Hal Partlow; beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, teacher
, coach and friend.
Born October 8, 1924, Hal grew up in Bellingham with his brother, mother and grandmother, in the depression. He said he lived in Skykomish, where he was born, only long enough to have to learn to spell it on documents asking for his birthplace. They were poor, but didn't know it. He later complained to a granddaughter that he never spent as much money on shoes in "all his borned days" as on one pair of her basketball shoes. He earned $2 a day selling newspapers on the corner and did many other odd jobs. He gave all he earned to his mother for rent and food. He worked extra to buy his little brother a set of drums. He told of he and his brother taking only one piece of wood from each neighbor's wood stack so they would have heat and not take away too much from others who also needed heat.
He joined the Navy the day he turned 17. After basic training he was sent to school to learn semaphore. Many of his buddies were sent to the USS Arizona, Honolulu, HI where they died in the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served on the battleship, USS Mississippi, as a signalman in the South Pacific. He was in the battles of Tarawa, Macan, Kwajalein, Coral Sea, Attu, Kiska and Iwo Jima, where he volunteered to serve as a radioman for the marines in the trenches.
After the war, he attended Western Washington University on the GI bill, where he was a star all-conference player in football and baseball.
He married Jean Nunamaker while attending college. His marriage to Jean produced two children, Jeff and Jodi. He earned his certification to teach social studies in 1950.
He wed Margaret Ann Thomas on September 6, 1952. He had 4 children (Leann, Linda, Matthew and Brian).
He played semi-pro football and baseball for a season before he taught school in various Washington cities primarily in Anacortes and Pomeroy.
He was president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Anacortes where he initiated the tradition of Christmas lights at Causland Park. He also worked as a counselor at Secret Harbor where he brought home a 16-yr-old boy, Ken Collier, whom he didn't believe belonged there. Ken became, and still is "the eldest sibling" of his family.
Hal was mayor of Pomeroy from 1976-1980 where he implemented improvements to road systems and building a water waste treatment plant.
On his way back to Bellingham, he stopped in Anacortes to visit his dad, David Partlow. There he met his future wife, Ardeth Hanks McCallum. They married September 21, 1982, adding 5 more children and 2 grandchildren to his list of crumb crunchers. He and Ardeth liked to travel, mostly to warmer climates. They spent a lot of time in Mexico.
Over the years, Hal worked at various clubs in Anacortes including the Sucia Reef, The Harbour and the Elks Club
. He worked up north in Alaska on fishing boats, tenders and canneries to help make ends meet. He could do anything he set his mind to. He always loved working hard. He belonged to service organizations including the Eagles, Elks, VFW
and American Legion. He liked to take care of people. He believed everyone deserved a second chance. He "knew" people- if there was a need he found the resources to help. He was a true servant; he could not sit still if there was something he could do.
He lived, laughed and loved to the fullest. He always had a witty remark to add to any situation, which tended to alleviate tension. No matter what the mood, he'd slip in one of his comments that would bring gales of laughter.
He was tough, a fighter. He fought his illness a long time before he left this world. He left this earth on Monday, October 15th, on the wings of the angels. He is greatly missed, leaving a huge void in the hearts of those that loved him, but he would have said, "You gotta be tough; It won't hurt so bad when it quits hurting."
Hal leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Ardeth Partlow in Anacortes, WA; sons: Ken and (Roxy) Collier of Bow, WA, Matthew (Karen) Partlow of Newcastle, WA, Brian (Theresa) Partlow of Seattle, WA, Blair (Rachel) McCallum, Brian (Vicky) McCallum, and Beau McCallum all of Anacortes, WA; daughters: Leann Clayton of Pomeroy, WA, Linda (Lou) Catania of Las Vegas, NV, Kristen Comeau and Karen McCallum both of Anacortes, WA; 20 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
A graveside committal, with military honors, will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Fernhill Cemetery in Anacortes. A memorial service will then follow at the Anacortes Elks Lodge from 2:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m., Saturday, October 27, 2012. A potluck reception will follow the memorial at the Elks. Please bring side dish or dessert to share.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Hal, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.