Walter Lawrence Hills was born in a tent on Blewett Pass, January 13, 1923. He was the fifth of Charles and Rosina Hills’ nine children. He attended school through his junior year in Peshastin, Washington.
In 1942, Walt married Donna Gere. In 1943, they moved to Snoqualmie in order for Walt to take a job at the Weyerhaeuser Company Mill. After having their first child, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and attended basic training at Kearns Army Air Base in Kearns, Utah. After basic training, he was transferred to March Field Air Force Base in Riverside, California. He was stationed there for 35 months as a member of the Medical Air Corps. Walt proudly served his country until 1946. They moved back to Snoqualmie and he returned to work at Weyerhaeuser. Three more children were added to the family during that time.
In 1959, he married Ruth Edmunds and moved to North Bend, Washington. They had two children. During those years he enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and many other outdoor activities with friends and family in Eastern Washington. He spent time serving on the church board with Snoqualmie Church of the Nazarene, and as a Sunday School Superintendent. He also went on six Work and Witness trips to various countries around the world.
He retired from Weyerhaeuser in 1982 as a Foreman, after 40 years of service.
Walt passed away peacefully in his home on April 20, 2021. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth, three children, Linda, Walter Jr., and Marion. He is survived by three children: Melvin (Lisa), Marjorie, Russ (Dalene), as well as eight grandchildren: Kerri, Brian, Anthony, Kris, Myles, Chanse, Noah and Servahn. He also has numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Walt will be greatly missed by many loved ones.