Willard D. Showaway

Born: Wed., Jan. 9, 1929
Died: Fri., May 16, 2014

Dressing Ceremony

2:00 PM Mon., May 19, 2014
Location: Burns Mortuary

Recitation of the Rosary

6:00 PM Mon., May 19, 2014
Location: Agency Longhouse

Funeral Mass

9:00 AM Tue., May 20, 2014
Location: St. Andrew's Church


10:30 AM Tue., May 20, 2014
Location: Agency Cemetery

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Willard D. Showaway

January 9, 1929 – May 16, 2014


Willard D. Showaway – longtime Pendleton resident passed away Friday morning, May 16, 2014, at a Pendleton care facility.  He was 85 years old.

Dressing Ceremony will be held Monday, May 19, 2014, at 2:00 PM at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.  Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held Monday evening at 6:00 PM at Agency Longhouse, with Washat Service to follow at 7:00 PM.  Final Seven will begin at Agency Longhouse Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 7:00 AM.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM at St. Andrew’s Mission with burial to follow at Agency Cemetery.  Sign the online guest book at www.burnsmortuary.com  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements. 

He was born to Tom Dominic Showaway  & Louise Billy at Pendleton.  He was raised on the Umatilla Reservation.  He was educated Pendleton and Chemawa Indian School and graduated June 1948 in Pendleton.  He was the eldest of four other siblings.  The grandson of Chief Paul Showaway of the Cayuse and Chief Jim Billy of the Umatillas. 

He joined U.S. Army in 1949 to mop up in Germany.  After his discharge he re-upped to the Korean Conflict in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1953 as a medic.  After his career in the armed service he then went to college in Klamath Falls and received a degree in Carpentry at Oregon Technical Institute.  He married Unadell Smith on April 15, 1982, in Pendleton.  They just celebrated thirty-two of years of marriage.  He worked many years on UPRR from Arlington to Dixie, Oregon.  He loved hitting the Pow Wow Trail throughout the west.  He also liked fishing on a scaffold at Celilo and Klikitat Rivers all his life.  He is a life member of the American Legion George St. Denis Post 140 in Mission, where he held all positions with his comrades.  He was also a life member of the VFW Let’er Buck Post 922 in Pendleton.

He is survived by his wife Unadell at his home, two sisters Leona Smartlowit of Toppenish, WA, and Betsy Hart of Pendleton, he left one son in Germany who cannot be located, his stepchildren; Steven Frank of Fallon, Nevada, Rae Lynn Allstott and Karen Malcolm, both of Pendleton, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother & father, his brother James and sister Martha.  

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