OBITUARY: Walter Charles 'Butch' Broncheau Sr.

OBITUARY: Walter Charles 'Butch' Broncheau Sr.

RICHLAND, Wash. - Walter Charles "Butch" Broncheau (Tuwishtukwaytat), 67, of Pendleton died Friday, June 25, 2010, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash. Memorial services will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday July 1 at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton. Graveside inurnment services will follow at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton, with a dinner at the Agency Longhouse in Mission to follow. A luncheon and memorial gathering also will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 2 at the Eagles Lodge in Pendleton.

Mr. Broncheau was born Jan. 13, 1943, in Madras to Daniel Broncheau and Julia Johnley-Broncheau, one of nine children. In his younger years he was the leader in team dancing and won many awards competing at tribal pow wows.

He married Lois McFarland in 1961. He and Delcie Parr were married in 1989 at Tollgate, and renewed their vows every five years.

He began his work career driving harvest truck for Purchase Ranch. He worked ten years at the Umatilla Trailer Factory, for 30 years as a foreman at U.S.G. Wood Fiber of Pilot Rock and in surveillance for six years at Wildhorse Casino. 

Mr. Broncheau is survived by his wife Delcie of Pendleton; sister Myrna Strong of Pendleton; daughters Julia Hopkins of Woodburn, V. Susie Pickernell of Oakville, Wash., Melinda Broncheau and Tonia Smith, both of Pendleton, and Jennifer Holte of Shelton, Wash.; sons Malvin Jamison, Walter Broncheau Jr. and Jamie Jay, all of Pendleton; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by seven siblings, and daughter Arlene Broncheau.

Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the online guestbook at

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