Wally to his friends and PaPa to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren left a big hole in our hearts when he left us on October 7, 2016, at the age of 77. He was a kind, generous and loving man who could make a "mean" smoked turkey and a melt in your mouth carrot cake. A smart and creative man who could imagine, build, fix or restore just about anything. We are all saddened that he couldn't complete his dream project of restoring his 1939 Ford, a car he had owned since his teen years. Wally was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired from the Washington State DOT at the age of 48. He spent the rest of his life doing the things he loved best, from designing and building his home to racing sprint cars to RV'ing around the country, mapping his route by restaurants he wanted to try. Most mornings Wally could be found enjoying coffee with friends at The Stilly and Ellie's. His children and grandchildren benefited greatly from his patient teaching of everything from making blueberry crepes to cleaning a carburetor or pruning an apple tree. Many life lessons were learned during these teaching moments, such as: perseverance, ingenuity and patience. A gathering of friends and family took place on October 13, 2016, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Snohomish, Wash. Wally will be greatly missed by his wife, Mary Kay, family and friends. In memory of Wally, please take the time to enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend today.
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