Thad L. Taylor

thadFebruary 11, 1926 – November 30, 2015

Thad Taylor, a Moses Lake resident since 1955, passed away peacefully at his home November 30, 2015.
The family will host a Celebration of Life service at the Eagles Lodge in Moses Lake on Saturday, December 5th from 1-4 pm.
Thad was born February 11, 1926 on the Yakima Firing Center and spent his early years on the farm breaking horses for friends and family in the Yakima area.  At age 17, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in WWII on the U.S.S. Alabama in the South Pacific.  Thad received commendations during his time in the service of Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign-5 Star Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal-2 Star Medal.
After his work in the Navy, his experience on the farm took him to the Rodeo circuit where he rodee broncos and bulls.  A break in his foot caused him to change careers and he spent the next 30 years in the Operating Engineers running heavy equipment.  He worked primarily with the Army Corp of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation in creating most of the infrastructure in the Columbia Basin.
Thad was an active member of the community and several organizations including American Legion and VFW for over 65 years, Columbia Basin Rodeo Association, Moose, Eagles, and Elks Lodges.  He served as the VFW Post 5926 Commander from 1992 – 1995 and received the Man of the Year award from the Moses Lake Roundup Rodeo in 2004.
Thad lived his life on his own terms, he enjoyed raising sheep, trading metal, tinkering in his shop, working in his garden and sharing some of the best produce around the Columbia Basin, dancing with friends and always sharing good times with his friends and family.
Thad is survived by his children, Scott Taylor, Enumclaw, WA, Lisa Taylor, Redding, CA, Dan and Marge Beck, Lewiston, ID, Kathy and Jon Wagner, Reno, NV, and Kelly Oscarson, Moses Lake, WA, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Also surviving is his brother, Talbert (and Shirley) Taylor of Yakima. He was preceded in death by his wife Jo Taylor, son, Ted Taylor, sister, LaVerne Sandal, and parents Vera and Les Taylor of Yakima.

Lester Allen Cecil

Scan0001Lester Allen Cecil was born November 15, 1954 in Alhambra, California, to Lester H. Cecil (deceased) and Dora Mae Conlogue, who will miss him terribly. He is greeted in Heaven on March 26, 2014 by his father and sister, Tina. Lester was married to his loving wife, Suzanne, on the 4th of July, 1981 – so that the entire country would celebrate with them. A Moses Lake resident, for 21 years, Lester enjoyed helping others. He was always available to help family and friends. He enjoyed woodworking and was a whiz with puzzles. His greatest joy was his family, daughters Suzzanne and Shannonn, and delighted in playing with his grandchildren: Mariah, Tyler, Joshua, Shayla, Brianna, Angel, Halie, Tara, Reanna and Christian and their children, his great-grandchildren, Aurora, Immayla, Kalee Mae, and Khloe. He is also survived by his loving sister, Bobbie Reid and her husband, David, nieces Shari and Delila. He loved them all and will be greatly missed by all. A Memorial Service will be held at 5PM Monday, March 31, 2014 at Faith Community, 940 E Nelson Road. Pioneer Memorial Services is in care of the arrangements.

Lorna Dee Ochoa

LornaLori was born January 6, 1961 in Sunnyside, Washington, and raised in the Yakima Valley before moving with her husband Rick Ochoa to Tri-Cities  and then to Moses Lake where she was when she passed away on September 28, 2015 at age 54.  She is survived by her mother, Mildred Rice, husband of 31 years, Richard, daughters, Jackie Reeves and Tara Ochoa and her son, Rick Ochoa as well as 4 grandchildren.

Lori was very active in her Christian life, attending Shiloh Bible Center in Yakima, Center of Christian Ministries in Pasco, Word of Faith Center in Kennewick and Grace Harvest Church in Moses Lake.  She was a generous volunteer at Serve Moses Lake.
Graveside services will be held at 3PM Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Pioneer Memorial Gardens, Moses Lake followed by a memorial service and fellowship at Grace Harvest Church, Keith Easterly officiating.

RuthieAnn Marez

Ruthie Ann Marez, 61, of Moses Lake, Washington went to be with the Lord and reunite with the love of her life, Danny Marez, and her baby boy, Brandy Aguilar, on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

She was the fourth of seven children born to Edward and Edna Couch, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota on January 8, 1953.  When an infant, the family moved to Washington where she was raised in the Warden/Moses Lake area..  In 1967, she married Steve Martinsen and welcomed her first born son Tom Martinsen. After Steve’s passing, RuthieAnn relocated to Spokane and met Nestor Aguilar and welcomed her second son, Brandy.  She and Nestor parted ways and RuthieAnn moved back to Moses Lake, where she met and married the love of her life, Daniel Marez Sr and was blessed with two more sons, Daniel Jr and David Marez.  RuthieAnn enjoyed sewing, bingo, knitting, crocheting, playing women’s league pool, cooking, frying fish, Tejano music, dancing and shopping.

She is survived by three sons, Tom Martinsen, Daniel Marez Jr, Daveid Marez, and 11 grandchildren that she adored and cherished their time together. Sisters Mickie (Gilbert) Williamson, Merry (Juan) Blanco, God-daughter April Cisneros, God-son Juan Mena, numerous nieces and nephews and a special friend whom she considered a daughter, Susana Sandoval.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Edna Couch, her eldest sister Ida Marie Couch, brothers Francis, Joseph and EddieBill, her beloved soul-mate Daniel Marez Sr., son Brandy Aguilar, brother-in-law Cesar Adame, nieces Sharon Rietz and Shanna Hernandez.

“Always in our hearts, Loved and Never Forgotten”

Please join us for the celebration of her life with viewing and Holy Rosary at 1PM on Friday, December 19th at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Holy Rosary will be prayed at 1:30 PM and Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00 PM, followed by interment at Pioneer Memorial Gardens.

Parker G. Copley

Parker G. Copley, 85, of Moses Lake, Washington, passed away on September 16, 2012.

He was born in North Dakota, November 27, 1926. Parker went to Milwaukie High School in Milwaukie, Oregon. He completed his diploma in the Army after being sent to Japan his senior year. He was married to Ruth Copley for 64 years, she preceded him in death.

Parker was a machinist for most of his working life. He enjoyed camping and fishing with his family and enjoyed numerous outings with them. He was an officer in Toastmasters and belonged to the group for many years. He was also a contributing writer for Columbia Basin Business Journal and Columbia Basin Farmer newspapers.

He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn R. Copley-Casey and her husband, Bill Casey, and two grandsons, Michael Copley-Casey and Scott Linville.

Arrangements are in care of Susan Freeman at Pioneer Memorial Services, Moses Lake.

Theda Hart


Theda M. (Burgess) Hart, 87, beloved wife, mother, granmother and great-grandmother, entered into eternal rest with her Heavenly Father on July 27, 2012 at home, following a battle with cancer. She was a longtime resident of Moses Lake, WA.

She was born on June 5, 1925in Hunters, WA to Lee and Zelva Burgess and was the fifth child of 10. She grew up in the Hunters and Fruitland area, finishing high school at Columbia Union High School in Hunters, where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Don Hart. They were married on May 29, 1943.

She, along with her sister Lois, served her country by working to repair the Air Force planes in Spokane, while their husbands served overseas in the military.

Don was given the opportunity to open and manage a new Sprouse Reitz store in Moses Lake in 1951. They worked alongside Don in the new venture until 1954 when they moved to Andy, WA. There, they bought a small farm and Don worked full time and farmed part time. They returned to Moses Lake in 1961, where Theda resided until her passing.

Theda worked many jobs. She was a bookkeeper at J.C. Penney’s and Darigold. She went to beauty school and then was a hairstylist at The Pampered Doll, all here in Moses Lake.

Theda was young at heart and approached life with great joy. She and Don traveled with the Sandy Sams group for several years and enjoyed the many places they visited. She enjoyed bowling and playing bridge with her many friends, and was a member of Red Hats and TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Her real joy was dancing and playing golf; this is where she really excelled. She was able to make a hole-in-one at the Warden golf course at the age of 80 and her family still likes to brag about her accomplishment.

Theda loved people and had many friends, She always had a smile and was always ready to have fun. She loved life so very much. This joy and love stayed with her right up to the end of her time and into eternity.

She is survived by her daughter, Donna Conway. of Moses Lake; her sister. Lois Wiltse (Fred), of East Wenatchee; her brother, Alvin Burgess (Mary), of Moses Lake; brother, Ron Burgess (Charlene), of Ferndale; granddaughter, Dionne Creamer (Shane), of Richland; grandson, David Paski (Mari), of Finland, Europe; and also step-grandson, Trampus Conway and step-granddaughter, Tonia Busherd (Robert), both of Moses Lake. Great-grandsons, Paulus Paski, of Finland, Europe and Gabriel Creamer, of Richland. Step-great-grandsons, Sky Conway, Lavan Conway, and John Busherd. Step-great-gramddaughters, Angelica Garza and Lizbeth Busherd, all of Moses Lake.

She was preceeded in death by her loving husband, Don Hart; her parents, Lee and Zelva Burgess; six brothers, Vernon, Norman, Herschel, Gerald, Loy and Lorin; one great-grandson, Nels Paski, of Finland, Europe; and various cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Theda will be missed by all.


William “Bill” Moe

“Bill” Moe Long-time Moses Lake resident, William Botten Moe, died at his home on July 13, 2012, after a lengthy illness.
Bill was born in Arlington, Washington on March 25, 1930, living those first few years with his family at the English Logging Camp near Mt. Vernon, Washington where his father was a steam-train engineer.
His growing up years were spent in Orting, Washington. While in high school, he not only played baseball, football and basketball, but also played trumpet in the school band.
Bill later attended the University of Washington in Seattle and DeForest Technical Institute in Chicago. Bill and Diane Helgeson were married in 1950 and soon moved to Moses Lake; two sons, David and Daniel, completed the family.
He worked with his father, Jalmer Moe, at Moe’s Oil Well , on West Broadway, in the 1950’s. In the 1960’s, Bill started his own company, Central Towing , became a respected member of the Moses Lake business community, and served one term on City Council.
Although Bill earned his private pilot wings early on, it wasn’t until 2009, when retired, that he bought an airplane and spent many happy hours restoring it to its former glory. He took great delight in flying to visit two of his granddaughters and their families in Idaho, going to fly-ins in many parts of Washington State, and taking family members and friends for short flights, all the while being a member of the UFO’s, the United Flying Octogenarians, a group of pilots all over the age of 80.
Bill was an active member of the Columbia Basin Sons of Norway Lodge, and the Peninsula Community Church, singing in the choir and serving as a grounds and maintenance Steward.
While his parents, Sylvia and Jalmer Moe, and his wife of 56 years, Diane, predeceased Bill, he is survived by two sons: David (Jeannie) and Danny of Moses Lake; five grandchildren: Katy Moe Bostock (Kyle) of Sand Point, Idaho, Carrie Moe Lacey (Nate) of Boise, Idaho, Riley Moe of Eugene, Oregon, Chloe Moe, and Wyatt Moe both of Moses Lake; and three great grandchildren. Three sisters survive him: Florence Swanson of Tacoma, Irene Ovenden of Vancouver, BC and Janet Reinsdorf of Quesnel, BC; as well as three nieces and three nephews, an aunt, Thelma June Lund of Morton, Washington, and a host of cousins.
The date and location of a Celebration of Life service for Mr. Moe will be announced later.