Charles Lawrence Theno, 1922-1996.
A gathering of family and friends met the afternoon of Apr. 14 to remember Charles "Bud" Theno, 73, who died Apr. 7 at Providence Hospital in Everett. At his request, no services were held.
Mr. Theno, born June 27, 1922, in Mt. Vernon, Wa., was a local dairy farmer who, with his parents and wife, founded Theno's Dairy in 1944, where he worked until his retirement in 1991.
Long an area landmark on the Woodinville-Redmond Road, Theno's is still easily identified by the fiberglass replica of a Holstein cow located in front of the store. That cow became a good example of Mr. Theno's humor. In 1979, prior to that year's UW-WSU football game, the Holstein was stolen from the roof of the store by a group of unidentified UW fraternity members, who displayed it at the game to remind the Cougars of their "Moo-U" background.
After the cow was returned to Theno's, the Woodinville Weekly reported that Mr. Theno shrugged the incident off as a harmless prank and was "happy the Husky fans were able to keep the cow in their pasture, or else it might have been rustled to Pullman to serve as mascot." But, in jest, Mr. Theno warned anyone who might be tempted to steal the cow in the future, "They shoot cattle rustlers in this state."
Following his retirement, Mr. Theno and his wife Corinne moved to Woodinville to live closer to their daughter, Sandy. The couple also enjoyed their many trips and family gatherings.
Mr. Theno is survived by Corinne, his wife of 51 years; daughter Sandy and her husband Ron Hodge; brother James Theno and his wife Roxanna; and two grandsons, Brad and Chris.
The family suggests remembrances may be made to Stevens Medic Eight, P.O. Box 366, Stevens, WA 98258, or a charity of the donor's choice.