Jamie A’lee Wilkinson

Jamie A’lee Wilkinson, 44, passed away at her home on February 15th, 2024. Jamie was born on June 18 th , 1979 to parents Edward and Cheryl (Schmid) Wilkinson. She graduated from Moses Lake High School, where she excelled in varsity soccer and track. She later went on to earn her degree in drug and alcohol rehabilitation counseling from Columbia Basin College and worked as a counselor for inmates at Coyote Ridge Correctional Facility in Connell, WA before moving back to her home town of Moses Lake in 2016. Jamie will be remembered by those who loved her for her beauty, her athletic ability, quick wit and funny sense of humor, as well as her compassion for those less fortunate than her, and her love for animals. Her light is gone from our lives far too soon and she will be missed. Jamie was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Cheryl Wilkinson, and her sister, Trisha Ann Wilkinson. She is survived
by her daughter, Katelin Walker of Richland, WA, sister Chandy (Mike) Lindberg of Richland, WA, brother Thad (Jennie) Wilkinson of Inkom, ID, sister Kim (Matt) Gallaway of Moses Lake, WA, as well as numerous aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends who were like a family to her. A memorial will be held for close friends and family at a later date. Arrangements are in care of Pioneer Memorial Funeral Services in Moses Lake, WA.

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Eunice Dick

Eunice Dick, 95 and a half, entered into eternal rest on October 20, 2023 at her home of 75 years near Mount Hope, Washington.  She was born in Lincoln County, Washington on April 25, 1928, to Gilbert Leroy and Gertrude Lillian (Selde) Simons, and joined one sister, Ardis (Dashiell), at the family home in Hawk Creek Canyon. When she was a teenager, the family moved to Millwood and Eunice graduated from West Valley High School and went on to Eastern Washington State College.  Eunice married Gordon Dick on October 1, 1948 and together they raised three children, Katherine, Susan and Timothy.  Both Eunice and Gordon were active in McIntosh Grange, leaders of the Rockford 4-H Club, officers of the Washington Association of Wool Growers, and both retired from Freeman School District as bus drivers, touching and nurturing the lives of many young people along their path, including Michael West and Jeffrey Jonquet.   Eunice was known for her fashionable footwear, expert seamstress skills, a quick wit and infectious laugh which she retained to her final moments.  Her inability to rock the cute shoes the last three and a half years of life was a bit trying for her, but she could still crack a joke and filled her days with cross-stitching pillow tops.  She outlived most of her family and friends, but left a legacy of love for her 3 children Katherine (Gordon) Venneri, Susan Freeman and Timothy (Christine) Dick , 9 grandchildren, and 11 great-grands as well as the many others she took in over the years.  A celebration of life is slated for 1:00 PM, November 25, 2023 at the McIntosh Grange Hall, 20 W Emma Street, Rockford, Washington. (a Potluck, of course).  Memorials may be made in her name to the McIntosh Grange ℅ 1020 S Little John Ct, Spokane Valley, WA 99206 

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John Valline

In loving memory of John Valline, 36 years young, a resident of Moses Lake WA. John was born in Spokane, WA at Sacred Heart Medical Center and he was raised in Ephrata WA by his late mother Sanh  Peunemany and father Patrick Valline. He went to school in Ephrata and graduated from Job Corps in 2006. He was a good man with the biggest heart. He is loved by many; he was a hard worker and always willing to help. He is survived  by his 2 sons, his older brother, four sisters and dad as well as many nieces and nephews.

 A funeral service will be held at Pioneer Memorial Services on Saturday, 02/17/24 at 1pm. The chapel address is 14486 Road 2 NE, Moses Lake WA

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Matthew John Spurbeck

Matthew John Spurbeck, 56 years old, lost his battle against cancer on December 24th, 2023.  Matt grew up in Soap Lake, WA and started school there and then transferred to Ephrata, WA where he graduated high school.  After graduation he served in the Army for four years.  

Matt returned to Ephrata, and became well known in the community for having worked at Les Schwab for over 31 years.  He is proceeded in death by his dad and mom, Charles and Katsuko Spurbeck and his brother, Dewey Spurbeck.  Matt is survived by his wife Jeanie, his brothers Chuck, Chris (wife: Kris), Joe and sister Bonnie as well as many nephews and nieces.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 3rd, @ 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church in Soap Lake, WA.

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Roberta Ann Bottem

Roberta Ann (Mckenzie) Bottem, 79, a beloved resident of Moses Lake, Washington, passed away on Friday, December, 15th, 2023, in Moses Lake, Washington.

Born on May 16, 1994, in Roseburg, Oregon, to Polly Anna May and Clyde James Mckenzie, Roberta, affectionately known as “Bobbie,” later moved to Pendleton, Oregon, where she graduated from high school. In 1962, she married the love of her life, John Dennis Bottem, with whom she shared a deep and enduring bond. Their union blessed them with two children, Loretta Lee and Joel Raymond.

Bobbie and John embarked on a journey through various locations in Washington State, starting in Richland, then Yakima and Des Moines, before finding their home in Moses Lake in 1976. In Moses Lake, the couple, alongside Bobbie’s sister Juanita and brother-in-law Marvin Pleinis, owned and operated two cherished local grocery stores, Boyle’s Plaza and J & M Family Grocery.

The entrepreneurial spirit Bobbie and her best friend, Rita Osborn, led them to open the Hang Out restaurant and bar, an establishment that thrived for nearly three decades. Even after the passing of Rita and her husband John in 2001, Bobbie remained devoted to the business, finding purpose and joy in its operation. Her daughter, Loretta, returned to Moses Lake in 2004 to assist Bobbie in running the Hang Out, demonstrating the strength of their family bonds.

While the demands of the Hang Out kept Bobbie rooted in Moses Lake, it became a source of fulfillment and accomplishment for her. Through the years, she created a welcoming space for the community to gather, forging lasting connections and memories.

Bobbie is survived by her two sisters, Bonita Kleinberg and Mona Mcilvenna; her daughter, Loretta (Pat) Roragen; her son, Joel (Siobhan) Bottem; grandchildren Jeffery (Jenn) Delauney, Shelbey (Jeff) Harwell, Conner (Katrece) Murphy, Ryan Bottem, and Marina Bottem; as well as several beautiful great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clyde James McKenzie; her mother, Polly Anna May; her brother, William “Bill” Clyde McKenzie and sister Juanita Marie Pleinis; and her husband, John Dennis Bottem.

Roberta Ann Bottem will be remembered for her strength, resilience, and the profound impact she had on her family, friends, and the Moses Lake community. May she rest in peace, surrounded by the love and warmth she shared throughout her remarkable life.

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Juan Rocha

Juan Rocha passed away at home in his sleep on December 12, 2023 He was a resident of Moses Lake, Washington, and he loved his family and his dogs.

Juan Rocha was born on October 17, 1953 to Domingo and Felipa Rocha in Dilley, Texas. He was the oldest of their five children. The family moved to Moses Lake, Washington, in 1964 where they remained.

Juan attended Moses Lake public schools and quit school in the 9th grade to help his father support the family. He was the big brother. He enjoyed football and wrestling. He earned a letter and a trophy, was captain of the team and was proud of those accomplishments. Juan was a very hard worker. He worked for Jenson, and then Green Acres (who changed to Wilbur-Ellis, and then to Simplot). As he got older he became an applicator and a fabricator. He liked to weld and make trailers. For fun, he enjoyed fishing, bird hunting, camping and playing in the sand dunes with family and friends and listening to Spanish music.

In 1974, he married Judy Sanchez after a whirlwind romance and the two were in their 50th year of marriage when he passed. They had their first son, Juan Rocha Jr in 1975 and second son, Chano, in 1979. They were blessed with 3 grandsons and a granddaughter, Tristan, Trynadii, Tyton and Chano Jr.

Juan is survived by his wife, Judy, his siblings, Martina Rocha (Omar), Ricky Rocha (Kathy), and Javier Rocha (Janie), his children, Juan Rocha Jr and Chano Rocha (Krissy Umanoto), 3 of his grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Domingo and Felipa Rocha, his brother Joe Rocha, grandson Chano Jr and a few pets, especially dogs Nala, Taz, Babe and MeiMei.

A celebration of Juan Rocha’s life will be held at 11AM on January 5, 2024 at the Restore City Church in Moses Lake. (2227 W Peninsula)

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Juan Rocha

Juan Rocha passed away at home in his sleep. On December 12/2023. He was a resident of Moses Lake, Washington. He loved his family, friends and his dogs. He worked in the Agricultural Industry. Liked spanish music, camping, fishing and best of all hunting.

Juan Rocha was born October 17,1953. To Domingo and Felipe Rocha in Dilley, Texas. He was the oldest of their 5 children. The family moved to Moses Lake, Washington in 1964 where they remained. Juan was the big brother of the family.

Juan attended Moses Lake public school and quit school in the 9th grade to help his father support the family. He enjoyed football and wrestling. Lettered, plus earned a trophy and was Captain in his sports. He worked for Jenson and then Green Acres. They changed to Wilbur Allis, then to Simplot. As he got older he became an Applicator and a Fabricator. He liked to weld and make trailors.

In 1974 he married Judy Sanchez (they knew each other for 2 weeks and moved in together). They Got married and were together for 50 years.

They had their first son Juan Rocha Jr. in 1975 and second son Chano in 1979. Their family included 3 grandsons and one grand daughter. Tristan, Trynadii, Tyton, Chano Jr.

Juan was a very hard worker. He liked fishing, bird hunting, sandduning with friends and family, camping, welding and listening to spanish music.

He is survived by his wife Judy Rocha. Siblings: Martina Rocha (omar) Ricky Rocha (Kathy) Javier Rocha (Janie). Children: Juan Rocha Jr., Chano Ernesto Rocha (Krissy Umanoto). Three grandkids and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Domingo and Felipa Rocha. Brother Joe Rocha, grandson Chano Jr. Rocha and a few pets, especially dogs, Nala, Taz, Babe and Mei Mei.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 am. 1-05-2024 at the Restore City Church in Moses Lake, Washington 2227 W. Peninsula Dr.

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Peniamena Taueu Misa

Peniamena “Ben” Taueu Misa, 63, passed away on Monday October 16 th , peacefully at home with his wife Kathy by his side, after a long and valiant battle with lung cancer.

Ben was born on March 29 th 1960 to Taueu and Mele Misa in Amanave, American Samoa. He grew up in Hawaii through his early 20’s as a free spirit living every day on the edge putting everything up to eleven. Listened to country music at top volume. Maybe this is the reason that later in life the tv had to be at top volume. A bit of a renegade even choosing to live several years in a tent on the beach in Hawaii. He was a man that lived by his own freedom and not by any other man’s rules.

He moved to the mainland to be closer to family that had moved there prior to him as family has always been deeply important to him.

In 1998 he met his wife Kathy Helgeson and they were married on August 6 th 2001. They each brought three children into the marriage. Ben fathered Tori, Ashley, and Ryan, and Kathy brought Kindra, Rachelle, and Jared.

Always a loving father and devoted husband, his favorite activities included watching the Seahawks, fishing, camping at the sand dunes, and cooking food for his wife and family. He always had a love for life and having fun with the people he cared about most. As a father to all six children he truly was our best friend and always had a joke, laugh, and a hug for all of us. As a husband he loved taking care of Kathy, making her favorite foods, and sharing life with her.

Ben loved everyone without needing cause or even needing to know them. He loved his people with all his heart truly unconditionally. He was the first to jump in to get a job done or handle any chore or task. His love language was surely Acts of Service as he showed his love in taking care of his wife and children in any way he knew was needed.

Ben’s most impactful life advice was his demonstration of tossing a rock into the water, saying ‘you see those ripples in the water? Those are the effects of your choices on you and everyone around you, do your best to always make wise choices.’

Peniamena Ben Taueu Misa is survived by his wife Kathy Helgeson, their children Tori, Kindra, Rachelle, Ashley, Jared, and Ryan and his 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one grandchild, Noah Martin Peralta.

Ben lived by the famous Samoan quote “E le falala fua le niu, ae falala ona o le matagi” The coconut treedoes not sway by itself, it sways because of the wind. The proverb imparts the wisdom that things happen for a reason. No matter rain or shine he accepted all aspects of life as part of the plan and he chose happiness even in the darkest of days.

Samoan Proverb: ‘Ua solo i tua ni ao taulia’ The clouds, which once brought devastating rains, are now empty and retreating.

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Marvin Ray Prentice

Marvin Ray Prentice passed away December 5, 2023 in Moses Lake, WA after a short and hard battle with cancer.  He was born in Gooding, Idaho December 31, 1954. Marvin is survived by his wife Linda Prentice,  sisters Sherry Price, Carol Surratt, Ginger Brumett and Madeline Prentice; daughter Jennifer and husband Dale Hauck, grandchildren Kody, Tyler, Monica, and Mya, great-granddaughter Ellie; daughter Rachel Prentice and husband Josh Frizzell, grandchildren Justin, Andrew, Bella, Christian; daughter Camry and husband Mark McMullan, granddaughter Ariadne Ray; son-in-law Sevren Lobe, grandchildren Sierra, Trina, and Ashlee; step-daughter Kristina Hunt, grandson Isaac-Ian; step-daughter Lisa Hunt and fiancé Brent Thomas, grandchildren Kyson and Myia; step-son TJ Hunt, granddaughter Jaylah, step-son Levi Hunt and grandchild Oliver. He will also be dearly missed by a great many other extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Elsie Prentice, his brother Russell Prentice, and his step-daughter Teralyn Lobe. Marvin was a great father, husband, brother and friend. He was loved by all that met him. Marv loved all his kids and step-kids and was a big kid at heart. He loved spending his free time with his family and loved ones. Marv worked hard his entire life. He learned about diesel engines as a teenager, which led to his career as a diesel mechanic where he eventually working his way up to shop foreman at Zipp Trucking. Marv was a kind, compassionate person with a big heart. He was loved and cherished by those closest to him and he touched countless lives. On December 5th, Marvin Ray Prentice, beloved by so many, passed away at the age of 68. He will be missed greatly by his wife, children, family and friends.

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Lewis Oneal Curry

Lewis Oneal Curry March 11, 1981 – May 25, 2023

Lewis Oneal Curry (LC), resident of Moses Lake, Washington, unexpectedly passed away on May 25, 2023, at the young age of 42. LC was born on the 11th of March, 1981, in Seattle, King, Washington. LC was preceded in death by his parents.  LC is survived by his wife Roberta Lyons, his daughter Patrisha Lyons-Curry, his sons Brycen Lyons-Curry, Ethaniel Curry, Favors Curry, Oneal Curry, and his ex-wife Roshell Hall. A loving husband, father, and friend, Lewis will be deeply missed by all who knew him. His family requests privacy during this difficult time. A memorial service was held August 5, 2023 at Light of Larson church in Moses Lake, WA.  Arrangements were in the care of Pioneer Memorial Funeral Services, Moses Lake

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