Edmund C. "Ed" Hetterle|
10/09/1934 ~ 01/21/2013
Edmund C. Hetterle, known to all as Ed, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, January 21, 2013. If you have ever wondered if someone could die from a broken heart, our dad is proof that it happens. He sorely missed his beloved Kate who passed away only eight months ago.
Our dad was born outside La Salle, Colorado in rural Weld County. He grew up farming with his father and always loved farming and the rural life. He was a graduate of Mead High School where he met the love of his life, our mom Mary Kathleen Newton. Ed and Kate started their family in 1953 while living in Denver, moved to Othello, WA in 1955, and finally to Redmond, WA in 1965 where our family grew up and we always called home.
Dad's career always was involved in the sale of tools for industrial, construction, or marine use. He was a manufacturer's representative for many brands of tools in a sales career of more than forty years. At one point his job took him to Alaska while the big pipeline across that great state was being constructed. He would be gone for weeks at a time and come home to a list of kids to deal with and various home projects.
Ed enjoyed spending time with his family and friends; he loved to talk and would pick up the phone to call anyone he happened to be thinking of just to see what they were up to. He was also known as a talented handyman and the Redmond home has many "Ed effects" inside and out. He loved listening to music, looking at maps, and talking to people. He liked a good joke and recounting stories of work, friends, and family fun. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dad was many things to us; he could be cantankerous and demanding, yet generous and loving. He instilled a strong work ethic, valued self-reliance, hard work, and didn't mince words. You always knew where you stood, and you always knew you were loved. We'll miss him.
Ed was preceded in death by his beloved wife Kate, daughter Mary Beth Walker, and parents Edmund B.P. Hetterle and Isabelle Domde. He is survived by his sister Barbara (Bill) Turner and their family in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also survived by his children Candace Hetterle of Monroe, WI, Tom Hetterle (Margie) of Kirkland, Bart Hetterle (Katy) of Guemes Island, Cindy Sullivan (Dan) of Arlington, Teena Logan (Paul) of Tulalip, nephew Dave Thornton of Mountlake Terrace, Pete Hetterle of Entiat, Rebecca Villiers (Doug) of Sammamish, Tonya Blair of Sammamish, Michelle Lindell of East Wenatchee, sixteen grandchildren and two great-grandsons. According to his wishes, his ashes will be scattered into the Entiat River by family in the spring. Details regarding a celebration of Dad's life TBD. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the Dreier-Newton Scholarship Fund at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 27, 2013