Truman Lael Dissmore
August 6, 1943 ~ May 11, 2014
Truman Lael Dissmore, 70, passed away at home on Sunday, May 11, 2014, surrounded by his wife, three of his four daughters, four of his grandkids, and his nephew. He was born August 6, 1943, in Wenatchee, WA to Lael and Stella Dissmore. He graduated from Ramona High School in Riverside, CA in 1961. He married Ruth Ann Barnard on June 4, 1977, aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. At age 34, after earning three trade apprenticeships in Southern California, Truman and his wife, Ruth Ann, returned to Wenatchee and he went to work for his father. Truman was the second generation of Dissmores to wire homes and buildings in the Wenatchee Valley. His father, Lael, owned Dissmore Electric for more than 20 years. Truman eventually earned his electrical apprenticeship and stayed at Dissmore Electric for four years, before leaving to work at Wells and Wade. In 1987, he decided to open his own business. He knew enough people and figured why not go into business for himself. His dad had just retired and asked him if he was serious, so he did the bidding and Truman did the work and ran the crews. In 1989, Truman and his wife worked out of their home in East Wenatchee, renaming the business Dissmore Electric East to differentiate it from Dissmore Electric. Truman was very particular about the quality of work he delivered. He was often told he was “too picky”. He always wanted the plugs square and all the screws lined up vertically or horizontally on the outlet plates. That was one of his trademarks.
Truman is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann; his children, Michele and Anthony Rivituso of Huntington Beach, CA, Tracy Romines of Norwalk, CA, Kristi and Buddy Haskins of Lacey, WA, and Janine and Brandon West of Las Vegas, NV; his father, Lael Dissmore of Wenatchee, WA; and one sister, Marian Biles of Central Point, OR. Another delight in our life was during Kristi’s junior year, we had a foreign exchange student from Brazil, Thais Lobo, who is as close as our other daughters - she enjoyed having four sisters - we love her and miss her and appreciate anytime she can come to see us! Truman was preceded in death by his mother, Stella Dissmore in 2006. He was Poppa or Grandpa to eight grandchildren, Amanda, Alyssa, Sarah, Jordyn, Aubrey, Noah, Elisabeth and Ryan; and two great-grandsons, Christopher and Travis, all of which were the delight of his life. He also leaves his faithful companion, Lucy; and best friend, Lynn Dronen. He also has several nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, aunts and a multitude of friends.
In the summer of 2005, Truman and his wife, along with their oldest daughter, Kristi, husband, Buddy and their four children moved to Honolulu, HI, where Janine graduated from Hawaii Pacific University. They lived there for five years, moving back to Wenatchee in 2010, after he became ill.
Truman touched many lives, always had a smile and loved to talk - he never met a stranger that he didn’t chat with. He loved people, and was always there to help out wherever he was needed. He loved the Seahawks, the Mariners, drag racing and enjoyed Classy Chassis, along with the car show. He loved to sing and played the piano for many years.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Truman’s Life will be held at Living Hope Community Church, 11 N. Chelan in Wenatchee, WA on Monday, June 9, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, due to medical costs, donations may be made to GoFundMe.com in Truman’s memory and the Truman Dissmore Memorial Fund at any Cashmere Valley Bank. Arrangements are in the care of Telford’s Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee.