Kenneth Lee Hallmeyer

Kenneth Lee Hallmeyer Kenneth Lee Hallmeyer was born in Tacoma, WA on July 9, 1929 to Joseph Francis Hallmeyer and Maud Pattee Hallmeyer. He grew up in Washington and Oregon and attended Benson Polytechnic High School. Ken served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, convincing is mother that he was old enough to enlist at age 17. His unit was stationed on several Pacific islands. After his service, he eventually came to California's central valley, where he met his wife, Annabelle Thomas of McFarland. They settled in Visalia and raised three children: Nancy, Joe and Donna. As a new husband and father, ken worked for the Bureau of Water Reclamation on the early stages of CA Aqueduct. He joined Art Snell Engineering, which later became Zimmerman Engineering, working on the development of subdivisions in Visalia as well as the beginnings of the Visalia Mall. Ken was a bus driver for other Visalia Unified School District and Orange Belt Stages. He owned and operated Ken's Stake and Supply for many years, starting the business in his garage in1968, eventually moving the mill to Road 152 and the office to Lover's Lane. He trained many young men in the business of learning to work hard while leveling most of the west side of this beautiful central valley. The stake business was eventually sold to his son, Joe, now employing the third generation of Hallmeyers in the production of nursery and survey stakes distributed in CA, NV, AZ and HI. Ken also owned a shop in downtown Visalia selling Hydrocal products named, "Village of Plaques." He was a regular at Sambo's Coffee Shop in downtown Visalia until its closing. After the death of his wife, Annabelle, Ken married Eudora Newby Locey; together they raised his three children and her two children, Gloria and Ron Locey. Ken and Eudora enjoyed square dancing with a group in Visalia. Never one to fully retire, Ken became a "blind man", placing many blinds in homes in Visalia and surrounding areas. Working as an inspector in mobile home parks, Ken found a place and settled in Hemet, CA. There found a new hobby - weaving - and soon he was a partner in a weaving and spinning supply shop. He was a popular caller several nights a week at local BINGO games and was the President of the local fraternal organization, Knights of the Round Table. Through this group, he was able to help young people venturing out into small business. Ken returned to Visalia, residing at Magnolia Park Assisted Living for the last few weeks before he died on April 30, 2014. The care and comfort he received there will not be forgotten by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Maud Hallmeyer, sister's Esther Bass and Dorothy Gotthardt, wife Annabelle Thomas Hallmeyer. He is survived by Nancy Hallmeyer Clarke (Ken) of Fernley, NV, Joe Hallmeyer (Barbara) Hallmeyer of Woodlake, and Donna Hallmeyer Wiese (Dan) of Rancho Cordova, CA; Eudora and Gloria Locey and Ron Locey (Christine) of Visalia. In addition, Ken is survived by 7 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Ken was known and cared about by many people. We invite you to a "Celebration of Life" gathering on Saturday, June 14, 2014, 10:00 am at Miller Memorial Chapel in Visalia, with a reception following at the home of Joe and Barbara Hallmeyer, 36459 Road 196 in Woodlake. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Excalibur Foundation, Knights of the Round Table, 205 Eucalyptus Drive, Redlands, CA 92373 or Shriner's Hospital, 2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817 (916) 453-2000. Tributes and condolences may be made at Arrangements entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Ave., Visalia, CA 93292 (559)732-8371.

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Miller Memorial Chapel
1120 West Goshen Ave Visalia, CA 93291
(559) 732-8371

Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on June 10, 2014