Walter F. Hohl


In Memory of

Walter F. Hohl

November 21, 1929 - October 20, 2016


On October 20, 2016, Walter Franklin Hohl passed on peacefully with his family by his side. Walter was born in Honeybrook, Pennsylvania on November 21, 1929 to Frank and Kathryn Hohl.

Walter graduated from North Coventry High School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania in 1947. Shortly after graduation he joined the Army. In 1952, while stationed in Okinawa, he met and married Miyoko Omoto.

He was transferred in 1961 to Lacey and made a home for their family. He retired after serving his country as Sergeant First Class in 1968. After his military service, he became a Meat Cutter, a trade he learned in the Army. After retiring from Meat Cutting, he went on to driving a school bus for the Tumwater School District.

One of the greatest honors bestowed upon Walter was in 1996 when he carried the Olympic Torch.

Walter was a dedicated member of the Kiwanis club; he was nominated for Citizen of the year. He enjoyed working with his fellow members until he could no longer attend meetings. He thought highly of the work the Kiwanis club did.

Walter is best known for his dedication, commitment, and hard work when he headed the Thurston County Unit of the Washington Explorer Search and Rescue (WESAR). A quote from an unknown (WESAR) member from the Daily Olympian; "To me he's always been Mr. Hohl. Even my mom won't call him Walter".

Mr. Hohl said "I love working with kids; they are so dedicated." "The biggest enjoyment I get is seeing them grow up, and seeing them go through college or whatever road they take, and develop into good citizens." "It's this program that does it." "It helps them go on and be successful in later life."

Walter is preceded in death by his parents; wife Miyoko Hohl; daughter Debbie Hohl-Potter; sons-in-law John Potter and Jim Lawson. His surviving family members are his son Clifford (Linda) Hohl Sr.; daughters Mary Ann (Mark) Silversten and Lou Ann (Michael) Edwards; six grandsons, two granddaughters, five great-grandsons and three great-granddaughters, who reside in Washington and California, and his brother Ralph (Gini) Hohl who resides in Tennessee.

Walter will be missed, but also remembered by many whose lives were blessed to have known him.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in his memory to Saint Andrews United Methodist Church, PO Box 3866, Lacey, WA. 98509

Arrangements under the direction of Mills & Mills Funeral Home and Memorial Park, Tumwater, WA.

Memorial Service

Friday, November 04, 2016

1:00 pm

Mills & Mills Funeral Home

5725 Littlerock Road SW

Tumwater, Washington 98512


November 4, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.


WELCOME  Pastor Dan Breznau

Friends and Family, we are gathered here to praise God and to witness to our faith as we celebrate the life of Walt Hohl.  We come together in grief, acknowledging our human loss.  May God grant us grace, that in pain we may find comfort; in sorrow, hope; in death, resurrection.

PRAYER  (responsive)

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

O God, who gave us birth, you are ever more ready to hear than we are to pray.  You know our needs before we ask, and our ignorance in asking.  Give to us now your grace, that as we shrink before the mystery of death, we may see the light of eternity.  Speak to us once more your solemn message of life and death.  Help us to live as those who are prepared to die.  And when our days here are accomplished, enable us to die as those who go forth to live, so that, living or dying, our life may be in you, and that nothing in life or in death will be able to separate us from your great love in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

Words of Comfort (unison) Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

He leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul:

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness

For his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk

Through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil:

For thou art with me;

Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me

In the presence of mine enemies;

Thou anointest my head with oil;

             My cup runneth over.

             Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

             All the days of my life:

              And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

SCRIPTURE 2 Corinthians 1:3-5


Memories in photographs.

EULOGY Clifford Hohl


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.   And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen



God of us all, your love never ends. When all else fails, you still are God.  We pray to you for one another in our need, and for all, anywhere, who mourn with us this day. To those who doubt, give light; to those who are weak, strength; to all who have sinned, mercy; to all who sorrow, your peace. Keep true in us the love with which we hold one another. In all our ways help us trust you. And to you, with your Church on earth and in heaven, we offer honor and glory, now and forever.

Heavenly Father, receive Walt into the arms of your mercy.
Raise him up with all your people.
Receive us also, and raise us into a new life.
Help us so to love and serve you in this world
that we may enter into your joy in the world to come.  Amen.

DISMISSAL AND BLESSING                                                        


God of love, we thank you for all with which you have blessed us, even to this day: for the gifts of your abiding Presence and promise in days of pain and grief. We praise you for home and friends, and for our baptism and place in your Church with all who have faithfully lived and died. Above all else, we thank you for Jesus, who knows our griefs, who died our death and rose for our sake, and who lives and prays for us. Amen.

To my father

      By George Harkness

A giant pine, magnificent in old

Stood staunchly against the sky and all around

Shed beauty, grace and power.

Within its fold birds safely reared their young,

the velvet ground beneath was gentle,

and the cooling shade gave cheer to passersby.

Its towering arms a landmark stood, erect and unafraid,

As if to say, "fear naught from life's alarms."

It fell one day.

Where it had doubtlessly stood was loneliness and void.

But men past page tribute – and said,

"to know this life was good."


Memorials may be given in Walt’s name to:

Saint Andrews United Methodist Church, PO Box 3866, Lacey, WA. 98509

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection , and the life: he that believeth in me though he were dead, yet shall he live.” John 11:25

On behalf of the Hohl family, we would like to thank all of you for sharing this time with us, and thank you for being an important part of Walt’s life.  The family invites you to join them for a time of fellowship immediately following the service.



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