William (Bill) Zyph Sr. of Pendleton passed away March 6, 2018, at his home.
He was born November 5, 1949, in Sunnyside, Wash., to Ona and Ester Zyph. He was raised in Granger, Wash. In 1969, he entered the armed forces. He was stationed in Fort Lewis, then spent six months in Korea before returning home to his family.
He spent several years working for the U & I sugar plant in Toppenish, Wash. He moved with his family to Pendleton in 1976. He worked at Harris Pine Mills and later went to work for the Pendleton School District and retired there.
In 1996, he was elected Pendleton’s man of the year. He was president of Babe Ruth and Main Street Cowboys. For 40 years, he officiated football and basketball with the Blue Mountain Officials Association. He was a member of the Main Street Cowboys and volunteered during Round-Up and also bartended for various dinners.
Bill enjoyed helping others and teaching and coaching kids the game of basketball plus coaching his son’s Little League and Babe Ruth teams. He ran the concession stand for 30 years and was known as the best hamburger man around. He also enjoyed fishing.
Bill is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cleo Zyph of Pendleton; son William “Bill” (Ann) Zyph Jr.; daughter Paula (Brian) Hamilton of Pendleton; three grandchildren, Jessica Grove, Tyler Zyph and Caitlin Zyph; two great-grandchildren, Cabela Stevens and Brantley Grove; sisters Margaret Belton of Granger, Wash., and Shirley Newman of Mt. Lake Terrace, Wash.; and brothers Joe Zyph of Pendleton and Jack Zyph of Seattle, Wash. He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and seven sisters.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Vert Auditorium in Pendleton, with a potluck reception to follow at the Vert Club Room.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.pioneerchapel.com