Skip Mulrony

 

January 9, 2019

Dec. 6, 1952 – Dec. 24, 2018

Everett Dean "Skip" Mulrony passed away at his home in Goldendale, Washington on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at the age of 66.

A celebration in memory of Skip will be hosted by his family at the Klickitat County Fairgrounds on Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Skip's life. A reception and remembrances to follow. The main dish will be provided by the family, and the community is asked to help with side dishes, salads, and desserts.

Skip is survived by his wife Vickie Lee Kile Mulrony; parents Hiram John "Jack" Mulrony and LaVila Jessop Mulrony, step children Danielle Olsen, Keelie Olsen (step grandson Camden), Val Nussbaumer, and Ty Nussbaumer, brothers Jim Mulrony (Shirley), Randy Mulrony (Vonni), sister-in-law Sherrie Mulrony (Hiram), nephews and nieces Cameron Mulrony (Leanne and children Mannie & Collins), Brandi Kozisek (Kelly and children Rhett & Rylee), Dustin Mulrony (Brittany), Jasen Mulrony (Dawn & daughter BryLee), Regan Alires (Danny), Trever Mulrony (Kelsey and children Bayler, Parley, and Conley), Teejay Mulrony (Erin and children Harvey, Maryann, Fintan, and Tallmadge), JD Mulrony (daughters Nicole and Cassidy and wife Michelle and step children Jakob and Gracie), Crystal Klonowski (Joel and children McKayla, Matheu, and KaiLee).

Skip was preceded in death by his brother Hiram Mulrony on April 12, 2016. When he said goodbye to Skip, Hiram promised that he would leave the door open.

Skip was born Dec. 6, 1952 in Sunnyside, Washington. The family moved to Goodnoe Hills in 1958 where Skip and his older brother Jim attended the Goodnoe Hills School. Later they moved to the surrounding Goldendale area where all four Mulrony brothers attended Goldendale Schools. Skip played football and wrestled as a Goldendale Timber Wolf during his high school years graduating in 1971. He continued to live in the Goldendale community for the remainder of his life.

Skip completed his two-year Associate Degree in Mechanical Technologies at Yakima Valley Community College in 1974 and was then hired by St. Regis Lumber Company/Champion International in Klickitat, Washington where he worked for 13 years as the Night Shift Lead Mechanic. From there he went to work as a Resident Field Service Technician in Goldendale for Halton CAT Company in The Dalles, Oregon from 1987- 2010. His job took him throughout several counties in Oregon, but he much preferred working from his home in Klickitat County only driving to The Dalles for parts when necessary. In 2010 Peterson CAT bought out Halton CAT where he continued as a resident field mechanic from 2010-2011. One of his fondest memories working at CAT was when he was sent to Russia for several weeks to set up heavy equipment. He told many stories from his experiences on the other side of the world and each time you could see the excitement in his eyes. In 2011 Skip started working as a mechanic at the Klickitat County PUD, which was within sight of his home. At last no more driving miles and miles in the huge Halton service truck and suffering the extreme temperatures in both winter and summer. Skip worked for five years at the PUD until his health forced his retirement in 2016.

Vonni and Randy Mulrony, Skip's sister-in-law and brother in Pomeroy, Washington, introduced Skip and Vickie to each other in November 2002. Vickie was employed as an elementary teacher in the Pomeroy School District where Vonni served on the school board. Vickie's son Ty practiced bull riding and bareback riding during his high school years with Skip's nephews Cameron and Dustin at the Mulrony ranch near Pomeroy. Having so many similar interests Vickie joined Skip in Goldendale in the summer of 2003 after both her children graduated from Pomeroy High School. They have lived and worked together in Klickitat County ever since. With so many work responsibilities as a mechanic along with farming and ranching, and Vickie driving to Bickleton to teach for three years and later in Goldendale for 5 years, they finally took time off to make it official at "The Hitching Post in Coeurd'Alene, Idaho on Dec. 26, 2012.

Skip's love of rodeo kept him involved in riding bulls, bareback horses, and he judged both professional and high school rodeos for many years. He was a proud member of the NPRA (Northwest Professional Rodeo Association). Every August you could find him at the Klickitat County Fair where he served as President of the Fair Board for a couple of years. Skip was also the Rodeo Committee Chairman for many years and was very proud when he received a plaque from the Cowboy Memorial in 2015 in recognition of his 30 plus years of service to the Klickitat County Fair & Rodeo. He looked forward every year to competing in the Penning and Branding with many different partners over the years; Craig, Alan, Jessica, Alyson, Dave, Bruce, Matt, Austin, to name just a few. Skip rode with his wife Vickie in the sorting pen for several years, and even when he counted backwards one time they managed to be in the money. His last year of organizing the rodeo was this past August. All those years of volunteer service included some of his most memorable days and he enjoyed every minute to the fullest.

Skip was also a supportive Dad to his two stepdaughters, Danielle and Keelie. His love for animals led the girls to become active in 4-H where they raised both sheep and pigs that were sold at the fair Market sale. The girls, along with Skip's help, had many pets, even three calves named Lulu, Lucy, and Lester. Skip instilled his love and compassion for animals in both of the girls.

In 2016 Skip was selected as the Grand Marshal of the Klickitat County Fair & Rodeo. Even though he refused to sit in the grandstands as he had a rodeo to run, this pleased him immensely.

Each year in early November the Mulrony "boys" and several other relatives and friends gathered up all their gear and headed into The Blue Mountains south of Pomeroy for their elk hunting rendezvous. During Skip's first year working at Halton CAT his Uncle Ben who ran a guide service in The Blue Mountains became ill and needed help, so he took several weeks off to assist his uncle with packing supplies on a string of mules and leading hunters in on horseback. He was hopeful he would have a job when he returned, and of course he did. He had so many wonderful stories to tell about all the adventures he had with Uncle Ben in the mountains.

Skip always dreamed of being a farmer and a rancher. The last several years he ran a small haying operation on leased land where he raised hay and a few head of cattle. He was truly in his element gathering cows in the mountains on his horse "Boomer" and feeding cattle in Rock Creek and Orchard Heights with his dogs Shy, Tux, and, beginning this past February, his pup Zeke. Vickie would often accompany him whenever she could, riding her horse Ernest who they raised from a foal and was named by Skip. His talent as a mechanic continued to serve him well since most of his machinery was way too old to still be in operation, but he could fix almost anything and keep it running. His skill was often in high demand around the county, and since he could never say "no" he often worked for many area farmers and ranchers along with pursuing his dream. There was just never enough daylight in his days.

Skip consistently stayed positive the last three and half years of his life advocating for his friends and coworkers to get health screenings and encouraging people to keep fighting. He often spoke at the PUD safety meetings. Skip fought a long hard battle over three and a half years and refused to give up until the very end. Being "tougher than nails" Skip gave a whole new meaning to the term "true grit."

A Tribute to a Very Special Cowboy: Skip Mulrony

"Heaven welcomed a cowboy home. Camping and riding in the mountains were where his 'church' was. As I said goodbye, my wish was that you were strong and happy once again. It would have been selfish to make you suffer any longer. After letting go, I wanted to honor Skip and the joy he shared with us. His love for family and friends and the mountains was evident. Until we meet again, rest in peace dear Skip."

-Written and posted on Facebook by Vonni Hintz Mulrony

Dec. 27, 2018

 

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