Location: Toppenish Washington

Huss, Ray Anthony – Obituary

Ray A. Huss, 78, of Parker, a farmer and 50-year resident of the Yakima Valley died Sunday [March 29] in Central Memorial Hospital, Toppenish. Mr. Huss was born at Ellensburg and came to the Valley from there. He had belonged to several Valley granges and was a past master of the Riverside Pomona Grange. He had retired from farming in 1957, and most recently had resided here. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ethel Huss, Parker; two daughters, Mrs. Vivian Norby, Tacoma, and Mrs. Muriel Young, Parkdale, Ore.; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. His son Ray Huss Jr. died several years ago. Yakima Herald Republic, March 30, 1970 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Obituary of John Bull

Private services were held Tuesday at the Sunnyside Memorial Park Chapel for John Bull, 85, who died Feb. 10 at his home in Toppenish after a long illness. John Bull was born in Ellensburg and lived here until 1919. He is survived by his wife, Ida K. Bull of Toppenish and three daughters, Mrs. Spencer Short, Ellensburg; and Mrs. F. M. Petrie and Mrs. Seville Schaeffler, both of Toppenish. Daily Review/Ellensburg, February 12, 1959 Contributed by: Shelli...

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McEwen, Martha Grewell – Obituary

Old Pioneer Of Valley Dies At Toppenish Mrs. Martha Mcewen Passes Away After Lingering Illness Of Several Months Mrs. Martha Grewell McEwen, an old pioneer of this vicinity, passed away at Toppenish Sunday morning at 7 o’clock after a lingering illness which confined her to her bed for the past several months [died December 22, 1918]. Mrs. McEwen was born February 22, 1860, in Iowa, and three years later crossed the prairies in an ox team with her parents, settling at Vancouver, Wash. When she was 13 years old she moved to this vicinity where she has since made her home and where she has many friends. She was married in 1877 to Harvey McEwen, by whom she is survived. She has been a staunch member of the Christian Congregational church practically all her life. In addition to her husband she is survived by eight children. Four sons, Ed, Ernest, Clarence and Carl, all living at Toppenish, and a fifth son, Oscar, resides here [Ellensburg]. Two daughters, Mrs. Iva McElhinney, is of Seattle. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. William Taylor of Ellensburg and Mrs. Belle Little of Mabton; one brother, Clayton Grewell of White Bluffs, Wash., and three grandchildren, besides many other relatives. All of her children will be present for the funeral, but it is not known whether the brother and sister who live out...

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Benz,Paul A. – Obituary

Paul A. Benz Sr., 91, of Yakima and formerly of Toppenish, died Saturday [October 3, 1987] in Yakima Convalescent Center. Mr. Benz farmed and operated a produce warehouse in the Toppenish area for many years, and was active in the American Legion Post No. 50 of Toppenish. Survivors include two sons: Paul A. Benz, Jr. of Toppenish and Lew E. Benz of Vancouver, Washington.; and a daughter, Patricia A. Aaker of Boulder, Colorado. Colonial Funeral Home in Toppenish is in charge of arrangements. (Died October 3, 1987) Contributed by: Shelli...

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Johnson, Retta Harris – Obituary

Mrs. Retta Johnson of Toppenish, Route 1, died Saturday [May 22] evening at the age of 42. The deceased, who was born in California, had lived in this community 28 years. She leaves her husband, Dexter Johnson and two children, Grace Muggy and Claude. The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. from the Hopkins Mortuary in Toppenish with Rev. A. S. Ford officiating. Burial will be in Toppenish Cemetery. Yakima Daily Republic, May 24, 1943 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Couch, Minnith O. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Minnith O. Couch, 74, of Toppenish, Washington, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 1983 in St.. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho. He was born Dec. 21, 1908 in Wallowa, to Leonard and Minnie (Fisher) Couch. He attended schools in Wallowa, graduating in 1927 from Wallowa High School. He attended Oregon State University; then he served in the Army during W.W.I, earning the Victory Medal, the American Theater Service Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal. In 1945 he was discharged and went to work in Portland, as an oiler in the Jones Lumber Company sawmill. He moved to Toppenish in 1956 and worked for the Toppenish School District as a custodian, retiring in 1971. Mr. Couch married Ruby Langdon on Feb. 6, 1959 in Toppenish. He was a member of the Washington Old Time Fiddlers, the Blue Mt. Fiddlers, and the Mid-Valley Geological Society and attended the Calvary Baptist Church in Toppenish. Survives include his wife, Ruby Couch of Toppenish; two step-sons, Ray Morris of Anchorage, Alaska, and Jim Morris of Toppenish; three step-daughters, Betty Lou Coles of Yakima and Mary Winberry and LaVonne Cupits, both of Boise, Idaho; three brothers, Quinton Couch of Portland, Robert Couch of Colville and Phillip Couch of Dayton, Ohio; 17 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, four brothers and...

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Gerard, Ida May (Hall) – Obituary

Mrs. Ida M. Gerard, 91, a former Ellensburg resident, died Wednesday at the Central Memorial Hospital in Toppenish. She had been in the hospital one day, having been in the Parkside Sanitarium in Toppenish since March 21. She was born July 26, 1866, in Covington, Kentucky. She was married to Joseph N. Gerard in Mt. Vernon, Ill. in 1884. He preceded her in death in February, 1938 in Los Angeles. Mrs. Gerard came to Ellensburg from Mt. Vernon in 1888, moved to Spokane in 1901, to Wapato in 1916, to Detroit, Mich. in 1923, to Seattle in 1925, returned to Ellensburg in 1941 and lived in Ellensburg and Wapato from 1941 to 1947 after which she made her home in Wapato. While in Ellensburg she was active in Presbyterian Women’s organizations. She was a former member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Survivors include one son, Kenneth W. Gerard of Wapato, and one brother, C. Fred HALL, Grants Pass., Ore. Funeral services will be held in the Evenson Chapel Saturday May 17 at 1 p.m. Dr. L.M. Arksey will officiate. Burial will follow in the IOOF Cemetery. Ellensburg Daily Record, May 15 1958 Contributed by: Sasha...

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Benz, Gladys McEwen – Obituary

Gladys Benz, 81, of 521 N. Date St., Toppenish, died Tuesday in Central Memorial Hospital. She was born Oct. 19, 1901, in Ellensburg to Oscar and Ella McEwen. Mrs. Benz was raised by Lou and Martha Evans and lived in the Toppenish area 72 years. She married Paul Benz in Seattle April 4, 1923, and they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Benz had been a manager for Wheeler Electric Co. for 30 years. Survivors include her husband, Paul Benz of Toppenish; a daughter, Patricia Ann Aaker of Boulder, Colo; two sons, Paul Benz Jr. of Yakima and Lou Benz of Portland, Ore.; two brothers, Mack McEwen of Maple Valley and Ralph McEwen of Toppenish; a sister, Cora Miller of Eugene, Ore.; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Gladys died April 4, 1923. Her father, Oscar, remarried after Ella divorced him. According to the obit, she moved to Toppenish about 1910. Either Gladys did not like her stepmother or the stepmother did not want her. I assume this is why Gladys was raised by her Aunt Mattie in...

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Grunden, John William – Obituary

John W. Grunden, 94, an Ellensburg native, died Saturday June 26, 1982 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 baling 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. Nichols 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 the Evenson Chapel with the Rev. Jim Finkbeiner officiating followed by cremation at Terrace Heights Memorial Park in Yakima. John is in the IOOF Cemetery in Ellensburg. Contributed by: Shelli...

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McEwen, Ralph Newell – Obituary

Toppenish—Ralph N. McEwen, 83, died Saturday, April 19, 2003 at his home. He was born November 20, 1919 in Ellensburg, WA to Oscar and Mary McEwen, a pioneer family of the Kittitas Valley. He served in the Army during WWII in the Pacific Theater and was a decorated veteran. He graduated from Ellensburg High School and Ellensburg Normal School (now Central Washington University) receiving his Teachers Degree. He was a teacher and principal at Buena Grade School, McKinley Grade School and Lincoln Grade School all in the Toppenish School District. He was instrumental in the implementation of Bilingual education in the District. He was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Zillah and served as Treasurer since 1990 until his death, was an avid hunter, fisherman, and gun collector. He tied his own flies, worked for hunters’ rights, taught citizenship classes and actively supported the MERIT alcohol and drug abuse treatment organization. He is survived by sons, Arthur and wife, Anne McEwen of Yakima, Ron and wife, Diana Childress of Chandler, AZ, John and wife, Nancy Jo Childress of Sanford, NC and daughters, Barbara and husband, Richard Lilly of Yakima, and Faye and husband, Richard Halsted of Tonasket, WA, his brother Mack and wife, Georgia McEwen of Maple Valley, WA, sister, Cora Ellen and husband, Morris Miller of Eugene, OR, 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He was...

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Evans, Martha Belle – Obituary

Funeral services are pending for Mrs. Martha Belle Evans, 81, a resident of Toppenish since 1905, who died Sunday May 22, 1966 in Toppenish. Mrs. Evans was born March 29, 1885 in Ellensburg, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey McEwen, pioneers of the Kittitas Valley. She married Lou Evans in 1904 and he died in 1949. She was a member of the Christian Congregational Church in Toppenish. Survivors include three brothers, Oscar McEwen, Ellensburg, Carl McEwen, Toppenish, and Clarence McEwen of Seattle; a niece, Mrs. Gladys Benz, Toppenish; and two nephews, Don McEwen, Portland, Ore., and Ralph McEwen,...

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McEwen, Martha Grewell – Obituary

Old Pioneer of Valley dies at Toppenish. Mrs. Martha McEwen passes away after lingering illness of several months. Mrs. Martha Grewell McEwen, an old pioneer of this vicinity, passed away at Toppenish Sunday morning at 7 o’clock after a lingering illness which confined her to her bed for the past several months [died December 22, 1918] Mrs. McEwen was born February 22, 1860, in Iowa, and three years later crossed the prairies in an ox team with her parents, settling at Vancouver, Wash. When she was 13 years old she moved to this vicinity where she has since made her home and where she has many friends. She was married in 1877 to Harvey McEwen, by whom she is survived. She has been a staunch member of the Christian Congregational church practically all her life In addition to her husband she is survived by eight children. Four sons, Ed, Ernest, Clarence and Carl, all living at Toppenish, and a fifth son, Oscar, resides here [Ellensburg]. Two daughters, Mrs. Iva McElhinney, is of Seattle. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. William Taylor of Ellensburg and Mrs. Belle Little of Mabton; one brother, Clayton Grewell of White Bluffs, Wash., and three grandchildren, besides many other relatives All of her children will be present for the funeral, but it is not known whether the brother and sister who live out...

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McEwen, Vicky – Obituary

Selah—Vicky McEwen, 42, of Selah, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 1996 at her residence. She was born June 26, 1954 in Toppenish to Ralph and Barbara (Jordin) McEwen. She was raised and educated in Toppenish and had been a long-time Yakima Valley resident. Vicky enjoyed raising houseplants, flowers, and gardening. She was a people person which showed in her profession as a Certified Nurse’s Aide. Vicky very much cared for animals and the pets she adopted as her own. She is survived by her mother, Barbara Miller of Yakima; her father and stepmother, Ralph and Mary McEwen of Toppenish; a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Richard Lilly; brother and sister-in-law, Art and Anne McEwen all of Yakima; grandfather, Pat A. Jordin of Yakima; two nephews, Ian and Sean McEwen of Yakima; two nieces, Angle Butler of Camano Island and Kathy Fewkes of Kent and her special friend, Dennis Wiggins of Selah. Graveside funeral services will be held Monday, August 5, 1996 at 10: A.M. at IOOF Cemetery in Ellensburg,. Those wishing to attend may meet at the cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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McEwen, Mary Louise Hyde – Obituary

Toppenish—Mary Louise McEwen, 81, of Toppenish passed away at the Providence Hospital, Toppenish, on Friday, November 27, 1998. She was born on January 24, 1917 in Ashley, ND, the daughter of John and Mary Hyde. When she was three-years-old, the family moved to Quilcene, Washington, where she was raised and educated. She moved to Granger in 1945. She married Ralph McEwen [son of Oscar McEwen and Mary Peffers of Ellensburg]on March 25, 1978. Mary’s hobbies included crocheting, feeding the animals and spending time at Liberty where she and Ralph had a summer home. She was an avid traveler and had visited many countries including Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, China, Singapore, Japan, Tahiti, Italy, Malaysia and Hawaii. She could give lessons on how to prepare and pack for a trip! She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church of Zillah, serving on many committees. She also enjoyed her time as a member of Eastern Star. Mary had worked for a time at both Del Monte and Stokleys. Mary is survived by her husband, Ralph of the residence; three sons, Jack Childress and his wife, Nancy of Poquoson, VA, Ron Childress and his wife, Diana Menton of Chandler, AZ and Art McEwen of Yakima; two daughters, Fay Halsted of Tonasket, WA and Barbara Lilly of Yakima, WA; thirteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by...

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Evans, Llewellyn Walter – Obituary

Toppenish residents were shocked to learn early this week of the death of Sheriff Lew Evans. Mr. Evans who lived on a ranch near Buena was for a number of years a community leader in Toppenish. Death came to the popular county official in St. Elizabeth Hospital where he was taken after he had suffered a heart attack at his home one hour before. He died at 12:30 Tuesday morning [January 4, 1949]. Funeral services will be held in Shaw & Sons Chapel in Yakima Friday afternoon at 1:30 with burial in Terrace Heights Memorial Park. Hopkins Mortuary has charge of funeral arrangements. Names as honorary pallbearers are County Commissioners Andy B. Wallace, Angus McDonald and Red G. Redman, Clerk Jasper Day, Assessor Jake Sieber, Treasurer C. S. Cole, Auditor Harold Purdin, Prosecutor Owen Clarke and School Supt. Chester Turner, W. C. Calhoun, Robert Montague, William Cole, Wesley Morford, L. L. Turley, W. S. Doran and Henry Waechter. Dr. Orval Peterson and the Elks Lodge will conduct services at the chapel and at Terrance Heights Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Bert Guns, newly appointed sheriff, and Deputies H. T. Armstrong, Rudy Shuk, Gene Pomeroy, Leo Stevens, and Walt Purdin. Llewellyn Walter Evans, was born in Waupaca, Wisconsin, July 2, 1880 and came west in 1918. While living in Toppenish he carried on extensive farming operations on the reservation...

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