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Pete Yarnell



George L. "Pete" Yarnell passed away at his home in Husum on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at the age of 82.

He was born on the family homestead in Snowden near White Salmon, Washington on December 6, 1929 to Lula Mae (Branaman) and Lemuel Yarnell. Pete graduated from Columbia High School. In his earlier years, he worked for SD&S and later, owned his own truck and hauled for numerous logging companies.

Pete married Marjorie E. Fritchey on December 23, 1950. He later married Elizabeth A. Austin on December 31, 1971. An old cowboy at heart, Pete was always busy around his place working and with hobbies such as leatherwork and tending to his horses and cattle.

Survivors include his wife Elizabeth Yarnell of Husum; children Audrey (Yarnell) Crader of White Salmon; Douglas Yarnell and his wife Sundee of Trout Lake; Sue (Yarnell) Mortensen and her husband Alex of Dallesport; Pam Yarnell and her significant other Karl Moore of Murdock; Sheri Sigley and her husband Brian of White Salmon; T.J. Henderson of Iowa; Tony Henderson and his wife Carol of Cook, Washington; Thomas Jordan and his wife Adrienne of Dallas, Oregon; Terry Yarnell and his wife Cayenne of Vancouver; sisters Mildred Dickey of Portland; Berniece Wright of Anchorage, Alaska and Jane Arnold of White Salmon; twenty grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers Lon, Don, Ray and Lenard, sisters Peggy and Dorothy and granddaughter Jennifer Duhrkop. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at Grace Baptist Church in White Salmon with a potluck lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of the Gorge or CASPE Alumni Scholarship Fund in care of Gardner Funeral Home, PO Box 390, White Salmon, WA 98672, who handled cremation arrangements.

Reprinted with revisions.


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