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William Grassmyer



William Charles "Grassy" Grassmyer passed away in Yakima, Wash., on July 21, 2012 at the age of 68.

He was born in Lewiston, Penn., to Pearl (Rothrock) and Clark W. Grassmyer on Dec. 17, 1943. After graduating from high school, Grassy joined the Army and was stationed at Fort Lewis in Tacoma. While training in Yakima he met Joyce Sullens at a roller rink and the couple married March 7, 1964. The couple moved back to Pennsylvania and had their first son, Rick, and later returned to Yakima where their second son Mark was born.

In the early 1970s the Grassmyers moved to Centerville. Mr. Grassmyer worked at the Army Depot in Hermiston then at the aluminum plant, retiring from there in 1999.

Grassy loved sports and coached and umpired for Little League. He was an accomplished woodworker who made lawn furniture as well as cedar chests and toy chests for his kids. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife Joyce of Centerville; sons and their wives Rick and Tina of Hillsboro, Ore., and Mark and Christie of Spokane, Wash .; siblings and their spouses Richard and Carol Grassmyer, Shirley and Leon Rebert, Dot and Bud Snook, Kenny Grassmyer, Gene and Karen Grassmyer and Janet and Randy Reeder all of Pennsylvania; and sisters- and brothers-in law Claudia Young of Goldendale, Real and Linda Sullens of Garland, Texas and Rick W. Sullens of Portland, Ore .; and grandchildren Audrey and Ryan. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, at New Life Assembly of God in Goldendale. Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.


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