Walter P. Hastings, 86, a resident of Mount Vernon, Wash., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at Mt. Glen Retirement Community. Walt was born in Milltown, Wash., the son of Charles L. and Artie S. Stottsberry Hastings.
He graduated with the class of 1945 from Mount Vernon High School. Right out of high school, he headed north to fish in Alaska. He then went on to serve his country in the Army. After being honorably discharged from the Army he married June C. (Penley) on April 30, 1952, in Mount Vernon. Walt was a wonderful husband to June for nearly 50 years.
They lived in Seattle and Everett, Wash., for a short time where they started raising their family before relocating to Fairbanks in 1960. While living in Alaska, Walt was a commercial fisherman, a tractor-trailer driver and a barber.
He shared with his daughter, Tammy, the joy of playing the fiddle for many years, a love he learned from his father, and in turn Tammy learned from Walt. He also enjoyed playing the guitar and the mandolin while singing the old country songs. He enjoyed sport shooting, was a great storyteller, and had a wonderful sense of humor. He rarely wore his "herring eggs," so he talked loud and laughed even louder!
He was skilled with his hands in woodworking, but mostly he took great pride in building log cabins. In his early years he loved to ride motorcycles.
One did not need to know Walt to appreciate his warm heart and genuine personality. We were truly blessed to have Walt as our dad and grandpa. Walt had many friends and was loved by all.
Walt is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, Charlie W. Hastings, Robert E. Hastings, Tim L. and Kris Hastings; three daughters and son-in-laws, Debbie Hastings and her husband, Kenny Frye; Lisa J. and David Marsh, Tammy J. and Steve Karcher; eleven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
Walt was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, June; daughter, Rhoda; two brothers and two sisters.
Memorials are suggested to the Children's Hospital Foundation, MS/S-200, P.O. Box 50020, Seattle, WA 98145-5020.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at Fir-Conway Lutheran Cemetery. A gathering will be held immediately following the service at Alfys Restaurant, 9612 270th Street NW, Stanwood, Wash. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home of Mount Vernon.