Hollis O. Burrough, 88, of Yakima passed peacefully from this life on Friday, June 29, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Hollis was born on December 25, 1929 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He met and then married Anita Hale in Greenville, Arkansas on April 10, 1952 which was the beginning of a love affair that lasted over 66 years.
Hollis was a jack of all trades and master of all. He began his professional life as a dental technician in his father’s dental lab. He joined the Navy in 1948, spending five years as a hospital corpsman and dental technician. He later became a welder, welding parts for the Apollo space program, becoming widely known as one of the top welders in the U.S. For a time, he owned and operated a refrigeration business. He was also a highly skilled licensed electrician, retiring from WV school district.
Hollis was loved, admired and respected by many, especially his family. He was often referred to as the smartest man they ever knew. He will be greatly missed, but will live on in the hearts of his family and friends.
Hollis loved music. He played saxophone in school and loved to dance with his wife, often clearing the dance floor so that everyone could watch them jitterbug.
Hollis is survived by his loving wife Anita Burrough of Yakima, two sons, Carson (and Cea) Burrough of Auburn and Jesse (and Cheryl) Burrough of Yakima, two daughters, Kathy (and Lewis) Green of Yakima and Janet St. Mary (and Steve Cobb) also of Yakima, five grandchildren, Jeremy Green of Deer Park, Erik Burrough of Auburn, Kelsie Crider of Yakima, Hollie Shanebrook of Federal Way and Brayden Burrough of Yakima, numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, all of whom were much loved by Hollis.
There will be a memorial service at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2506 W. Mead Ave., Yakima, WA 98902 on Saturday, July 7th at 7 PM.