Laurence Merrill Hile, Sr. Surrounded by family, Laurence Merrill Hile, Sr. passed away on July 19, 2014. Larry was born on January 22, 1926, the son of Armstrong and Hazel Hile, in Joliet, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sisters Marilyn Stein and Avril (Babe) Baker. He married Evelyn Zobel on August 1, 1951, and they had six children. He was a caring and generous father, leaving his wife and children with numerous memories of camping trips, ski trips, and many Hawaiian vacations on the island of Maui. He is survived by his wife Evelyn, children Louise Ossinger (Tom), Laurence Hile, Jr. (Barbara), Clifford Hile (Karen), Michael Hile, Laura Modawell (Mark), and Steven Hile, grandchildren Amy McKamey, Rachel and Joshua Hile, Blake Hile, Peter and Braden Modawell, and Barrett and Dorrien Ossinger. He was preceded in death by his grandson Travis Duncan, and great-grandson Matthew McKamey. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, and after returning Larry graduated from Bradley University in 1950. In December 1969 he left his position at Simonize Wax Co. in Chicago to move the family to Washington, where he joined Nalley's Fine Foods and was soon promoted to Vice President Materiel. He retired in January, 1988. He loved playing tennis and golf, and even convinced Evelyn to take up both sports so he would always have a sports partner on vacations. They were members of the Lakewood Racquet Club, Fort Steilacoom Golf Club, the Tacoma Rotary #8, and Elks Lodge 174. His obituary would not be complete without mentioning "kitty," his unnamed cat, that he was crazy about. Services will be held at St. Frances Cabrini, 5715 108th St. SW, in Lakewood, on Friday, August 1st (Larry and Evelyn's 63rd wedding anniversary) at 5:00pm, with reception to follow at Oakbrook Golf & Country Club, 8102 Zircon Dr. SW.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on July 27, 2014