Howard Kay Hitch

Jul 13, 1924 – May 9, 2018

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Howard Kay HITCH

Born July 13, 1924 in Hastings, NE, Passed May 9, 2018 in Burien, WA.  Howard was married to Cecelia Lenkart in 1952.  She preceded him in death in 1994.  They had 4 children, Lawrence, Michael, Jeffrey and Angela. 

Visitation and Funeral Mass starting at 10:00 AM Friday, May 18, 2018 at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 1028 SW 128th Street, Burien.


Mary Starkebaum
Seattle, WA
May 20, 2018

It was my privilege to be Howard Hitch's primary care doctor for many

years, until I retired in 2011. Year after year he shared his art work

with me. On my retirement, he wrote to say he liked me very much as a

doctor, because I didn't scream at him or hit him. This was accompanied

by a lovely photo of him in a white T-shirt (much better than the one on

Bonney Watson), and some more art work, including a print of his

Christmas card that won a Japanese prize (all of which I keep). A

consequence of moving on (into retirement) is that it means a break in

relationships built over the years. I loved Howard, and his quirky humor

and artistry. I hope his last years and days were good, but if not, I

think he would have found a way to laugh about them anyway. May he rest

in peace. He lives on in my heart. --Mary Starkebaum

Nancy Hitch Cook
Renton, Wa.
May 17, 2018

Thank you Howard for all the wonderful memories you and Cecilia created for the Hitch family at Christmas gatherings. I will always treasure all the times we spent together. . You were a special blessing to all of our family. You will be in my heart and. prayers.Love you. Nancy

Veryl Yarnes
Ocean Shores , wa
May 17, 2018

I am so sorry for the loss we all share, Howard was an amazing inventive artist, his little machines entertained and amazed us all. I worked with him at Boeing and he was a wonderful coworker. We will all miss him. Rest in Peace Howard.

James E Smith
Enumclaw, WA
May 14, 2018

Sorry to hear of Howard's passing. I worked with him at Boeing for many years and also went scuba diving with him a few times. I was so impressed about how inventive he was and always liked his dry sense of humor. He'll be missed.

Milissa Emerson
Seattle , Wa
May 11, 2018

We will miss Howard . He was such a special person. So talented and a faithful friend. Our love and prayer for the family.

Sherrod Margette Hitch
Burien, Wa
May 11, 2018

God Bless you my dear father in law. Be at peace and rest well. So happy you are with your wife, Cecilia again. You left a impression on everyone's heart you met. Thank you for last 28 years of being my 2nd Pappa. Thanks for awesome memories.

Terri Dodge
Rochester , Wa
May 11, 2018

So sorry to hear about this. What an amazing man. Simply brilliant artist. I am really happy I had a chance to meet him. Very inspiring person to spend time with.

Ed Nelson
Burien, Wa
May 11, 2018

Sorry to here about your Dad.

Elvira Dodge
Kent, Wa
May 11, 2018

Sorry to hear about his passing.

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