguson of Ellensburg and Mrs. William (Helen) LaFon of Fairbanks, Alaska. Ellensburg Daily Record, July 9, 1959 Contributed by: Shelli...

Fortney, Jefferson S. – Obituary

Jefferson S. Fortney, 85, former valley resident, died Sunday [December 17] at Yucaipa, Calif. He was born Aug. 29, 1893, east of Kittitas in an area known as Warm Springs. He is the son of the late Levi and Julia Hayes Fortney. He married Alice Anderson in Ellensburg in 1913. He was employed by the Milwaukee Railroad in 1915 and worked as a section foreman and superintendent of the Extra Gang. He moved to Tacoma in 1930 and retired in 1958. He was preceded in death by his wife, July 23, 1962 in Tacoma. He moved to California in 1968. Survivors include a son, Lowell Fortney of Skykomish; three daughters, Mrs. Fred (Hazel) Wilder of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Mrs. Ray (Dollie) Bowman of Omak, and Mrs. Fred (Evelyn) VanTrogen of Enumclaw; 14 grandchildren; and one great great grandchild. Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at IOOF Cemetery with the Rev. Donald Meekof officiating. Friends who wish to attend may meet at the cemetery. Daily Record, December 19, 1978 Contributed by: Shelli...

Cates, Jesse – Obituary

Jesse Cates, 79, well-known Ellensburg resident for a quarter of a century, died at the Valley Hospital last night. He was born in Campbell County, Tennessee, August 27, 1858, and was married to Nannie Harrell of Rogersville, Tenn., February 28, 1904. For many years he was a federal revenue inspector in Tennessee. He had lived in the valley since 1913, residing at 301 Washington Street. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nannie Cates; a daughter, Mrs. Fannie Baker of Knoxville, Tenn., a grandson, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Honeycutt Chapel with Rev. Floyd Brown in charge. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery. Ellensburg Daily Record, May 16, 1938 Contributed by: Shelli...

Bull, John Alva – Obituary

John Alva Bull, 78, died suddenly at his home on Route 5, Saturday [September 20]. Bull was born at the family farm, September 10, 1891 to Walter A. and Rebecca Bull and spent his entire life in the Kittitas Valley. He graduated from the local school and attended the University of Washington where he studied law. On Dec. 24, 1915 in Salt Lake City, he married Margaret Porter whom he had met while both where students of the University. Since their marriage they have made their home on Route 5 on the farm his mother, Rebecca Nelson [Bull], had homesteaded. His father was the first postmaster of Ellensburg. Mr. Bull took an active part in the many early developments of Kittitas County. He and his teams and equipment were among those that helped develop what is now known as the Kittitas Co. Fair and Rodeo grounds and he was also a familiar figure for many years as a member of the Kittitas County Rodeo Band. Survivors include his wife, Margaret, at the family home, three sons Jack and Thomas W. of Ellensburg and Leland of Yakima; 8 grandchildren and one great grandson; two brothers, Dr. Leland Bull of Seattle and Charles Bull of Calgary, Alberta and a sister who resides in Florida. He also leaves many nieces and nephews including a niece, Mrs. Spencer Short of Ellensburg. Services will be in the Evenson Funeral Home, Wednesday at 2 p.m. with interment in the IOOF Cemetery. Ellensburg Daily Record, September 22, 1969 Contributed by: Shelli...
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