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Vincent A. Jussila


April 18, 2018

Vincent A. Jussila, age 92, a resident of Wishram Heights, died Saturday, the 7th of April. He was bom on Oct. 10, 1925 in The Dalles to Esther Yeackel Jussila and William Jussila of Centerville. Vince was raised by his grandparents, Fred and Iva Yeackel, on their farm three miles south of Centerville. He attended school at Centerville until the 11th grade, in 1942, when the high school was transferred to Goldendale. In 1942 Fred and Iva leased the ranch, and they all moved to a house in Centerville close to the church.

In Vince's senior year, he asked the draft board if they were going to draft him since he turned 18 on Oct. 10. They said most likely yes, so Vince quit school his senior year. He was drafted in January 1944. They sent him to Navy boot camp at Farragut, Idaho. He finished up in the rear seat of a Navy dive bomber as a radio-radar and twin 30-caliber machine gun operator.

He served from January 1944 to May 1946, ending up on the super carrier Midway. After discharge, he ran a two-man gas saw felling trees. He worked several other jobs, then went to work for Klickitat Pine Box Mill in Goldendale. He started working for the SP&S Railroad as a Brakeman in July 1955. He retired from Burlington Northern Railroad in 1987.

Vince's hobbies were fishing, hunting, and rock collecting. After retirement, he cut firewood for a pastime. In 1975 he had Adair Homes build him a house in Wishram Heights. He always had a black lab dog. He was a member of the White Salmon Elks Club.

Vince is survived by a son, Alan; wife Pam; grandsons Matthew and Tyler; and great grandson Bryson of Goldendale; a daughter, Amy, and husband Mike Warren; and great-grandson Victor of Spokane. He is also survived by a sister, Shirley Winofsky, of Portland; sister-in-law Donna Farrell of Scappose, Oregon; and brother-in-law Al Pugh of Scappose, Oregon; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Charlene Pugh of Scappoose; Brother Robert Farrell and wife Nellie Atkins Farrell of The Dalles; and brother Buster Farrell of Scappose.

At Vince's request, there will only be graveside services at the Centerville Cemetery, Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. Memorials can be given to The Elk's Kids Therapy program, Lodge 1868, PO Box 110760, Tacoma, WA 98411; or Home At Last Animal Shelter, The Dalles.


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