Keith & Keith Funeral Home

YAKIMA - James L Gonderman went home to be with his Lord on December 9, 2012. He was born to William and Elsie Gonderman on August 29, 1911 in Lamont, Washington. He was 101 years young.

“Jim” had many passions in life and always wanted to know “What are we going to do today?” He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII and the love of flying stayed with him throughout his life. He had a dear spot in his heart for the Union Gospel Mission and served as the secretary for the board of directors for many years. He saved all of the minutes from the meetings and wrote a book, “Hope for the Hopeless,” which was published in 2006. He was also a member of Ahtanum Pioneer Church and Christian Businessmen’s Committee. He had many different jobs during his lifetime the last one being the Regional Manager for Premera Blue Cross in Yakima.

His love of the Lord was his greatest passion and second to that was his love of family.

We had the privilege to share a celebration of his life on his 100th birthday in August of 2011. It was a day his family will not forget.

James is survived by his wife, Betty Gonderman, his daughter, Linda (Dennis) Waits of Ellensburg, son, David Gonderman (Jennifer) of Pasco, daughters, Laurel Guinn and Carol J Loudon of Yakima a sister, Mildred Gibson of Portland, 3 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Gonderman and a sister, Wilma Abbotts.

A Memorial Service will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 15, 2012 at the Ahtanum Pioneer Church ( 8500 Ahtanum Road) Yakima, WA. To share a memory of James, visit

The family would like to thank the staff of Memorial Hospital Hospice and the Cottage in the Meadow for their tender care and concern. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Union Gospel Mission.