Wally Wendell Hartill February 9, 1962-November 10, 2020
Wally Wendell Hartill, age 58, passed away unexpectedly on the evening of November 10, 2020. A lifetime Chewelah resident, Wally was born on February 9, 1962 to William and Annie Jean (Tetro) Hartill.
From a very young age, the things Wally valued most quickly became apparent- family and the outdoors. He and his sister Christy would spend countless hours together playing and just enjoying each other’s company.
While they did have the occasional spat that all siblings tend to have, the two were inseparable and they cared deeply for one another. When they would grow a little older, Wally, Christy, and their other sister, Cherrie would form a band, with Wally on the drums and his sisters singing melodies that would put The Kendalls to shame.
One of Wally’s all time favorite pastimes was hunting, taking any chance he could to go out and hunt for deer or elk.
He loved to remind everyone in his family that he was such a good hunter, he manages to get an elk before he ever got a deer. One of Wally’s favorite hunting trips to take was his annual one to the Blue Mountains. Part hunting and part camping, these hunting trips created countless memories that continue to be shared to this day.
When he wasn’t making music with his siblings or hunting big game, Wally could usually be found in the woods with his dad, learning how to fell trees and cut wood like a pro.
Wally and his father William could put timber away like no one else, and Wally cherished the time he was able to spend bonding with his father over something they were both so good at. They would even compete with each other, and they were such masters that at times it seemed like they would just take turns winning. Wally also loved to operate any kind of heavy equipment he could get his hands on. At 16, Wally would get his first official job hauling pulp wood while still going to high school in Colville.
Wally’s love for all things timber related carried on into his adulthood, with him spending many years working for several timber companies in the Chewelah and Colville area. Although medical issues later in life would force him to partially retire, he made sure to pass on his love of timber and chainsaw knowledge to some the 15 nieces and nephews that he was proud to call his own.
Wally was preceded in death by his father, William Clifford Hartill, and his loving sister, Christy Hartill. He is survived by his mother, Annie Jean Hartill; sister Cherrie Simpson; his brothers, Paul Hartill, Karl Hartill, and Adam Hartill; his uncle, Gary Tetro; Nephews Charlie and ben Simpson, Jeff Marcum, Nick, Matthew, and Nathan Hartill; and Nieces Brandie True, Kim Hopkins, Mariah and McKayla Marcum, Ava, Ellie, Juliana, and Erica Hartill, and Casey Sessec, all of whom he loved as his own.
A celebration of life for Wally Hartill will be announced at a later date. Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted in care.