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Valley Hills Funeral Home

YAKIMA - My sweet husband Steven (Skip) Droles was born in Portland, Oregon on New Year’s Day, 1945. His mother was coming home to Yakima after receiving word that Skip’s dad (who was a Navy pilot) was missing after his plane crashed off of the Hawaii shores in the Pacific.

In 1968 Skip went on a blind date and met Judy Young. He romanced and married her in 1969 and lived in Gleed for 43 years. In 1972 they were blessed with a wonderful, sweet son, Matthew. Skip was so proud of what a wonderful young man Matt turned out to be.

Skip attended Yakima schools and graduated from Davis High School in 1963 where he was captain of the baseball team. He also coached Matt’s Little League team for a few years, and they won 1st place. He loved encouraging young kids to enjoy the sport and to be good sportsmen. He loved hunting and fishing, but I think he most enjoyed just being with his friends and taking nature pictures. He also taught gun safety classes with his good friend Gary Davenport. He loved nature and would report, almost daily, about how a mama and daddy eagle and their babies were doing that had a nest on top of a power pole that he passed every day going to work.

My husband was a man of honor, honest, a gentleman, polite, and appreciated life and nature.

Skip worked for several years for Coca Cola as a salesman, then at Kyle’s Gun Shack as range master. His current employer was Kwik Lok Corp. He cared so much for his friends there and thought of them as family.

Skip had a lot of health issues, but never complained and always had a positive attitude. He fought the good fight to the end. His final words were, “It’s been a good ride!” I would like to thank Memorial’s ICU for all the kindness that was given.

“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down your sleep will be sweet.” Proverbs 3:24

Skip is survived by his wife of 43 years, Judy Droles, son Matt Droles, our good friend Darlene Davenport, sisters Terry Kelch and Adele St. George, brother Loren St. George, nephews Dustin Kelch and Stephen Young, niece and husband Diana and Jim Blanchard, cousins Larry and Jerry Noble, sister-in-law and her husband Dolly and Ron Nehls. He was preceded in death by his mother Doris McCullough, father James Droles, grandparents Steve and Sena Landry, aunt and uncle Kenny and Jean Noble, cousin Jim Noble, mother- and father-in-law Neva and Ralph Young and brother-in-law Jim Young. Also by our cat family that Skip loved so much, JoeJoe, Chloe, Nigel and Newman. At Skip’s final request there will be no funeral, but if you were a friend, on this day, remember a pleasant memory of him. Thank you.

Online condolences can be made at www.valleyhillsfh.com.

God gave the wise men their knowledge, to the poets he gave their dreams. To father and mother their love for each other, but I was left out so it seemed. I went around brokenhearted, thinking life was an empty affair. But when God gave me you, it was then that I knew, he had given me more than my share. I’ll love you always Steven.