John Hamling

Feb 16, 1938 – May 14, 2015

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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.

Guestbook

Larry Menzel
Federaal Way, Wa
May 25, 2015

I'm sorry to hear of John's passing. Jon was a very good friend that started when I went to work at Burien Toyota. One of the things that I appreciated about John was that he was not afraid to show his knowledge of cars, he never thought of his job would be in jeopardy by teaching others of his skills. When we finished working at the job we would go home and work on our customers cars both at his house and mine for extra money, we did this for many years. One day John and I were sitting at his house drinking coffee and talking about hunting and he said of all the years that he hunted that he never got a elk. I asked him if he wanted to go elk hunting and I would get him one, and he jumped at that thought so we planed a week hunting trip in eastern Wash. the first day out John shot his first elk, I never seen a person so excited in my life as John was. I will never forget that moment and never will I forget Jonh. Rest in peace dear friend and we will meet up again for another hunting trip.

Alan Shelbourn
Kingston, WA
May 22, 2015

Memory of Johnny Ray from Alan Shelbourn ( Delorisís cousin)

I went to the same high school in Mission, SD as Johnny Ray. He and his family lived right across the street from the home I stayed in while going to high school. We spent a lot of time together. Racing motorbikes, his bike was faster until he gave me the pulley off of his bike to make mine faster. Just about everyone of us had our car fixed by him in his garage. Johnny Ray married my first cousin, Deloris Lurz, they moved to the Seattle area before I did. When I did make it out to the area, I lived with them. I had very little cash after only making $1.00 an hour in South Dakota. Even after I got married to my wife Karen, they still let us live with them. I donít know how I would have survived without the two of them and all their kindness. My wife and I have fond memories of the many salmon fishing trips and camping together. Johnny was always good at taking charge of the camping and fishing in places like Sequi, Neah Bay, and other places on the Olympic Peninsula. He always insisted on paying and furnished the boat. Such wonderful times that we shared. He also helped us on our land, he helped thin out the trees and remove stumps and the many other chores that come with owning land. We always wished that they had moved closer to us in the Kingston area. There is no way we could ever repay the two of them for all they have done for us. We are so blessed with being a part of their lives, in family and in friendship. We will cherish the many memories that we shared over the years with Johnny Ray and Deloris. He will be missed by many, such a compassionate man.

Alan Shelbourn
Kingston, WA
May 22, 2015

Memory of Johnny Ray from Alan Shelbourn ( Delorisís cousin)

I went to the same high school in Mission, SD as Johnny Ray. He and his family lived right across the street from the home I stayed in while going to high school. We spent a lot of time together. Racing motorbikes, his bike was faster until he gave me the pulley off of his bike to make mine faster. Just about everyone of us had our car fixed by him in his garage. Johnny Ray married my first cousin, Deloris Lurz, they moved to the Seattle area before I did. When I did make it out to the area, I lived with them. I had very little cash after only making $1.00 an hour in South Dakota. Even after I got married to my wife Karen, they still let us live with them. I donít know how I would have survived without the two of them and all their kindness. My wife and I have fond memories of the many salmon fishing trips and camping together. Johnny was always good at taking charge of the camping and fishing in places like Sequi, Neah Bay, and other places on the Olympic Peninsula. He always insisted on paying and furnished the boat. Such wonderful times that we shared. He also helped us on our land, he helped thin out the trees and remove stumps and the many other chores that come with owning land. We always wished that they had moved closer to us in the Kingston area. There is no way we could ever repay the two of them for all they have done for us. We are so blessed with being a part of their lives, in family and in friendship. We will cherish the many memories that we shared over the years with Johnny Ray and Deloris. He will be missed by many, such a compassionate man.

Norma E Brown
Valentine , NE
May 22, 2015

So sorry to hear of Johns passing, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Dee Gallino
Valentine, NE
May 20, 2015

Johnny Ray Hamling

February 16, 1938 Ė May 14, 2015

John grew up in Mission, S.D. area, on a farm 1 mile from the family farm of Ted Hamling. Ted shared the fact there was only 4 days difference in their age, they walked to each others farm to play together, they went to grade school in Mission together, and went to the National Guard in Winner, S.D. together. Ted visited John and Johnís sister Donna Mae in 2011 on a trip to Washington State.

Approaching three months after his 77th birthday, John passed away on May 14, 2015 with complications from his nearly year long battle with stage 4 lung cancer. John being a reliable man gave up the battle to hold on to the restraints of his frail worldly body in exchange for his sturdy spiritual form.

Throughout his time on this earth, John always had a generous soul, if someone was in need of help; if possible he was there to lend his assistance. He never asked for anything in return, as was his nature he likely felt they would reciprocate the same response if others were in need. His family not only meant the world to John, they were his universe. Though he rarely displayed harsh words, he was very protective of Deloris and his sons, daughter, as well as others close to him.

One of Johnís traditional things to say, mostly to male counterparts was ďWhat have you been up to bum?Ē then he would laugh with that spontaneous laughter, that just naturally made everyone smile, and any tension that may have been in the room was gone and dialogue began.

In his 77 years there are so many inspiring and respectful memories this man formed. Someone would have to be hard pressed to relate one in which John displayed callous acts. If he ever lost his temper he walked away, and even then he was quickly back to apologize he was so sensitive to otherís feelings. Any anger was exchanged for laughing it off and moving on with the task at hand. In current times this is probably a prime example of how his marriage survived fifty plus years; Deloris and John were a happily married couple.

There are memories of boating and water skiing as well as fishing at White Lake believe it was called, and Merritt Dam when John and Deloris lived in Nebraska and if possible between visiting with friends and relatives on trips back to Nebraska. The fishing continued in Washington State, as did hunting and camping. Many weekends during the summer months the camper was stocked, a destination was reached and a giant tent was pitched for a weekend of fishing, campfires and enjoying the company of others.

When not working Johnís favorite idle time was sitting at the counter drinking coffee and reading, especially Western books, watching the Seahawks and Mariners, a good movie, the old westerns never got too old for John or certain game shows and the news. He worked as a mechanic at the Chevy garage in Valentine, but switched to being an auto mechanic at Toyota for 35 years before a late retirement.

Before illness overcame him, John assisted Steve, Jeff and Angie with remodeling a home in Elma. John never put on any airs or gave a perception that he was better than someone else. He was flannel shirt wearing man, who was a faithful husband, kind father, wise grandfather, honorable friend, teacher and role model to those who knew and loved him. His footsteps in the sand will be hard to follow, though he has paved the way.

Though we will miss his presence, John is no longer in need of canes or wheelchairs. John can once again walk straight, tall and pain free as he joins family and friends in Heaven. So when you see, remember, say something that reminds you of John, say his name out loud, smile, and laugh cause he is probably saying, ďWhat you been up to bum?Ē

Memories of John

By Dee Gallino

Bonnie Larson
Elma, Wa
May 19, 2015

John , I called you my second father , you were always so cheerful and you made me laugh . I love you and your family. I will always remember your face and your wonderful laugh that would always make me smile . I will miss you terribly .

Rest in peace Dad , Love Bonnie

Susan ( Lurz ) Neal
Thedford, NE
May 19, 2015

Deloris and family. Heaven got brighter. John was a one of a kind, they broke the mold after him. I am so sorry for your loss

Raymond Hamling
Corpus Christi, TX
May 19, 2015

Dad-

I haven't written anywhere yet because I am so heartbroken. My soul aches for the loss of you. I think of all the life lessons, the love and all the times we have shared and I could not imagine a family more blessed. From you I learned a love for the outdoors, of fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, exploring, camping, a love for hard work and the feeling of accomplishment that follows, a love of life, exploring and imagining through books and the world around us, and a love of family.

You always gave everything for us and I pray that through my life I am able to show the kind of love and to give the service and friendship to those around me that you did throughout your life. You are missed by all who knew you because you were so genuine.

There is not one part of the day when I don't ache to hear your voice or see your face. Just one more day, one more hour, even one more minute.

The one thing that keeps me going is knowing that families can be together forever, and knowing that I will see you again one day. I have so many favorite memories of my life with you, but my favorite recent memory is of sitting with you outside at the rehab center, just enjoying the sun and your company.

Dad, this chapter of your adventure is over, but I rejoice to know that you are with God, enjoying the next chapter, and that I will one day be able to enjoy another great fishing adventure with you.

I love you dad and I'll see you again!!

jody swantak
shelton, wa
May 19, 2015

I was saddened to hear of your loss. Please know how very sorry I am. Hugs and prayers to you Angie and your family.

Jody

Debra snyder
shelton, wa
May 19, 2015

so sorry for your loss, prayers and hugs to Jeff and Angie and family.

Alfred Wilson
Toledo, WA
May 19, 2015

So Sad, Nice Guy.

Tracey Wilson
Elma, Wa
May 19, 2015

I will miss him very much. I will pray for your family, for peace and happiness. We will remember the good times forever. Love you all very much.

Heather Martz
Windber, Pa
May 18, 2015

My deepest condolences goes out to each of you. May God comfort you all in this difficult time.

Jeff Hamling
Federal Way, Wa
May 18, 2015

I love you dad. You were the best dad I could have ever asked for. We miss you like crazy. Heaven will be a better place with you there. As hard as it is for us we are happy that you have no more pain. You're constantly in our minds and in our hearts. I love you now and always dad.

Steven Hamling
Auburn, WA
May 18, 2015

Rosary and Viewing at St Philomena in DesMoines WA at

7pm Friday May 22, 2015 with a Catholic Mass at

10:30 - 11:30 on Saturday at St Philomena Church

There will then be a 12:30 graveside service at Gethsamane Cemetery in Fife WA followed by a 1:00 reception at the cemetery

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