Walter E. Haeck|
Walter Eugene Haeck survived the Great Depression, fought in World War II, then taught high school and raised a large family in Bellevue, WA. He died peacefully September 16th at the age of 94, after a brief illness. He outlived Dottie, his beloved wife of 68 years, by a mere 30 days.
Walt was born in Wilsoncreek, WA in 1919, the 8th of John and Elsie Hoech's 10 children. He grew up in tiny Nezperce, Idaho. During the Depression, he served in FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps.
Walt met his future wife Dorothy in early 1941. The two were separated after Pearl Harbor while Walt served in the Pacific but were rarely apart after that. They married in late 1945. After the birth of their second son, they moved to Bellevue, where Dad spent the next 30 years teaching typing, shorthand and photography at Bellevue and Newport high schools. Walt's students, colleagues and many friends adored his sharp wit and droll sense of humor.
Walt and Dottie raised 7 sons during the turbulent '60s and '70s. Dad was sometimes bemused by the political and cultural upheaval of those days, but he imparted in us all a strong belief in tolerance and social justice. He also passed on to us his lifelong love of music, language, history, travel and the outdoors.
Walt is survived by his sister Selma Isabelle McDonald of New York, his 7 sons, 6 daughters-in-law, 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. His wry humor and devotion to his family live on in all of us. A celebration of his life is set for Saturday October 19 at 2:00 p.m. at Lake Sammamish State Park with Interment at Mt. Tahoma National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on Friday 10/18.
Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 6, 2013