Vincent A. Jussila, age 92, a resident of Wishram Heights, died Saturday, April 7, 2018. He was born on Oct. 10, 1925, in The Dalles, Ore., to Esther Yeackel Jussila and William Jussila of Centerville.
Vince was raised by his grandparents Fred and Iva Yeackel on their farm three miles south of Centerville. He attended school at Centerville until the 11th grade, 1942, when the high school was transferred to Goldendale. In 1942, Fred and Iva leased the ranch and they all moved to a house in Centerville, close to the church.
In Vince’s senior year, he asked the draft board if they were going to draft him since he turned 18 on Oct. 10. They said most likely yes, so Vince quit school his senior year. He was drafted in Jan. 1944. They sent him to Navy boot camp at Farragut, Idaho. He finished up in the rear seat of a Navy dive bomber as a radio, radar, and twin 30 caliber machine gun operator. He served from January 1944 to May 1946, ending up on the supercarrier Midway.
After discharge, he ran a two-man gas saw felling trees. He worked several other jobs, then went to work for Klickitat Pine Box Mill in Goldendale. He started working for the SP&S Railroad as a brakeman in July 1955. He retired from Burlington Northern Railroad in 1987.
Vince’s hobbies were fishing, hunting, and rock collecting. After retirement, he cut firewood for a pastime. In 1975, he had Adair Homes build him a house in Wishram Heights. He always had a black lab dog. He was a member of the White Salmon Elks Club.
Vince is survived by son Alan and wife Pam, grandsons Matthew and Tyler, and great-grandson Bryson of Goldendale; daughter Amy, husband Mike Warren, and great-grandson Victor of Spokane; sister Shirley Winofsky, Portland, Ore.; sister-in-law Donna Farrell, Scappoose, Ore.; brother-in-law Al Pugh, Scappoose, Ore.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by sister Charlene Pugh, Scappoose, brother Robert Farrell and wife Nellie Atkins Farrell of The Dalles, and brother Buster Farrell of Scappoose.
At Vince’s request, there will only by graveside services at Centerville Cemetery on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 1 p.m.
Memorials can be given to The Elk’s Kids Therapy program, Lodge 1868, PO Box 110760, Tacoma, Wash., 98411, or Home At Last Animal Shelter, The Dalles, Ore.
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