Feb 16, 1938 – May 14, 2015
Johnnie Ray Hamling passed away on May 14, 2015, at age 77, with complications from his battle with lung cancer.
John was the third child born to Alice (Kerbel) and John Stephen Hamling Sr. on Feb.16, 1938 in Spencer, NE . He was one of four children; his eldest sister Donna Mae, second eldest sister Darlene and younger sister Joan. At an early age, John chose auto mechanics as his vocation. While working in Valentine, NE, he met Deloris Lurz and on June 6, 1964 they were married. The couple lived in the Valentine area for a short time before moving to Washington State, where they bought a 3-bedroom house in Federal Way, WA. John was employed as an auto mechanic at the Burien Toyota dealership for 35 years before his retirement in 2004.
In his marriage union with Deloris, John became the proud father of four children; sons Steven John born in 1968, Raymond Gene in 1970, Jeffery Alan in 1972 and a daughter Angelina Irene born in 1974. In his younger years, John enjoyed boating, water skiing, hunting, fishing and camping, along with working on cars in his spare time to make extra money. In short order, it became necessary to remodel their small house and double it’s size for the kids and their pets, which he did himself with the help of his brother-in-law Raymond Lurz. John was a hard worker. Even after his retirement in 2004, he still managed to oversee the remodel and renovation of his daughter, Angie’s, new home.
John is survived by his wife Deloris (Lurz) Hamling of Federal Way, WA, Steve & Eileen of Auburn, WA; Ray & Kim of Corpus Christi, TX, Jeff of Federal Way, WA, and daughter Angie of Elma, WA along with 8 grandchildren and his sister Donna Mae Fernen of Washington. John is preceded in death by parents Alice and John Hamling of Mission, South Dakota, sisters Darlene Brie and Joan Whiting. Services will be held in Washington on May 23rd for John Hamling. Cards and letters may be sent in care of Deloris Hamling to the Bonney Watson Funeral Home at 1535 SW Dash Point Road Federal Way, WA 98023.
A Rosary and viewing will be held at 7:00PM on May 22nd, 2015 and a Catholic Funeral Mass will be conducted at 10:30AM Saturday, May 23, 2015 at St. Philomena Church in Des Moines WA, with Father Steve Woodland officiating. Bonney Watson Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements (www.bonneywatson.com). Interment service will be held in Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery in Federal Way, WA at 12:30PM following the Mass. A Celebration of Life Reception will follow the interment at 1:00PM in the reception hall at the cemetery.
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