Walla Walla County Obituaries 

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Anna "Marie" Potter Asplund, 93, of Walla Walla died Jan. 12 at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center. Born in Granville, N.D. 1963, moved to Yakima and 2004 moved to Walla Walla. Homemaker and active church and community volunteer. Survivors include four sons, Robert Asplund, New Carlisle, Ind., Gerald Asplund, Moses Lake, Wash., Bruce Asplund, Walla Walla and Leslie Asplund, Clinton, Wash.; three sisters, Arla Quick, Evelyn Woodkey and Ethel Sobolik; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be Saturday at Central Lutheran Church. Mountainview-Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services, Walla Walla, is in charge of the arrangements. (Yakima Herald-Republic Online News, Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009)

Doyle Meloy Barnett, 92, died Nov. 3, 2009, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center, Walla Walla, Wash . Born March 18, 1917, in Elba, Ark., to George and Ida Lowrance Barnett. Graduated Gentry High School 1934. In 1939 graduated Southwestern Junior College, Keene, Texas. June 13, 1940, married Paulene Moddrell in Oklahoma City, Okla. Member of the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church, College Place, Wash. Preceded in death by a brother, Ervie Barnett; and two sisters, Iva Lee Summers and Dora Stevenson. Survived by his wife, College Place; a daughter, Lois and husband Bimin Chan, Damascus, Ore.; two sisters, Geneva Taylor, Rocklin, Calif., and Jeanette Pettey, Siloam Springs; a brother, Ray Barnett, Siloam Springs; and two grandchildren. Memorial service was held Nov. 14,2009, at Village Seventh-day Adventist Church, College Place with Steve Walikonis officiating. (Weds, Nov. 25, 2009 Westside Eagle )

Walla Walla resident, Venetha Ruth Bobbitt, 77, died September 28, 2010, at Walla Walla General Hospital.  Born October 25, 1932, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to Lloyd Theodore and Ruth Rose Adams. Graduated Takoma Academy, Takoma Park, Maryland. April 18, 1952, Obed Bobbitt married in Raleigh, North Carolina. Attended Walla Walla College. Survived by four daughters: Joyce Ann Hardin, Caldwell, Idaho; Virginia Mae Jeffery, Jeanette Fay Clifton, and Tina Louise Bobbitt; son, Jerry Lee Bobbitt all of College Place; sister, Marlys Adams-Perry; brother, Earl Robert Adams, Riverside, California; nine grandsons, two granddaughters, three great-grandsons, two great-granddaughters, five nieces, three nephews and Cindy, her beloved German Shepherd. Preceded in death by her husband in June, 1989.The funeral service will Sunday, October 10, 2010, in the Chapel of the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church, College Place. Pastor John Bradshaw will officiate. Graveside service, Thursday, October 14, 2010, El Cajon Cemetery, El Cajon, California. (WWUB, Weds, October 06, 2010)


Maude C. Byington of College Place, Wash., born at Provo, Utah, on Feb. 24, 1877, passed away on May 10, 1968. Funeral services were held both in Walla Walla and in Portland and interment was at the Riverside Abby Mausoleum at Portland. Attended Proctor Academy, Provo, Utah, Walla Walla College, where she was assistant matron of the culinary department. Taught school at Provo, Utah, in charge of an orphanage in Oakland, Calif. She and Fred F. Byington married 1902 in Oakland, Calif. His death was in 1956. Member of the Village SDA church at College Place. Survivors are daughter, Mrs. Winona Garner of College Place; stepson, Dr. Preston Byington of Modesto, Calif.; stepdaughter. Mrs. Alice Lockman of Modesto, Calif.; and brother, Roy Chappell of Provo, Utah; five grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren. (Adventist Archives Oct 28, 1968)


Avilee Byergo,  84, Walla Walla, WA, died Friday, April 13, 2007, at Regency at The Park, College Place, WA. A Celebration of her Life will be at a later date. Inurnment will be in the Barnard Cemetery, Barnard. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations and Funeral Services, Walla Walla, WA 99362.(Newsleader, Maryville, MO) 

Joe T. Caglione, 79, for 20 years a caretaker in Pendleton parks died at his home in Milton-Freewater Friday.  Born Feb 13, 1888, in Butte, Mt, moved to Pendleton in 1919, married Oct 13, 1956, and retired in 1965. Survived by his wife Beryl, a daughter Mrs. James (Jeanette) Fords, Milton-Freewater, a son Cmdr Joe Caglione, U. S. Navy, Hawaii and a grandson Vernon Rodighiero, U. S. Air Force, Tampa, Fl, and five great grandchildren.  Member of St. Francis  of Assisi Catholic Church, Laborers Union of Pendleton. Burial will be at Olney Cemetery. (WWUB, Sun, July 9, 1967)

The funeral for Mrs. Josephine Clifton of E. Poplar will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday. D. R. Peterman of the First Church of the Nazarene officiating. Interment will be in the Weston Cemetery.( WWUB Mon, Nov 25, 1963)

Cordes, John R.; d. 1940; b. 1892; TS only; burial Walla Walla; son of J. H. & Metta) “Mr. and Mrs. John Kupers, Mrs. Evelyn Fuller of Spokane, and Mrs. John I. Kupers went to Walla Walla Friday morning to attend the funeral services of Mrs. John Kupers Sr.’s brother, John Cordes.  Mr. Cordes, 48, of Connell, fell from a high gasoline storage tank more than a month ago, and sustained injuries which resulted in his death. A member of a pioneer family, he spent much of his time in the Odessa country; he worked as a mail carrier from the Odessa post office and then was employed by the Odessa Union Warehouse company there. Following service with the US Army during the World War, he worked with gasoline companies, for a time with the Shell Oil company.  He was hospitalized in the Veteran’s hospital in Walla Walla where he received treatment for a paralyzed condition of the legs. Funeral services were conducted from the McMartin Chamberlain funeral home. Graveside services were conducted by the Odessa Masonic Lodge of which he was a member.  Survivors include besides his sister, Mrs. Kupers, his widow and an adopted daughter at home; his mother, Mrs Meta Cordes, Pullman, sisters, Miss Martha Cordes, CA, Mrs. George Zicha, Odessa, Mrs. G. J. Luiten, Edwall; Mrs. L. L. Zicha, Odessa; and Mrs. Peter Luiten, Seattle; brothers, William, Pullman, Henry, Marcellus, Herman, Pullman, and Rudolph, Los Angeles, California.” (Citizen: 8-16-1940) 

Services for Mrs. J. M. Cornelison, 86, native of Pendleton who died in after a long illness will be Monday from the Episcopal Church.  Rev. Don B. Walster will officiate. Mrs. Lessie Cornelison was born June 18, 1877 daughter of  Major and Mrs. Lee Morehouse.  Mrs. Morehouse was one of the first Indian agents to this area. Mrs. Cornelison was a pioneer school teacher, honored as "Mrs. Republican" by the Pendleton Federation of Republican Women, member of Pendleton Women's Club, Pioneer Women's Club, and the oldest member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.  Married in 1911 to A. L. Schaefer who died 1927, married Dr. James M. Cornelison in 1930. He survives her, as does a son John Lee Schaefer, daughter Mrs. Karl Rinehart of Pendleton, and several grandchildren. Dr. Cornelison, an ordained minister, was the first Indian missionary to the area following the Whitman massacre. ( WWUB Nov 22, 1963)

Iona Mae Frost, 76, College Place, died Aug. 13 at her home. Born in Ovid, Colo., and lived in Pasco for 20 years. Retired owner of Self Service Laundry in Pasco. Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Funeral Home, Walla Walla, is in charge of arrangements. (TriCity Herald, Sat. Aug 14, 2006)

Ira S. Green, 88, died at a local hospital after an extended illness. Born Nov 27, 1874 in Honeywell, Kan, he was a former railroad employee. His wife, Magdalene, died in 1957. Survived by a niece, Mrs. Compton Moffit of Hines, OR. ( WWUB Nov 22, 1963)

Native Walla Wallan Marilyn Aliverti Harrison, 58, died at her home Oct. 7, 2000.Born Dec. 26, 1941, in Walla Walla to Frank and Linda Ponti Aliverti.  Graduated in 1959 Walla Walla High School, where she was homecoming queen, and attended two years at Washington State University. Married Gary Harrison 1989 in Everett. After 25 years she recently retired as manager of academic personnel in the dean's office at the UW School of Medicine. Survivors include her husband, at home; two sons, Lance West of Huntington, W. VA, and Lincoln West, Seattle; a stepson, David Harrison, Seattle; her mother, Walla Walla; a brother, Gene Aliverti, Walla Walla; and three grandchildren.  Her father died in 1980. (WWUB, Oct 10, 2000)

Victor T. Hirsch, last surviving member of the World War II Selective Service Board for Walla Walla County died Monday. A veteran of World War I.  A native of Scotland, S. D. born June 30, 1896, married August 22, 1920, moved to Athena and employed by the Preston-Shaffer Milling Company. Joined General Electric, North Richland in 1951. Surviving are Mrs. Hirsch at the home, two daughters Mrs. Roy Leid, Waitsburg, Mrs. Sherman R. Mitchell, Walla Walla, seven grandchildren, a brother, Harold  H. Hirsch of Amarillo, Tex.( WWUB Mon, Nov 25, 1963)

Former Norfolk area resident Virgil C. Kilmer, 93, died Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, at his home in Walla Walla, Wash. A memorial service was held Tuesday at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, Walla Walla. Born Oct. 17, 1917, with a twin sister, Virgie, in Madison County to Joseph and Birdie (Copenhaver) Kilmer. Attended Madison Elementary and High School. In 1948, he and Lillian Patricia Hayes married in Portland, Ore. They later divorced. In 1965, married Mary Louise Laird in Norfolk. She passed away April 7, 2009. Survivors include a daughter, Roberta Sue Kilmer, College Place, Wash.; two sons, Charles Jay (Rosalie) Kilmer, Walla Walla and William Carl (Chris) Kilmer, Omaha; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. (Norfolk Daily news, Norfolk, NE)

Mrs. May D. Marsh, 79, of Waitsburg died in Walla Walla Sunday. Born Sep 9, 1884 in Walla Walla, the former May Brock  was a member of the Methodist Church in Waitsburg. Widow of Francis C. Marsh. Survivors are her daughter Mrs. Glenn ( Lola) Callahan, two sons, Dorsey F. Marsh, Alaska, Mervin W. Marsh, Renton, and four grandchildren and five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. ( WWUB Mon, Nov 25, 1963)

Doris Irene Mehling, 91, of Ooltewah, died Thursday, June 19, 2008, in a local hospital. Retired university administrative secretary for Walla Walla College and member of McDonald Road SDA Church. Preceded in death by husband, Pastor Robert Mehling. She had a passion for prison ministry and helping people be ready for Jesus to come. Survived by son, Doug (Patti) Mehling, of Tyler, Texas; daughter, Donna (James) Ehrlich, of McDonald, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Trever Ehrlich, of Tyler, Allison Willes, of McDonald, Seth Ehrlich, of McDonald, Douglas Mehling, of Keene, Texas, Daniel Mehling, of Tyler, Texas, Claire Cozad, of Tyler, Carlyle Kinabrew, of Tyler, Texas and Alex Mehling, of Tyler. Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 22, 2008, at McDonald Road SDA Church with Elder Don Gettys officiating. (Times Free Press, Chatanooga, TN,  June 20, 2008)


Henry William Big Bill Miller, 80, of Walla Walla, Wash., and former Baker City resident, died June 14, 2001, at Walla Walla General Hospital. Born Feb. 4, 1921, at Baker City to Henry J. and Mattie L. Miller. Attended Oregon State University until World War II, Served in the Marines, then the Sea Bees. Was in the asphalt paving business with his father in Eastern Oregon. Married Joan Bratt in 1947, later divorced. Member of the Baker Elks Lodge. Settled in Pendleton, married E. Monte James. Owned and operated Big Bills Rivoli Cigar Store and The Sunset Cafe & Lounge from 1965 to 1987. Upon retiring moved to Walla Walla. Survived by his wife, a stepdaughter, Laura James; stepsons, LaMarr and Mike James; daughters, Marty Rose of Kennewick, Wash., and Mary Kincaid of Baker City; a son, Robin, of Baker City; sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Franklin Lew of Klamath Falls; and five grandchildren.  Preceded in death by his parents. There will be a celebration of life Saturday at Colonial-DeWitt Funeral Home and Cremation Specialists at Walla Walla.( Baker City Herald, 2001)


Former Peninsula resident Leverett Nathaniel "Bud" Miller of College Place died of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 83. Born to Earl Brewster and Lilian (Greeder) Miller in Waterbury, Conn, served in the Army during World War II, and member of the Connecticut National Guard. Married Helen Virginia "Ginnie" Dinsmore in 1946 at Waterbury, Conn. Employer was the Federal Aviation Administration, from which he retired in 1983. Survivors include his wife in College Place; sons and daughters-in-law Leverett Brewster and Tina Miller. Sherwood, OR, and Richard Allen and Sali Miller, College Place; and son William Pembrook "Bill" Miller, Lynden, daughters and sons-in-law Janet Leigh and Bart Moore, College Place and Rebekah Lynn "Becky" and Chuck Daniel,  Port Angeles; sister Marcia Leigh Frey of Connecticut; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Service with military honors was held Feb. 2 in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Ore. Mountain View-Colonial Dewitt Cremation & Funeral Services, Walla Walla, was in charge of arrangements. (Sep 9, 1923- Jan 27, 2007) (Peninsula News Daily, Feb 6, 2007)

Mrs. Oley ( Lydia) Nickelson, 79, of Seattle died there Sunday.  She lived in Walla Walla until 1924.  Survived by a daughter Mrs. Pat (Evelyn) Corbus, and a son, Floyd Nickelson, both of Seattle; a brother, John Amen of Walla Walla; two sisters Mrs. Henry ( Edna) Barnes of Seattle, and Mrs. Arthur ( Charlotte) Young of Los Angeles, and several nieces and nephews. ( WWUB Mon, Nov 25, 1963)

June Paulson, 82, Walla Walla, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001, at Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake. Survivors include one brother, Duane Paulson, Brooklyn, N.Y., and two sisters, Gladys Ebreck, Crosby, N.D., and Barbara Broman, Walla Walla. Visitation Friday, Sept. 21, at Stakston Martin Funeral Home in Crosby. Graveside rites will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Immanuel Cemetery near Crosby, with the Rev. Norman Anderson officiating. ( Rapid City Journal, SD, Sep 19, 2001)

Lilly Plimpton, former longtime Anchorage resident, 79, died peacefully May 7, 2005, at home in Walla Walla, Wash., after a lengthy illness. Born Nov. 20, 1925, in St. Paul, Minn. At 18,  moved to Seattle and met Cyrus Plimpton, her husband served with the Merchant Marines during World War II.  At his return, she and her husband and children headed north to Alaska in 1952. Lilly worked as fleet supervisor for Reeve Aleutian Airways and retired after 24 years. Survived by her husband of more than 60 years, Cyrus Plimpton; daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and Eric Reinikka; granddaughters, Erica Reinikka, Michelle Plimpton and Danielle Plimpton; granddaughters and spouses, Erin and Greg Lynch and Nicole and Aaron Sweeney; great-granddaughters, Katelyn and Camryn Sweeney; daughter-in-law, Linda Plimpton; and in-law, Rita Reinikka; brother, Richard Fay; and many nieces and nephews.Son, Michael Plimpton, and seven brothers and sisters preceded her in death. A memorial service will be May 25 at Angelus Memorial Park. (Anchorage Daily News, May 12, 2005)

Walla Walla- (July 16, 1923 - March 14, 2011) Ada "Mae" Price, 87, died March 14, 2011, at Washington Odd Fellows Home. There will be no service at her request.  Arrangements pending at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, Walla Walla. (WWUB, Weds, March 16, 2011)

Janet Long Risser died  June 4, 2009 after a long battle with cancer. Born in 1942 to Dr. and Mrs. W. E. Long in Boston. Her family moved to several military posts, moving to Walla Walla in 1951.  Attended local schools, graduated Wa-Hi, received undergraduate degree at Stanford University, master's degree at UC Berkeley, and the Sorbonne, Paris, France, and earned an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Career was in corporate cash management at Bank of America, San Francisco, and financial systems designer at VISA, International. Retired 2001, she returned to Walla Walla.  Survived by two daughters, Jessica of Providence, Rhode Island and Jill, of San Francisco.  Other surviving family members include two sisters, Roberta Long Wilson of Walla Walla and Judith Long Rosow of Boston; a brother, William E. Long of Anchorage and her father, Dr. W. E. Long of Walla Walla. (WWUB, June 07, 2009)

Mary Loue Schreiber was born on a ranch outside of Red Lodge, Montana to James and Viola Vincent, the first of four children, moved to Eastern Washington in 1940 then to Puget Sound area, returning to the Spokane Valley mid 1940s. Met Arthur Schreiber and married August 25, 1950 in the Spokane Valley.  (At retirement,) moved to the Washington Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla, WA. They extended their family to include Amazing Grace Church of the Nazarene and all residents and staff at the Odd Fellows Home.  Survivors include husband Arthur R. Schreiber at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dwayne and LaVonne Schreiber, Spokane Valley, WA, Fred and Monica Schreiber, Lakeland, FL; two daughters and son-in-law, Starlene and husband Joseph Herzog, Martin City, MT, Teresa Stamper, Kamiah, Idaho; and foster daughter Dollie Massender, Spirit Lake, Idaho; one sister, Marveen Peters, Superior, MT; one brother Harvey Vincent,  Superior, MT; mother, Viola Vincent; Superior, MT; 18 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her father, James F. Vincent, and one sister, Vernajean Lynch. (Spokesman Review, Apr 25, 2007)

Tod Arthur Sutherlin, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Sutherland died July 8 at a local hospital. Brother of Darrell Scott Sutherland; grandson of Mr. Earl E. Johnson and Mrs. Olive Greiss, Walla Walla; and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Sutherland, Benton City; and number of aunts and uncles. (WWUB, Sun, July 9, 1967)  

The father of  a Dayton woman, H. E. Wichers, 65, died here early Thursday morning of a cerebral hemorrhage.  Born in Dispatch, Kan, and came to WSU from Kansas State University where he was professor of architecture from 1924 to 1947.  Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Cecil Sharpe of Dayton.( WWUB Nov 22, 1963)

Mrs. Josie Roberta Wright passed away Friday November 18, 1932 in Seattle at the home of her daughter Mrs. Val Hoffman. Josie Roberta Moss was born in Milton Oct 16, 1875 to Thoomas J. and Serilda Moss, the youngest of six children. She married Herman Francis Wright May 1, 1894. Besides her husband she is survived by her daughter, three sisters, Mrs. Lucy Frasier and Mrs. E. H. Tolen, both Walla Walla,  and Mrs. Sadie McEachern, Glendale, CA and one grandchild Alene Clare Hoffman  ( WWUB Nov 1932)


Miscellaneous Walla Walla County Obituaries submitted to

Walla Walla WAGenWeb, March 2011 by R. Gleaton