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In Memory Of

Andris (Andy) Kleinhofs

Andris (Andy) Kleinhofs was born December 25, 1937 in Dobele, a village in the small country of Latvia. His wife, Jolanta, who he would later meet as an adult in the United States, coincidentally was born in the same village four years after him.

As children, they separately traveled similar refugee paths during the World War II and grew up in Displaced Person camps in Europe before emigrating to the US with their families. Andy’s family settled in Clearwater, OK, and after earning his Bachelor of Science at the University of Nebraska, he entered the U.S. Army where he served four years until September 1962, rising to the rank of Captain.

Andy went on to obtain his PhD, also from the University of Nebraska, and it is there he met his wife at a youth swimming party.  Andy said they were “destined for each other”. They fell in love and were married June 4, 1965, and had two daughters, Laura, and Anita.

After Andy obtained his PhD, the family arrived in Pullman in 1967, where he began his 43-year career at Washington State University (WSU) teaching and conducting research in basic plant science and molecular genetics of barley. During his time there he published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals and was widely recognized as an international leader in plant science and molecular genetics. He spent time in research labs during sabbaticals in Mol, Belgium; Canberra, Australia; Cambridge, England; and As, Norway. His love of travel and passion for finding the best fishing took him to many additional countries including Japan, Jordan, China, New Zealand, and many countries in Europe.

Andy was a generous and supportive father and husband, who also enjoyed camping and mushrooming in the northwest region, as well as many trips to Hawaii with the family.

Andy was diagnosed with cancer in November of 2020 and his last months were spent with visits from former colleagues, students, friends, and family. He was fortunate enough to celebrate his 84th birthday last Christmas, and died peacefully at his home on May 9th, surrounded by his children and after a phone call with his older sister, Parsla Pruitt. He is survived by his daughters Laura Kleinhofs (with husband Andrew Mattice) and Anita Neill, and grandchildren Aija and Andrei Mattice.

Andy was preceded in death by his wife, Jolanta, his parents, a brother John Kleinhofs and a son-in-law Mark Neill.  Andy will be laid to rest at the Pullman Cemetery Saturday May 28th at 10:30 am and those who would like to attend virtually may do so by livestream at the following link,   Corbeill (formerly Kimball) Funeral Home of Pullman, WA has been entrusted with arrangements.  Memorial donations are suggested to the World Wildlife Foundation or to the CAHNRS department of WSU.

Steven Edward Ullrich

Steve Ullrich holding a fish.Steven E. “Steve” Ullrich quietly passed away from complications of cancer Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in his beloved home on Paradise Ridge outside of Moscow; he was beside his wife, Mary, and accompanied by long time friend Dave Port when he finally rested.

Steve was born Feb. 25, 1946, in Beloit, Wis. He attended The University of Michigan, where he was a member of the Les Voyageurs, an outdoor enthusiast society, and where he met his wife, Mary. Mary and Steve were married in 1968 and their first home was on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan, where he worked as a wildlife biologist. Mary’s dream was to join the Peace Corps, and they next joined together, and spent two years teaching in Malawi and Ghana. Long afterward, they entertained friends and family with slide shows of their adventures in Africa.

After leaving the Peace Corps, Steve and Mary moved to Moscow to pursue graduate studies at the University of Idaho and fell in love with the west in general and the Palouse in particular. Their son, Nate, was born in 1972 and there are still pictures of the young couple escaping a flood in married student housing with a baby on the way and a cat (stowed in a hip wader) in a canoe. After graduating, Steve and Mary moved to Appleton, Wis., but soon returned to the west, where Steve worked as a ranger at Yellowstone before starting his doctoral studies at Montana State University in Bozeman. While in Bozeman, their daughter, Sarah, was born in 1975. It was reported to be below zero at the time of her birth, and the attending doctor, Dr. Fox, arrived wearing cowboy boots.

Steve and Mary then returned to the Palouse and moved to Pullman, where Steve joined the faculty of Washington State University in the agronomy department. He headed the barley breeding program there, and cultivated relationships with local farmers and colleagues from around the world, working on crop development. He mentored many graduate students, and particularly enjoyed forwarding the careers of foreign graduate students from places far flung, including Africa, Turkey, Brazil and China. Steve and Mary opened their home to students far from home, often including them for Christmas dinner or other special events.

Steve was known for instilling academic integrity and scientific rigor in his students; as one former student put it, “I have never known anyone with such attention to detail.” His children can attest that he did not leave his attention to detail in his lab.

Steve’s faith was very important to him, and he served the Sacred Heart Catholic parish as a liturgical minister and ensured that the largest Christmas tree that would fit graced the church each holiday season. After moving to Moscow, Steve and Mary became active members of St. Mary’s Parish there. He expressed his faith in everyday life, generously supporting many causes benefiting disadvantaged humans and the care of the planet.

Steve had a love for nature and the outdoors. He was passionate about hiking, camping, fishing and cross-country skiing. He pursued outdoor activities alone, but especially loved sharing his love for the outdoors. He led family vacations and weekend outings in nature. He served as a Boy Scout leader. He dragged visiting family and friends from out of town on “death marches” so they could enjoy the beauty of North Idaho, always insisting on seeing what was around the next bend when everyone else was ready to turn around. He led nature hikes for youth summer programs, and became a Master Naturalist. He also served on the Whitman County Parks Board for several decades. Perhaps the pinnacle of sharing his love of the outdoors was when he helped foster a similar love in his grandchildren.

Steve also loved working outside and often was late to dinner or an outing because he was finishing one more thing in the yard. After their children finished college, Steve and Mary fulfilled a dream — purchasing land on Paradise Ridge outside of Moscow and building a new home. They created a forest-like oasis of vegetation on what was once a wheat field that stands out from the surroundings on Google Maps. He landscaped their home with hundreds of interesting rocks gathered from wherever he went. He sometimes returned from overseas with rocks tucked into his luggage, and could tell the origin and mineral composition of most of these rocks to anyone who would listen. In his last days, he convinced Mary to move three of his favorite yard rocks into the house so he could keep an eye on them.

Steve is survived by Mary, his wife of 53 years; his children, Sarah and Nate, and their spouses, Brian and Livi; grandchildren Gavin, Elise, Soren and Evan; and his sister, Linda, and her children, Michael and Pieter.

There will be a celebration of Steve’s life at 3 p.m. March 26 at the Ensminger Pavilion on the WSU campus.

Dr. Craig Franklin Morris

Dr. Craig Franklin Morris, of Pullman, passed away Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, at home at the age of 64 after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his loved ones.

Craig was born Sept. 18, 1957, in Winterset, Iowa, to George and Maxine (Shorb) Morris, where he spent his early life on the family farm. After graduating from Winterset High School, he attended Iowa State University, receiving his Bachelor of Science and later his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from Kansas State University. He moved to Pullman in 1987 for his postdoc at Washington State University, where he later would be made director of the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Western Wheat & Pulse Quality Laboratory (WW&PQL), a position he held for 32 years.

Craig led with humility, and often expressed his joy in collaborating and mentoring his employees and fellow scientists. He served as an adjunct professor at WSU, University of Idaho, and Colorado State University, an honorary research professor at the National Wheat Improvement Center, Crop Science Research Institute, and Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Additionally, Craig was a fellow of the Cereals & Grains Association (C&GA), editor-in-chief emeritus of cereal chemistry and was the president of C&GA. He was awarded five patents, the Thomas Burr Osborne Medal for recognition of his scientific achievements in the field of cereal chemistry and was widely published. His success was the result of his ardent curiosity and constant desire to expand his mind and the field of cereal chemistry.

Craig viewed life as a privilege and an adventure, often remarking how grateful he was for his work, friends and family. A devoted father and excellent craftsman, he built his daughters tree houses, sandboxes, swings and many other projects that brought his family joy. There was never a problem or broken item that he could not fix through application of the scientific method and his inventive mind. He loved nothing more than spending a day on the water with his loving partner, Patricia, and her children, Lily and Max, in their little wooden boat. He was always ready for the next adventure, whether it be travels, a new project or spending time with his exceptional friends. Patient and kind, he always acted intentionally, in thoughtful consideration of others.

In addition to his wonderful friends and employees, Craig is survived by his daughters, Effy and Ana, and their mother, Kay; his partner, Patricia, and her children, Lily and Max; and his sister-in-law, Sally. He was preceded in death by his brother, Sterling Morris, and his parents, George and Maxine Morris.

Craig will be honored in a celebration of life Nov. 6 at Simpson Methodist Church in Pullman. A nondenominational service will take place from 10-10:30 a.m. followed by a reception from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Please note that masks and social distancing protocols are required to attend.

Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman is in charge of the arrangements.