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Weldon Lee Gorham
09/10/1940 — 08/27/2022
From Benton City, WA | Born in Baker City, OR
Weldon Lee Gorham
Weldon Lee Gorham, 81, died August 27, 2022, after a short battle with cancer. Weldon was born September 10, 1940, in Baker City, OR and grew up in Summerville. He served in the U.S. Navy from ’58 – ’61 where he travelled to various countries during this time.
After serving his country, Weldon moved back to Oregon where he met the love of his life Janet. After a few short months of courtship, they were engaged and married on December 14, 1963, where they were able to celebrate 58 years together. The following year in 1964, they moved to Yakima, WA so he could begin his studies at Perry Technical Institute and graduated in September 1966 in Machine Technology.
He and Janet settled in Richland, WA and began a family that included his two daughters Kristi and Linda. Weldon worked in private industry before going into business for himself at G&M Machine where he had a very long and successful career in specialty machine work.
Weldon was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. His love for hunting took him all over (New Zealand and South Africa) to name a few. He also enjoyed many camping trips/outings with family and friends. After his daughters were grown and had children of their own was when he truly was able to enjoy being a Grandad to his four grandchildren. When he wasn’t out on the golf course, you could find him at one of their various sporting events, on a trail ride with his mules, or puttering around on their property.
Weldon is survived by his wife Janet; daughters Kristi (Jim) and Linda (Terry); grandchildren Brittney (Andrew), Derrick (Amanda), Sheldon, and Paige; great grandchild Camryn; brothers Merrill (Kathy) and Mark (Leslie); sister-in-laws Judy and Tanja; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father Orvan; mother Dorothy; and brothers Darrell and Wayne.
Weldon requested no service and in lieu of flowers to please donate to the Chaplaincy Health Care (1480 Fowler Street, Richland, WA 99352).
Weldon and Janet at G&M were fixtures over the 40 years. Great friends great all the years and many projects. He was a great friend.
I just found out about Weldon’s passing today.
I had the pleasure of with both him and Janet for many years.
What an awesome person with such high integrity and the ability to get the job done on time and with great quality.
I am very sorry about his passing and he will be missed.
Weldon was a wonderful person, I worked for MCE and I interfaced with him quite often. He always had a smile on is face and was a enjoy to be around and work with. I’ve lived off Rupert road since 1981 (Zwicker road) and have gone by Weldon’s place a thousands of times in the past serval years. He was always one of my favorite persons to work with and be around. Rest in Piece my friend.
Janet and Family
Lynn and I were very sad to learn of Weldons Passing. Although this is a very difficult time for you all the memory of past times in Weldons life I am sure brings some comfort.
Our friendship goes back to the times at JM Perry, Western Sintering, and Douglas Labs. Weldon was an absolutely great person to know and work with. He aways had a positive outlook and was just fun to be around.
Janet, Lynn and I were lucky to have you guys to hang out in those early years. We will aways remember those good times.
Gene and Lynn Hess
Happy 82nd Birthday in Heaven today Weldon. I miss you terribly and wish you were still with us, Love You♥️♥️♥️♥️
Great friend and great golfing partner
Will be greatly missed