Dorothy and Dewayne Ash
Dorothy and Dewayne Ash, of Kennewick, were surprised with a combined birthday party for Dewayne’s 90th and their 70th wedding anniversary on Feb. 21 in Kennewick.
They were married Feb. 24, 1945 in Kennewick.
Dorothy graduated from Hover High School in 1945. She worked as a clerk in the Rationing Board in Kennewick and later had a Tri-City Herald paper route for several years. They moved to Seattle in 1952 where she was a meter maid for the city, then on to Stanwood in 1960 and in 1965 they moved to Adak, Alaska. She was employed as a clerk in civilian personnel and later for a fish and wildlife agency.
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Dewayne graduated from Hover High School in 1943. He worked as a firefighter for Big Pasco and General Electric at Hanford. After moving to Seattle, Dewayne worked for Boeing and Sand Point Naval Air Station as a fireman. In Adak he became fire chief of the Naval Air Station. He then accepted a job on the Alaskan pipeline and continued employment at the terminal in Valdez. He retired and left in 1990 and they moved to Kasilof, Alaska, where they continued to fish and enjoy Alaska.
They drove the Alaska-Canadian Highway every spring and fall from Kasilof to the Tri-Cities where they stayed during the winters. Because of health issues they finally had to give up the long drive and settled into their Kennewick home a year ago.
They have two children, Merle (Adele) Ash of Arlington and Beverley (Michael) Bingaman of Hermiston.
They have six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.