PLYMOUTH, Wash. — Julian Villegas, longtime Irrigon resident, died on Oct. 10 at home in Plymouth, Wash., at the age of 55.

He was born on June 19, 1952 in Michoacan, Mexico to Jose and Margarita Rodriguez Villegas. He lived in Mexico until 1979 when he moved to Irrigon.

Julian married Rose Canzano on May 5, 1981 in Kennewick, Wash. He worked on several area farms and at Lamb Weston for three years before going to work for Cummingham Sheep. Julian had worked there for 18 years until his health no longer allowed him to work.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, his animals, and loved his family.

He is survived by his wife. Rose Villegas, Irrigon; mother, Margarita Villegas, Hermiston; stepsons, Jack Brasel, Madras, William Brasel, Irrigon, and Daniel Brasel, Walla Walla, Wash.; stepdaughters, Edythe Pederson, Winnemucca, Nev., Millie Simmons, Stanfield, and Rhonda Brasel, Boise, Idaho; brother, Gilberto Villegas, Hermiston; sisters, Celia Villegas, Mexico, and Juana Villegas, Hermiston; 15 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Julian was preceded in death by his father, and brother, Luis Villegas.

Rosary will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m., at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston.

Funeral will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m., at Burns Mortuary Chapel.

Burial will follow at the Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Irrigon.

Those who wish may make contributions in Julian's memory to a memorial fund in care of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston at P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, 97838. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.

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