|Birth: ||Nov. 7, 1947|
|Death: ||Mar. 28, 2007|
Richard Aleck "Xumtowyakin" Sohappy
Colonial Funeral Home
WAPATO - Richard Aleck Sohappy "Xumtowyakin" (59) of Medicine Valley died Wednesday at the home of his brother outside of Wapato surrounded by his loving family and friends.
He was born on November 7, 1947 to Aleck and Clara (Satanus) Sohappy in Nespelem. Richard attended schools in Harrah and White Swan, graduating in 1965. He served his country in Vietnam in the Army serving two tours. Richard volunteered for a third duty but was sent home due to injuries sustained while in Vietnam. He was a member of the 101st Airborne and Long Range Recon Patrol in Vietnam. His medals received were Combat Infantry Badge, Airborne Parachute Badge, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, W/V/Device, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/device 1960.
He was a member of the 7-drum religion, Yakama Nation, Yakama Warriors Veterans Assn. He enjoyed fishing the Columbia, hunting, camping w/ grandkids, watching his nieces and nephews in sports. He played baseball & basketball with the Harrah Spurs.
He made his living as a commercial fisherman and various logging jobs. He was also a hunter and fisherman for the Toppenish Creek Longhouse.
After returning from the service he met Marla Jefferson and they had three children. In later years he met Rosalie Tulee and helped raise her two children.
He is survived by three daughters, Sheila Sohappy of Wapato, Roma (Nolan) Sohappy of Yakima, Lydia Pete-Brisbois of White Swan; two sons, Richard (Diane) Sohappy, Jr. of Grande Ronde, OR and Cyr Joshua Pete of Wapato; three brothers, Timothy and Jeffrey Sohappy both of White Swan, Donald Sohappy of Toppenish; four sisters, Marilyn (Steve) Goudy, Cynthia Old Person, and Ida (Doug) Ike all of White Swan, and Katherine (Tony) Fiander of Harrah; and fifteen grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews; special best friends, Betty Gould and Oliver Meninick; special cousins, Sandi and Adrienne Speedis.
Dressing services will be held at the Toppenish Creek Longhouse in White Swan at 10:00 AM on Thursday, March 29, 2007. Overnight services will be Thursday and Friday evenings. Funeral services with full military honors will be held at sunrise on Saturday, March 31, 2007 at Toppenish Creek Cemetery in White Swan.
Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Toppenish Creek Cemetery
Created by: Gare Kunert Allen
Record added: Mar 31, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18698427