William Arnold Zyph

Born: Sat., Nov. 5, 1949
Died: Tue., Mar. 6, 2018

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Sat., Mar. 10, 2018
Location: Vert Auditorium

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William (Bill) Zyph Sr. of Pendleton, passed away March 6, 2018 at his home.  He was born November 5, 1949 in Sunnyside, Wash. to Ona and Ester Zyph.  He was raised in Granger, Wash. In 1969, he entered the armed forces.  He was stationed in Fort Lewis then spent 6 months in Korea before returning home to his family.  He spent several years working for the U & I sugar plant in Toppenish, Wash.  He moved with his family to Pendleton in 1976.  He worked at Harris Pine Mills and later went to work for the Pendleton School District and retired there.

In 1996, he was elected Pendleton’s man of the year.  He was president of Babe Ruth and Main Street Cowboys.  For 40 years, he officiated football and basketball with the Blue Mountain Officials Association.  He was a member of the Main Street Cowboys and volunteered during Round-Up and also bartended for various dinners.

Bill enjoyed helping others and teaching and coaching kids the game of basketball plus coaching his son’s Little League and Babe Ruth.  He ran the concession stand for 30 years and was known as the best hamburger man around.  He also enjoyed fishing.

Bill is survived by his wife of 50 years Cleo Zyph of Pendleton; son, William “Bill” (Ann) Zyph Jr.; daughter, Paula (Brian) Hamilton of Pendleton; three grandchildren, Jessica Grove, Tyler Zyph and Caitlin Zyph; two great-grandchildren, Cabela Stevens and Brantley Grove; sisters, Margaret Belton of Granger, Wash., Shirley Newman of Mt. Lake Terrace, Wash.; brothers, Joe Zyph of Pendleton, Jack Zyph of Seattle, Wash.  He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and seven sisters.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Vert Auditorium in Pendleton with a potluck reception to follow at the Vert Club Room.

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Paul and Katie Curtis
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
We send our love and deepest sympathy to all the Zyph family. Bill was truly a very special man....one of a kind. Always smiling is the way we remember him. He always made it feel like he was happy to see you and happy to be helping out whenever he was needed. He did so much to make our schools and our community better and his passing is a huge loss for everyone. Hold your special memories close to help you through this difficult time.

   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
My heart is breaking for everyone. All my love to all of you.

Sally and Dave Kosey
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Dear Zyph Family:

Our condolence goes out to each of you. We will truly miss our friend Bill, his smile and happy go lucky attitude. He use to make me laugh when he refered basketball games at Nixyaawii, and PHS. He was always coming up with something to say, running up and down the court. He did a lot for our community and our kids over the years, and I truly appreciate all he has done. Our prayers are with all of you.

Sally and Dave Kosey

Rob Waite
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Zyph family, my thoughts are with you all. Bill was a great man, who has influenced many people in his life, including me! He will be missed, but not forgotten. Rob

Jutta Haliewicz
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Bill was so kind, caring and funny...he will be missed by many. My thoughts are with you. Jutta

Tim and Karla Logozzo
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Uncle Bill Was an amazing man! We are so proud to call him our Uncle! Aunt Clea we are sending you our our love and prayers.

Judi Emerick
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Dearest family of Bill Zyph,
I am so sorry for your. Pendleton lost a wonderful man, a great leader. Bill did everything 100%. My greatest memories will be of him officiating at basketball games. He was a joy to watch

Anita Lewis
   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
Cleo and family: my sincerest condolences to you all. I have so enjoyed knowing and working with Bill over the years-always on sports, event officials, and helping young people be successful in athletics. He was bigger than life with a heart and soul that embraced so many in our community. He was a gem of a man. I will miss the "Zypher." His legacy will not be forgotten. I hope his well-lived life will bring you great comfort and many wonderful memories. Now Heaven has someone to organize the officials who preceded him! Rest easy friend, we will take it from here.

Roger and Gail Wilson
   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
Cleo and family,
Roger and I send our love, thoughts, and prayers your way. Bill was a great man and we are proud to have known and worked with him for our youth.

Rachelle Walchli
   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
Bill was my favorite referee! I coached for over 20 years and respected that man a lot. He could always make us laugh and was always fair. He will be greatly missed by many.

Kiesha Lankford
   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
So sorry for your loss Cleo❤️

Gayland Bledsoe
   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
RIP, you will be missed on the Football field and the Basketball court. You were one of the best referee's ever.

Dave & Shirley Newman
   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
Cleo, our thoughts, prayers and love go out to you. You know how much we love you and how much we loved Bill. We enjoyed many wonderful times with you two. Precious memories. RIP Bill. We will miss you. Dave & Shirley

Laurie Haggerty
   Posted Fri March 09, 2018
One of the greatest men to grace this earth! I am proud so proud to have called you Uncle you were one of a kind! Will miss you I love you Uncle Bill, your niece Laurie

Terri Johnson
   Posted Fri March 09, 2018

DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by Pendleton Cottage.

For the Zyph family, You are in our thoughts at this time, From Pendleton Cottage.

Carley Hibbert
   Posted Fri March 09, 2018
I was just thinking about Bill not that long ago. One day at school, I threw up in the hallway on my way to the bathroom. I was mortified and thought everyone would be so mad at me. Bill later came into the office and gently wiped the throw up off my shoes, reassuring me that it was no big deal. He was very kind about the whole thing. It was the biggest relief to shy quiet me. He really was one of the best things about Sherwood Elementary.

Dr. Jake and Cathy Cambier
   Posted Fri March 09, 2018
Cathy, Jake and all 4 kids who benefited from Bill’s big heart and good burgers send their love and condolences to Cleo, Bill and the family. His memory and good deeds live on in the hearts and souls of all Pendleton sports fans!

Donna Marie Biggerstaff
   Posted Fri March 09, 2018
Cleo, Billy, Paula, and family;
The memories created, shared and held dearly with your family are priceless, as is the friendship.
Bill meant the world to me. I'm very sorry for your loss but know he'd be totally ticked off if we all sat around whining about him ~ so let's celebrate the blessing of having him pick on, poke at and make fun of us as he loved everyone beyond ends! There's a great game being reffed in heaven I'm sure of it! Love you all xox

Frank and Donna Kinnaman
   Posted Fri March 09, 2018
Cleo and Family, our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Bill. He was a pillar in the community and so giving. We all have been blessed by knowing him. Our love to all of you!

Elaine Lambert
   Posted Sat March 10, 2018
I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to all of Bill’s family. For right now, there’s no detour around grief, no shortcut through mourning. However, 2 Cor.4:7 says that God can give us, “... power beyond what is normal “, to go from one day to the next. This does not mean that we no longer cry or that we forget. It means we recover. We recover because of our hope. Jesus Christ talked about our hope in John 5:28 which says, “... all those in the memorial tomb will hear his voice and come out “. Jesus was referring to the resurrection. This is our amazing hope! The Bible likens our hope to an anchor. Just like an anchor stabilizes a ship, our hope stabilizes us and keeps us from drowning in overwhelming sadness. 2 Cor.1:3 describes our Creator as, “... the God of all comfort “. One way that God comforts us is by moving people who care about us to give us words of encouragement that we need to hear. May the God of comfort be your comfort now, during this time of sorrow. For the Bible’s answers to life’s big questions please visit JW.org.

Rick Page
   Posted Sat March 10, 2018
Bill was a very nice guy and a good referee, our condolences to the family.

Larry Lehman
   Posted Sat March 10, 2018
What a wonderful man. So sorry he is no longer with us.

Melissa Follis Powers
   Posted Sat March 10, 2018
Sending love and positive thoughts to the Zyph family. Grateful that I got to know and be friends with such a great man. Love, Melissa Follis

tom weeks
   Posted Sat March 10, 2018
Cleo and family....you and our community have suffered a great loss. We share your sorrow and will always miss him....Tom Weeks

Jean O'Neill Albrich
   Posted Sun March 11, 2018
Bill was such a dedicated person to students in Pendleton. Kids and parents and even administrators like me loved that fellow. He was a jovial fellow that had a dedication to kids. Isn't that what we all wanted to have as educators? Zyph will always be remembered as the referree and hard worker for all of us who worked for PSD. God certainly will bless Bill as he enters heaven. '.remember the children' Thank you Bill for serving those youngsters..you did not foul out!! 🍀

Brad Garrett
   Posted Wed March 14, 2018
The entire OSAA staff is in agreement - Billy was one of the good ones and all of us in the office will miss his smile and positive attitude.

Being a Commissioner is not easy but Bill made it seem like it was. I know the members of Blue Mountain Football will miss his leadership and dedication.

Thanks for all the years of service - we will miss you.

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