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Lawrence Delano Whitmore


Lawrence Delano Whitmore was born April 24, 1928 in The Dalles, Oregon. He was the second child of Del and Fern (Churchill) Whitmore. He was brought home to join his sister Ethel just one year older. At that time, the family lived at the Spence Place. In 1929 the Grandparents, Tom and Nellie Whitmore moved back to their old home in the Mohawk Valley in Oregon and Del’s family moved up to the Whitmore Homestead. Eileen joined the family in 1931 and little sister Betty Jo in 1939.

Lawrence and his sisters attended Juniper Canyon school until it was time for Ethel to go to High School in 1940. There had only been the 3 kids for several years so it was a big move for 3 country kids. So Lawrence was 12 years old and driving a car to school (there were no school buses then). Other kids were riding in on horseback but they were a bit too far out.

He graduated from High School in spring of 1946 in a class of 5. He married Ada Ruth Whitmore December 24, 1947 at the Presbyterian Church in Bickleton. They moved onto the Whitmore Homestead in 1951. Lawrence farmed with his dad for several years and eventually purchased family farmland.

Lawrence belonged to the Bickleton Fire Department, Past Master of White Creek Grange, Member of Alder Creek Grange, 20 year Bickleton school board member, past President of Alder Creek Pioneer Association, Fraternal Order of Eagles in Sunnyside and the Yakima Valley Studebaker Club.

Lawrence passed away at the Prestige Care Center in Toppenish, Sunday evening June 12, 2016.

He is survived by Ada Ruth, his wife of 68 years and 5 children: Carolyn (Lyle) Cleveland, Jack (Tami) Whitmore, Christine Whitmore, Tom (Melinda) Whitmore, and Dave (Debbie) Whitmore. He is also survived by sisters Ethel Read of Bickleton and Betty (Don) Berger of Kittitas, and several nieces, nehphews and cousins.

He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren: Tina (Andy) Jeffries of Medical Lake; Crystal (Scott) Taylor and sons Hunter and Tanner of Loon Lake; Laurie (Robert) Cheney of Vancouver WA; Delano (Erin) Whitmore and children Sydnie, Hali, John, and Addison of Mabton; Kate (Chris) Watson and son Warner of Yakima; Bryan (Melissa) Whitmore and daughter Audrey of Kennewick; Ashley (Sean) Bryan and son Alex of Goldendale; and Phylicia (Tommy) Quinby and son Boston of Grayland.

He was preceded in death by grandson, Alex James Whitmore in July 2006 and sister, Eileen Wilhelm Bowden in December 2006.

Lawrence spent his life raising kids, grandkids, wheat and cattle. His love for old cars and antiques continued all through his life and together with his wife their passion lives on through the Whoop-N-Holler Ranch and Museum.

A viewing was held Thursday, June 16 at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services were held Friday, June 17 at Bickleton Evangelical Community Church at 11:00am. Lawrence will be laid to rest beside his Great Grandfather Rev. John Huston Whitmore. Rev. Whitmore homesteaded in the Juniper Canyon area beside his two daughters.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alder Creek Pioneer Association, Rebekah Ladies for lunch or a charity of donor’s choice.


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