Dennis Ward Cromwell, 69, of Yakima, and a former longtime Grandview and Republic resident went to be with his Heavenly Father, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Yakima.
He was born Dec. 4, 1947, in Longview, the son of Grace Mae (De
Bock) and Ward Fremont Cromwell.
Dennis graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1967. He then went to work for Boeing as an aircraft parts painter for one year.
In 1968, he was drafted into the United States Army, serving in Korea.
Following his military discharge, he married Dee Hawthorne and returned to work at Boeing for one year before moving to Republic. There he worked as a mechanic with his father at Cromwell’s Automotive for one year.
In 1973, Dennis moved to Sunnyside, where he worked for North Rupp Seed Company for a short time.
In 1974, he returned to Republic where he worked as a mechanic for the Sand Poil Lumber Company for nine years.
In 1983, Dennis went to work for the city of Sunnyside as supervising mechanic, until his retirement in 2004, when the family moved to Goldendale.
During this time, he married his childhood sweetheart, Oneta Layman, Nov. 11, 1994.
Dennis served as a volunteer firefighter for several cities; Outlook, for three years, Republic for nine years. It was in Republic where he received the Fireman of the Year Award in 1978.
He loved cars, especially Mopars.
From the time he was five years old, he was going to junkyards with his dad.
Dennis restored many old cars, trucks and tractors. He was always bringing home an old car and restoring it. One of his restored cars was a 1970 Charger that went to Sweden. In 2006, he completely restored his 1936 Plymouth, “Betsy”, that he had since 1964.
Dennis drove his race car on the Eagle Track in Republic from 1977 to 1983, winning many trophies, including Season Championship. Dennis also loved motorcycles and owned and rode several.
He and Oneta loved to travel in their RV, seeing all 50 states, Canada and Mexico.
He was an Eagle member and life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3482.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Oneta Cromwell of Yakima; mother, Grace Cromell; and son, Dennis “D.J.” Cromwell (Sara) all of Republic.; son, Tony Cromwell (Christine) of Prosser; and daughter, Dina Armstrong (Jamison) of Sunnyside; step-son, Jeff Kehoe; and step daughter, April Morrow. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; six brothers, Bill, Ward “Frankie”, Monte, Glenn, Brett and Kim; six sisters, Connie, Barbara “Bobbie”, Adele, Diane, Laura and Dawn.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ward Cromwell and son-in-law, Daniel Hopper.
Viewing and visitation will be held from Noon – 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11, and at 8:30 a.m.- noon, Monday, Dec. 12, at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be at noon, Monday, Dec. 12, at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside.
Those wishing to sign Dennis’s online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com.
Smith Funeral Homes is in care of arrangements.