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Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.
Go to sleep,
peaceful sleep,
May the soldier
or sailor,
God keep.
On the land
or the deep,
Safe in sleep.
Love, good night,
Must thou go,
When the day,
And the night
Need thee so?
All is well.
Speedeth all
To their rest.
Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.
Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.

FRANZ, Victor R.

Victor Rupert Franz, 96, of Moses Lake, surrounded by his family, died on Jan. 17, at the Columbia Basin Hospital Long Term Care Unit in Ephrata.

He was born June 29, 1920 in Adams County near Schrag, at the family home to Peter L. and Agnetha (Ewert) Franz. Vic attended grade school at the Schrag School and graduated from Lind High School in 1938. Vic married Phyllis Anne Tucker Feb. 16, 1951. They were married 58 years before his beloved Phyllis died in 2009.Vic started farming right out of high school. Vic always had an innate curiosity about the world around him.

He began deep well irrigation in 1968 on a portion of the farm. Vic also ran a cow-calf operation for many years. He was involved with the development and manufacture of the FRANZ shovel, which was designed for deep seeding dry land winter wheat. After turning the farm over to their sons, Vic and Phyl retired to Moses Lake in 1985.

Vic loved flying. He owned many different airplanes over the years, and was known as a skilled pilot, especially after having a propeller hub fail, tearing the motor from the plane, but still being able to land unscathed. Vic and Phyl always had a special place in their hearts for all the good friends they made over the years being involved with International Flying Farmers as well as the Washington Chapter of IFF.

They took many trips all across the US and Canada, and to Mexico and Central America.

Vic was a member of Menno Mennonite Church, International Flying Farmers, serving as President 1984-85, The Lind Grange Supply Board of Directors, Washington Association of Wheat Growers, and Farm Bureau. He also served as an Adams County Fire Commissioner.

Vic is survived by his son, Randy Franz, wife Barb, their daughters Amber Slate, Michelle Rogers and husband Raimond; daughter Pam Bowman, her daughter Renea, significant other Ian MacDonnell, and their son Gabe; son Curt Franz, significant other Ruth Dasch, his son Pete Franz, wife Tessa, and their sons Ayden and Ethan, and Curt’s daughter Anna.

Preceding him in death were his wife Phyllis, his parents, his brothers Walter, Albert, and Arnold, and sisters Bertha and Sylvia.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 4, internment at 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m. at the Menno Mennonite Church, Ritzville, Washington, with a fellowship meal after.

Kayser’s Chapel of Memories, Moses Lake, is in charge of the arrangements. Please sign the online guestbook or leave a note for the family at http://www.kayserschapel.com.

Gifts in remembrance of Vic may be sent to Mennonite Country Auction, P.O. Drawer E, Moses Lake, WA 98837, or to the International Flying Farmers Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Don Leis, 5315 Horatio Harris Creek Rd, Greenville, OH 45331-9332.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7.
— Ritzville Journal

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Yvonne M. Rushmeier died on Feb. 11, at Sacred Heart Hospital while receiving treatment for a recently diagnosed illness.

Yvonne was born in Washtucna, on June 24, 1933, to Vernon and Ruth (Howton) Reeve and was the youngest of eight children.
Her family moved to Lind, where Yvonne graduated from Lind High School in 1951.

Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents; Brothers Bruce, Lynn and Gene; and sisters Nita and Betty. Yvonne is survived by her brother Neil and sister Fran; her husband Loren (of 63 years); son Russell and wife Holly; daughter Paula; daughter Laural and husband Dave Booth; her grandson Guy and fiancé Tiffany as well as many nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be held Friday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Lind Cemetery.

Arrangements handled by Danekas Funeral Home. — Ritzville Journal