Jim and Sue (Wilkinson) McCorkindale were married on November 29th, 1969 in Yakima, Washington. The couple both grew up in the Cowiche and Naches Heights area. They met at Highland High School and began dating after Jim returned from serving for two years in the Vietnam War. They had an intimate ceremony with Tommy Williams and Barbara Tate as their witnesses. The newlyweds then honeymooned in San Francisco and Anaheim, California.
After Jim’s service in the U.S. Army Reserves, he worked in sales for Kraft Foods, as a field man for Tree Top Inc. and as a fruit broker for Hartman Sales until starting his own fruit brokerage and procurement business in 1992.
Sue worked for Strand Apples in Cowiche, Washington for 25 years, ran the couple’s apple orchard and home in Naches Heights and then worked with her husband to build their business. Jim and Sue sold their home, business and orchard in 2018 and now live in the Scenic View area of Yakima, Washington and are enjoying retirement.
They love to travel and spend some of the winter months on the Big Island of Hawaii in Kona each year. Jim enjoys golfing, boating and fishing. Sue loves reading, spending time with her children and grandchildren and helping care for her mother and sister-in-law.
The couple has three children: Troy (Rian) Dixon, Ian (Essie) McCorkindale and Heather (Rodney) Ivarsen, all of whom live in the Yakima Valley. They have nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The couple celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a trip to Nevada. They will celebrate with family and friends on November 30th with a reception hosted by their three children and spouses.