dureyalonzoYAKIMA - Alonzo T “Lon” Durey left us January 8, 2014 surrounded by his family at Memorial Hospital in Yakima. Lon was 83. He was born in McArthur, Arkansas Nov. 26, 1930 to Fletcher and Hazel Durey. Lon met the love of his life, Addie Mae, at Desha Central High School in Rohwer, Arkansas in 1948. They were married in Las Cruces, Mexico Dec. 27, 1950. Lon joined the Army in 1950, serving his country in Korea until 1953. He received two Silver and four Bronze Stars, KSM, UNSM, NDSM, and a Purple Heart. Lon moved his family to Tieton, WA in 1961 and found employment at Campbell Orchards. Lon loved farming, and every element of it, harvesting

fruit, driving truck, and fixing equipment. When age forced him to stop working outdoors he continued working in the shop on equipment. Lon was with the Campbell family over 52 years.

Lon told his family he never thought he would live through Korea and when he did he wanted to make every moment count. Life was precious and needed to be filled with love and joy. And that is how he lived his life. He never met a stranger and always told the people in his life, new and old, “I’m glad you got to see me.” He loved to tell stories and had his Lon-isms. He was a good man. Lon did have a love of vintage cars and was a member of the Vintiques club for many years.

Alonzo is survived by his wife of 63 years, Addie Mae, children, Judy Durey, Kathy Grubenhoff and husband Dennis, Betty Hill Taylor and husband Randy, dear friend Tony Pena and wife Darleen, eight grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, sister Betty Ruth Garrison, and brothers Morris and James Durey.

He is preceded in death by parents Fletcher and Hazel Durey, brother Travis Durey, son Lonzo Durey, daughter Meredith Stalder, and son-in-law Bob Hill.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Jan. 25th at 1:00 at Christian Worship Center, 204 Cheyne Rd., Zillah.