GRANGEVILLE: Marion Harold Vanderwall, 92, of Grangeville, passed away on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at his farm home in Grangeville. Marion Harold Vanderwall, 92, of Grangeville, passed away on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at his farm home in Grangeville.
He was born March 22, 1922 in Granger, WA to John and Alice Vanderwall. He attended country schools in the Grangeville area. His older sister Cora was his 8th grade teacher.
He married Gertrude Otter on November 1, 1946 in Lynden, WA. They moved to the farm in the Fairview area after their marriage where they raised three children. He lived there until his passing.
Mqarion was very active in the community, serving in various capacities on the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce, including being the first farmer to be named president. He was a trustee of the first Syringa Hospital District Board of Trustees, served multiple terms as a trustee of the Grangeville School District, and was a Grangeville Highway District road commissioner.
He enjoyed the sport of bowling into his early 80’s and was the first person to bowl a 700 series in the Grangeville area. He looked forward to morning and afternoon coffee in town with the boys and loved to play cribbage. Marion was fond of travelling to warmer climates, and he and Gert enjoyed many trips until their health declined. He looked forward to morning and afternoon coffee in town with the boys and loved to play cribbage. Marion was fond of travelling to warmer climates, and he and Gert enjoyed many trips until their health declined.
Marion loved farming just like his father. He remained very active on the farm until the age of 67. He took great pride in his chosen profession and new technologies in farming continued to fascinate him. After retiring from farming his lawn and vegetable garden reflected that same pride.
Marion was preceded in death by his wife Gert in November 2009, son Terry in January 2008, daughter in law Mary in January 2003. He was also preceded in death by his parents, brothers Henry, Martin, John; and sister Cora Pratt.
Survivors include son Randy (Jean) of Grangeville; daughter Kristi (Jake) Jacobsen of Missoula, MT; Grandsons Mark (Jessica) Vanderwall of Grangeville and Jason (Joanna) Vanderwall of Lolo, MT; Great grandchildren Jacob, Bailey, and Addisyn of Grangeville and Beniah, Caleb, and Joel of Lolo, MT. He is also survived by step-grandchildren Sandi (Mike) Sandry, Kim (Courtney) Herzog, Stacie (Travis) Cline, and their children, all from Montana. He is also survived by his sister Milly Likkel of Lynden, WA.
Services will be held on Thursday, December 11 at 11 am, at the Grangeville Christian Church with Reverend Harold Gott officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery near Grangeville and a light lunch will be served at the church following the burial. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, December 10 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville.
The family suggests memorials to the Grangeville Christian Church 402 W. South 1st
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Lorna Hitchcock, Cindi Crumm, Linda Ray, Margretta Fortin, Anita Lucas, Connie Pagel, and Gerry Hayes for the loving care they provided Marion for many years until his passing