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Cecil F "Bill" Laughery was called home by our Heavenly Father on Monday, July 28, 2014 surrounded with the love of his wife, Elvera, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bill was born March 27, 1922 in Dayton, Washington to Cecil R and Dail Laughery, the oldest of four children. He lived in Dayton and graduated from high school there. He enlisted in the US Army/Air Corp and served during World War II and was stationed "State-Side" as a Second Lieutenant in a Flight Training Command, where he served as a Flight Instructor.

Upon his return to Dayton, he married his high school sweetheart, Annabel. They were married for 61 years until her death on March 12, 2004.

Bill moved his family to the Tri-Cities in 1959. He was a Teamster/Warehouseman and worked for various companies at the Hanford Site and Boise Cascade until his retirement in 1987. His favorite activity outside of work was coaching Little League and Pony and Colt Leagues baseball when his sons were young.

Bill is survived by his wife, Elvera of West Richland, sons, William A. Laughery and wife Trudy of West Richland and their children, Claudia Mosley and great-granddaughter Natasha, Cheryl Johnson, and great-grandchildren, Justin, Ian, and Alexis, and grandson David Laughery; son, Lyle Laughery and wife Pam of Kennewick; and their children, Angela Herman and husband Damon and great-grandson Nathan Hallett, and great-granddaughter, Hailey Herman; Jason Laughery and wife Leah and great granddaughter, Trinity, sister Nellie O'Connor of Walla Walla, and brother Richard Laughery and wife Marilyn of Auburn, Washington.

Bill was preceded in death by his first wife Annabel, his parents Cecil R. and Dail Laughery, his brother Jack Laughery, and great-grandson, Kyler Jamison Hubbard.

Bill was a vibrant man of many interests and talents. An avid "outdoorsman", he loved hunting, fishing, and knew the hills of Dayton and the Blue Mountains like the back of his hand. His greatest passion though was "Big Foot hunting" and he appeared on an episode of "Inside Edition" after spotting the fabled creature. He loved flying and owned a Piper Tri-Pacer at one time, so that he could show everyone the thrill of flying. He was always interested in others and never knew a stranger. His smile and laugh were infectious and he could always entertain you with a million great stories.

His love for his family was multiplied with the special love he had for his wife, Elvera and his extended family. They were the best thing that ever happened to him later in life.

Special thanks to the Richland Rehabilitation Center and Kadlec for caring for Bill in his time of need.

Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. on August 16th, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 601 S 3rd St., Dayton, Washington.

Arrangements are under the Columbia Memorial Funeral Chapel, Pasco, Washington.

Funeral Home
Columbia Memorial Chapel
224 S 24Th Ave Pasco, WA 99301
(509) 547-4212
Funeral Home Details
Published in Tri-City Herald on Aug. 3, 2014
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