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Memories of our Departed Friends and Neighbors from Garfield County, Washington (1992)

Clarence A. Schilling

Clarence A. Schilling, a retired heavy equipment operator, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday [November 11, 1992] at Whitman Hospital and Medical Center at Colfax. He was 83.

He worked for more than 30 years for the Garfield County Road Department at Pomeroy and retired in 1976.

An Indiana native, he was born Aug. 11, 1909, at Bunker Hill, Ind., to Charles and Elizabeth Shivley Schilling. He was raised in Indiana and graduated from high school there. In 1933, he moved to Pomeroy from Peru, Ind., to work with the Civilian Conservation Corps.

He then worked for the Foster Dairy at Pomeroy before going to work for the county road department as a heavy equipment operator.

He married Cecilia Schaefer at Pomeroy on July 26, 1937. She died Jan. 2, 1992.

He was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and enjoyed the outdoors, chopping wood, hunting, fishing, gardening and mushrooming. He also enjoyed reading and working crossword puzzles.

Survivors include two sons, Phillip (Butch) Schilling of Loveland, Colo., and L.J. (Bud) Schilling of Pomeroy; two daughters, Mary A. Schilling of Pomeroy and Phyllis Jardee of Seattle; a sister, Thelma Griffin of Peru; a brother, Melvin (Red) Shilling of Peru, and six grandchildren.

A son, Charles L. Schilling, and three brothers, Fred Russel, John Shilling and Tuck Shilling, died previously.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. John Sand at 10 a.m. Saturday [November 21], at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Burial will be at the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Washington State Heart Association, in care of Ann Heitstuman, P.O. Box 955, Pomeroy, 99347, or to the Washington State Lung Association, 216 Broadway East, Seattle, Wash. 98102.

Richardson-Brown Funeral Home at Pomeroy is in charge of arrangements.

Wyoma B. (Clibon) Duckworth

Wyoma B. Duckworth, a former Pomeroy and Clarkston resident, died of a heart attack Saturday [November 7, 1992] at Herndon, Va., where she had lived with her son since 1988. She was 81.

She was born Sept. 2, 1911, at Hilger, Mont., to George and Rose Cameron Clibon.

She attended school at Hilger until the family moved to Washington state, where she attended schools at Concrete and Lowden, graduating from Lowden High School.

She married Leighton G. Duckworth June 7, 1929, at Dayton. After their marriage, they lived at Waitsburg, Wash., for a time before coming to Pomeroy.

She and her husband, Leighton, operated a wheat and cattle ranch at Columbia Center, about 10 miles south of Pomeroy from 1929 to 1960.

Her husband died April 25, 1960. After his death, she moved to Pullman, where she was a housemother at the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority on the Washington State University campus from 1965 to 1967.

She then lived at Pomeroy and Clarkston before moving to Herndon.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church and was past president of the Pomeroy Cow Belles, an auxiliary unit of the Garfield County Cattlemen's Association. She was also a member of the Faith Rebekah Lodge No. 16, the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 10 and the Evergreen Home Economics Club of Garfield County.

Survivors include a daughter, Lynn Fondahn of Singapore; a son, Blaine Duckworth of Herndon, Va.; a stepdaughter, Beverly Winter of Pendleton, Ore.; five sisters, Judy Martinson of Hoquiam, Wash., Lula Mae Cameron and Ruth Lusk, both of Walla Walla, Reva Fletcher of Camas, Wash., and Una Clibon of Fort Worth, Texas, 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A son, Gary Duckworth; a stepson, Leighton G. Duckworth; a brother, George Clibon; and a sister, Inez Irwin, died previously.

Her funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pomeroy United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jonathan Cortese of the Pomeroy United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be at the Pomeroy City Cemetery.

Wilma Genevieve (Ruchert) Shelton

Wilma Genevieve Shelton, a Pomeroy farmer and homemaker, died Saturday [June 30, 1992] at her Pomeroy home of leukemia. She was 77.

She was born April 3, 1915, in Garfield County to Robert J. and Vena Baden Ruchert. She graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1933.

Shelton married Wayne M. Shelton Jan. 13, 1937, at Spokane. He preceded her death in October 1978. She and her husband farmed and ranched on Casey Creek near Pomeroy from 1937 to 1964.

In 1964, they traded their farm for a motel at Spokane and then owned and operated the Locust Grove Motel there until 1970, when they quit the motel business. They continued to live at Spokane from 1970 to 1980.

In 1980, she moved back to Pomeroy.

She was a member of Pomeroy Christian Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the Rebekahs. She was a past member of the Spokane Moose Lodge, the Pomeroy Garden Club, the Pomeroy Grange Pleasant Grove Chapter and the Pomeroy senior citizens center.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ann Nichols of Tieton, Wash.; three sons, Robert Shelton and Tom Shelton, both of Spokane, and William Dave Shelton of Pomeroy; a half-brother, William Ruchert of Colville; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, a brother and a sister.

A graveside memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pomeroy City Cemetery. The Rev. Howard Neal of Pomeroy Christian Church will officiate.

The family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

Richardson-Brown Funeral Home is in charge of .