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Arthur Winterstein



Arthur Winterstein passed away peacefully in Yakima on May 22, 2014. He was 95 years young, born on January 1, 1919 to Ernest and Maude Winterstein. Arthur was the youngest of four boys. Art, as he was known, married Elnora Freer, a local farm girl and the two of them farmed the land, raised two daughters and enjoying over 73 years of marriage together.

Art is survived by his wife, Elnora, two daughters, Joyce (John) Alexander, Judy (Danny) Skinner; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Art's mother, Maude, came to the Washington as a young girl with her parents by covered wagon from Missouri. Art's father was born in Warwick, Washington as Art's grandfather, on his dad's side, had already settled in the Great North West.

The great grandparents of Art's lived in a house located a few miles from the present Winterstein ranch and at some time the house was taken apart and rebuilt at the ranch location. As time passed and the family grew that house was moved to a new location on the ranch to become a shed. With the old house moved space was available to build a new house for the growing Winterstein family and is still standing at this time. When Art's grandparents passed away Ernest and Maude Winterstein took over the farming and it was here that Art was born, on the Winterstein farm.

Art worked as a farm hand in the Goldendale area and at the Klickitat Pine Box factory after it reopened. When Art's parents retired from the family homestead, the farm was sold to a corporation. Art was hired to run the farm and later bought into the ownership of the farm as a partner. As time went on Art and Elnora bought out the corporation's share of the farm and once more a Winterstein was the owner. Like his father Art was a wheat and alfalfa farmer and the third generation Winterstein to own the farm.

Art and Elnora work hard on the farm as most farmers do but Art took advantage of his off time to take his wife and children camping (tent style) to Mt. Adams, which was a favorite place of the family as they love to pick huckleberries. Trips to the ocean where fun for the family and provided a beach full of treasures for the girls. The family enjoyed many outing together in the surround areas of Goldendale. Hunting season would find Art out in the woods with his son-in-laws and friends, successful or not but enjoying the outing.

Art, with his wife for support found fulfilling activities in the community. They took care of the cemetery across the road from the ranch house, as they liked to call the farm. Art was active in the Goldendale Grange #47 and the Washington Oddfellow lodge. Community events would find Art as a consuming participant. Art was always willing to lend a hand when needed, sometimes without anyone knowing the wiser.

Art was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, in-laws and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held on May 31, in Goldendale Washington at Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel.


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