Scottie Lumper, 26, who almost drowned in the family pool as a toddler, died Jan. 18. He was the son of Neal and Laura Lumper of Kennewick.
The accident happened in 1988. He had been comatose since, living first at home, later at the home of the late Phyllis Lawrence in Kennewick, and then at The Thompson Home in Pasco where he received exceptional care, according to the family.
His death came just 10 days short of what would have been his birthday.
On Wednesday, Scottie Lumper's immediate family gathered to remember him.
"Now we are reminded of both sad memories following Scottie's accident and the many people, including friends, volunteers, pastors, doctors and many more who surrounded us with love and cared for our son, brother and our family through tremendously difficult times," the family said in a statement.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Amity Lumper and Derek Low of Seattle, Tamara and Scott Barcus of Kennewick, brother Jonathan Lumper of Kennewick, his grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at The Living Room Community Church, 1409 S. Garfield St., Kennewick.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made on behalf of Scottie Lumper to The Arc of Tri-Cities, 1455 Fowler St., Richland. Or to REHEMA Ministries: In Step Children's Home, www.rehemainstep.com, 360-708-7342.
The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneral homes.com.
-- Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; firstname.lastname@example.org