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  •  IN MEMORIAM

    ED McDOWELL  1933 - 2017

    Brother Ed McDowell passed away on April 4th at the age of 84.  Brother    McDowell was initiated into Local 73 in 1952 .  He began working out of Local 112 in  1957 as an apprentice wireman   and completed his apprenticeship through this Local Union, becoming a Journeyman Wireman in 1960.   He later deposited his Traveling Card into Local 112 in January, 1957 and remained a member in good standing.

    Ed worked his career in many sectors of the industry including the Hanford Project, the Snake River Dams and small shops, before retiring in 1995.   He was a 65 year member of the IBEW

    Donald Day 1933 - 2017

    Brother Donald Day passed away on March 10, 2017 at the age of 83.  Brother Day was initiated into Local 112 as an apprentice wireman in 1955 and completed his apprenticeship, becoming a Journeyman Wireman in 1958.  He worked much of his career for the small shops in the Yakima area  doing commercial and light   industrial work, but did venture to the Hanford Site a few times before  retiring in 1995.  He was a 61 year member. Don’s son, Doug, is also a member of  #112.

    FORREST BAUGHER 1934 - 2017

    Brother  Forrest Baugher passed away on January 5, 2017 at the age 82.    Forrest was a 57 year member of the IBEW, having been     initiated into Local 112 in 1959 as an apprentice wireman  and completing the four year apprenticeship through this  Local Union.  He lived in Parker near Yakima and worked for several of the shops in that area. He was  appointed as a  Business Representative for Local 112 in February of 1972 and held that position for 12 years, until March, 1984.

    "Forrie" was very passionate about the labor movement and got involved in the political arena.  He was a State Representative in Olympia  for his Yakima district from November, 1985 until November, 1991. 

    He was also had a large orchard in Parker for many, many years, which kept him busy until recently.

    We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of  Brother Forrest Baugher.

    LARRY G. SCOTT 1944- 2016

    Brother Larry Scott passed away on October 30, 2016 at the age of 72 after suffering with Parkinson’s Disease for many years.   

    Brother Scott was initiated into the IBEW in 1966 as an     apprentice wireman  and completed the four year inside  program through Local 112.    He worked for several       contractors throughout his 40 year career, including shops in the Yakima area and large jobs on the Hanford Site.  His later years in his career were worked at Hanford for   Empire  Electric, Kaiser & Fluor Federal Services, before  retiring in 2005.

    Brother Scott received his 50 year membership pin this year, in 2016.  We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of  Brother Larry Scott.

    PAUL E. KRAMER 1955 - 2016

    Brother Paul E. Kramar passed away on Saturday, October 8th after a long battle with cancer.  He was 61 years old.  Brother Kramar was initiated into Local 112 in 1979 as an apprentice wireman and completed the four year  apprenticeship program through this Local Union, becoming a Journeyman Wireman in April of 1983. 

    Brother Kramar liked adventure. A few months after he turned out, he left the jurisdiction, bought a sailboat and headed for the Virgin Islands, where he lived for several years.   After returning to Local 112 in 1991, he lived on his boat for quite some time.

    Paul started Kramar Electric in 2000 and had a contract with the railroad at the yard in Hinkle, Oregon for several years.  At the end of his career, he worked in Alaska out of Local 1547, which he truly enjoyed.  

    Gerald E. Christian 1943 - 2016

    Brother Gerald E. Christian passed away on September 5, 2016 from injuries he sustained in a semi truck accident after suffering a heart attack.  He was 72 years old and a 46 year member of the IBEW.   Brother Christian was initiated into Local  112 in 1970 as an apprentice  wireman and completed the four year program through this Local Union, becoming a Journeyman Wireman in 1973.  He lived in the Yakima area and worked the majority of his career for shops  in that area, but worked a short time on the Hanford Project, as well.  After retiring in 2004, Brother Christian became  truck driver.

    Our sympathies and prayers go out to his family and friends.

    Bill McCann 1962- 2016

    A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 1st at the Highland Grange Hall, located at 1600 So.Union Street in Kennewick, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

    Brother Bill McCann passed away on Monday, August 29, 2016 at the age of 54  after suffering a heart attack on the job at the VIT Plant on the Hanford Project.   Bill was a 28 year member of the IBEW, having been initiated into Local Union 112 as an apprentice  wireman on  September 6, 1988.  He completed the inside apprenticeship  program through this Local Union and became a Journeyman Wireman  in 1992.   During his career, Brother McCann worked for several     contractors on many different projects.  He had been working for Bechtel on the VIT Plant since September, 2007. 

    We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of  Brother McCann.

    JOHN C. ANTOLICK - 1982- 2016

    "Services will be held on Saturday, August 27th @ 1:00 p.m.

    Central United Protestant Church, 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland"

    Brother John C. Antolick passed away on August 3, 2016 at the age of 34.   Brother Antolick was initiated into the IBEW by Local 112 in May, 2003 and completed the five year Inside Apprenticeship Program.  He became a Journeyman Wireman in April, 2008 and was also a certified  welder.

    Brother Antolick worked for various contractors throughout his short career.   John was              pre-deceased by his father, Joe Antolick, an IBEW member, last year.

    RANDALL DAINTY 1924 - 2016

    Brother Randall Dainty passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at the age of 91.  Brother Dainty began working out of Local 112 in 1978  was initiated into the Local Union in June, 1979, making him a 37 year member of the IBEW. He enjoyed working in the shops during his career, but also worked for various contractors  on the Hanford Project at times.

    Brother Dainty retired in June of 1993 and moved to Oklahoma to be closer to his family.

    JENS OLSEN   1918 - 2016

    Local 112’s oldest member, Brother Jens Olsen, passed away on   February 15, 2016 at the age of 97.  He was a 64 year member, having been initiated into the IBEW by Local 112 in 1952.  During his 30 year career, he worked mainly for two contractors in the Walla Walla area, Woodard Brothers & Gage Electric,  before retiring in 1983.   At that time, he moved to the Vancouver area to be near family.

    Brother Olsen was instrumental in starting the IBEW Local Union 112 Federal Credit Union and was the Credit Union’s  first President. 

    CLARENCE "SONNY" SHAFFER

    Brother Clarence “Sonny” Shaffer passed away on February 26, 2015 at the age of 93.   He was initiated into Local 112 in April, 1949 and was working for Hanford Operations, which was in the maintenance industry.   He took a traveling card  to Local 984 and worked maintenance  until returning to Local 112 in 1977.   He worked construction from that time until 1984 and  officially retired in 1987.  Brother Shaffer was a 66 year member of the IBEW .

    WILLIAM L. SMITH

    Brother Bill Smith passed away on November 26, 2014 at the age of 87.  Bill was initiated into the IBEW by Local 112 in 1949  as a Journeyman Wireman and was a 65 year member of the IBEW.  Prior to joining the IBEW, Bill received training as an electrician while in the Coast Guard, which he joined at the age of 15 after lying about his age !!

    He worked on various jobs including the dams and the      Hanford Project until he left  construction in 1955.   Brother Smith returned to the trade in 1966 and worked on the       Hanford Project for many years for several different  contractors until his retirement in 1989. 

    He has lived in Cheney, Washington since his retirement.

    GEORGE R. ELGIN

     Brother George R. Elgin passed away on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the age of 90.  Brother Elgin was a 72 year member of the IBEW, having been initiated into Local 73 in July, 1942.

    George began working out of Local 112 in 1950 and worked on the Hanford Project. He deposited his Traveling Card into Local 112 in 1965  and was elected Business Manager &          Financial Secretary in 1971.  He was the longest serving    Business Manager in the history of Local 112,    being elected by the membership for six terms, serving 18 years in that     position.    During that time, George was very highly respected among his peers and the IBEW International,  serving on many local and state committees. He  had a large role in making    Local 112 what it is today.

    The Elgin family is a five generation  IBEW family.  Paul    Elgin, George’s dad, was a Local 112 wireman and his son, Skip, grandson Buster and great-grandson, J. J., are all   Local 112 members.

    Brother George retired in 1989 and enjoyed a 25 year retirement.  He was pre-deceased by his wife, Betty.

    Services are on Thursday, September 4th at 2:00 p.m. at Mueller's on Union Street in Kennewick.

    JOHN R. MYERS

    Brother John R. Myers passed away on Monday, August 25th at the age of 64   after a courageous battle with cancer.  John was initiated into the Local 112 as an apprentice wireman in 1975 and completed the four year apprenticeship  program.  He worked for various               contractors until opening his own shop, Electro Service, in 1985.   John operated his shop until 2012, at which time he went to work for Sun River Electric as an estimator, before retiring in April, 2013. 

    John was a 39 year member of the IBEW and comes from a family of IBEW      wireman.  His father, Dwight, is a retired member and      brothers Ron & Bob are past members of Local 112.

    CALVIN A. SCHUBERT

    1926—2014

    Brother Calvin A. Schubert passed away on  Monday, August 4th at the age of 88.   Brother Schubert began working out of Local 112 in 1953 and was initiated into this Local in June, 1954 as  a Journeyman Wireman and received his 60 year pin from the IBEW .  He worked most of his career on the Hanford Project before retiring in 1988.  A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, August 16th at the home of his daughter, Rae.

    Dennis L. Dallas  1957 - 2014

    Brother Dennis L. Dallas  passed away on Saturday, May 3rd, two weeks before his 57th birthday, after being diagnosed with an extremely aggressive cancer in January of this year.

    Dennis completed the apprenticeship  program through Local Union 112 in 1982.  He left the trade for a few years and was re-initiated into #112 in 2006 and worked for Sun River until November, 2012.  At that time, he went to work for Apollo and  worked in various countries overseas, with his most recent job being in Korea. 

    MARVIN E. POWELL 1919 - 2014

    Brother Marin E. Powell passed away on February 18, 2014 at the age of 94.   Brother Powell  was initiated  on September  9, 1946 by Local Union #73, making him a 67 year He began working out of Local 112 in 1947 and deposited his Traveling Card into Local 112 later in that year. 

    He lived in Walla Walla and worked for various shops in Walla Walla and the Hermiston & Pendleton areas during the majority of his career before retiring in 1981. 

    JACK E. FLEMING 1930 - 2013

    Brother Jack E. Fleming  died on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at the age of 84.  Brother Fleming  had continuous membership in the IBEW since 1966 , when he was initiated as a  Journeyman Wireman .  Jack worked the majority of his career on the Hanford Project, but also spent time working on the Lower Granite and Little Goose Dams on the  Snake River in the 1970’s. 

    Brother Fleming was a 47 year member of the IBEW and retired in 1992. He is survived by his wife, Florence and his sons, Jim and John Fleming, who are   members of IBEW Local 112 also, along with his grandson, Josh Gooler,  and son-in-law, Gary Gooler. A memorial Mass will be held at the Holy Family Catholic Churchon Friday, December 20th at 10:30 a.m.

    GEORGE GOULET  1936 - 2013

    Brother George M. Goulet passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the age of 77.  Brother Goulet was initiated into Local 112 in May, 1966 as an apprentice wireman and  completed the four year inside program. He became a Journeyman Wireman in 1969 and was a 47 year IBEW member.

    George worked for many contractors throughout his IBEW career, working for the small contractors in the shops and on the Hanford site as well.  He was a contractor in 1986 & 1987 and owned Restaurant Supply and Service Co.. He returned to the tools for a few years after closing his shop before retiring in 1995. 

    Frank Gresser 1930 - 2013

    Brother Frank B. Gresser  died Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the age of 83.  Brother Gresser was initiated into  the IBEW by  Local Union 714 in North Dakota in 1959 .  He began working out of Local 112 in 1971 and deposited his Traveling Card into Local 112 in 1975.

    During his career, Brother Gresser worked for many contractors on both commercial and industrial projects .  He also  traveled to California in the eighties when work was slow in Local Union 112’s jurisdiction.    Brother Gresser retired in 1993.

    David E. Johnson 1928 - 2013

    Brother David E. Johnson passed away on Friday, November 8, 2013 at the age of 85.  Brother Johnson was a 60 year member of the IBEW, having been initiated into Local 659 in 1953.  He began working out of Local 112 in 1960 and deposited his traveling card into this Local Union in 1969.   In his early years working out of Local 112, Brother Johnson worked for a few shops but worked the majority of his career on the Hanford Project, mainly for Empire Electric.  He retired in 1990 and moved to Priest River, Idaho.

    Cordell "Larry" Birge 1921 - 2013

    Brother Cordell “Larry” Birge passed away on September 21, 2013 at the age of 92.  Larry was initiated into the IBEW by Local Union 73 in 1943 and began working out of Local 112 in 1948. 

    His Traveling Card was accepted by Local 112 in 1949. Brother Birge worked for a variety of contractors on many different projects including the Hanford Area and commercial projects.   He was a superintendent on the Hanford site from 1973 to 1979, at which time he went back to work as a Journeyman Wireman.  He last worked at the Hanford #1 & #4 sites before retiring in 1983.     

    Brother Birge was a 70 year member of the IBEW.

    PAUL GAUSE  1929 - 2013

    Brother Paul Gause passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the age of 84.  Brother Gause was initiated into Local 112 in 1952 as an apprentice wireman and completed the four year     apprenticeship program through this Local Union. 

    Paul lived in the Yakima area and worked on several projects in the Yakima and Lower Valley areas during his career.   He spent the last ten years of his career with Empire Electric on the      Hanford Project  before suffering a stroke in 1986, at which time he went on disability pension.   

    He received his 60 year pin  in 2012.

    Leonard "Rope" McClanahan  1931-2013

    Brother Leonard McClanahan " Rope" passed away on July 30, 2013 at the age of 82.  Rope was initiated into Local 112 as an apprentice wireman in 1956 and completed the four year apprenticeship program through this Local Union. He was a 57 year IBEW member.

    He worked the majority of his career on the Hanford Project spending many years with Empire Electric and Lord Electric.  He served as a job steward and was also a member of the Executive Board during his career.

    TED DAVIS  1958- 2013

    Brother Ted Davis passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at the age of 55 after a short battle with cancer.  He was initiated into Local 112 as a Journeyman Wireman  in August, 2011 and was dispatched to Sierra Electric shortly thereafter, where he was employed at the time of his death.  His son, Bryon, is also a member of Local 112.

    ROBERT R. BROWN

    Brother Robert R. Brown passed away  on June 27, 2013 at the age of  88.  He was initiated into the IBEW in 1952 by Local 112  as a Journeyman Wireman  and was a  61 year member.

    Robert lived in  Yakima and worked many years for  various shops in that area.  He also worked several years on the Hanford Project for several different contractors  before retiring in 1988.  

     





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