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We Get Our Feet Wet
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From Fantasy To Reality
Wally Goes To War
Tribute To "VE" Day
The Flying Fortress
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Wally Hoffman was born in Bremerton, Washington. After graduation from high school he worked in the logging camps to go to college at WSU. After two years he joined the Air Force and entered Aviation Cadet Training. He survived 35 mission over Germany in a B-17 as a member of the 8th Air Force. He returned home and was given an early discharge after which he worked for a year in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. He married Alma, an English girl from Manchester who was serving in the RAF and they have two daughters. He returned to WSU in 1946 and received a BS in Agriculture in 1948. He then worked for the US Department of Agriculture in Wenatchee, Chehalis, and Auburn until 1957. Then he worked for the Department of Natural Resources and was in charge of the land management of the state trust lands (school lands) in Olympia, Washington. In 1982 he retired. He has been active in the Lacey Fire District where a fire/training station has been named for him. He recently took some creative writing courses on the Internet and has been writing his memoirs of World War II.
Wally, 93, passed away January 11, 2014 in Olympia, Washington, where he had lived for 50 years. He was soon followed by Alma. He was born December 29, 1920 to Harry and Margaret (Lucas) Hoffman in Bremerton, Washington.
Wally served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II as a B-17 pilot, flying 35 missions over Europe. He married Alma Turner, the love of his life, on July 18, 1946, and graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture in 1948.
Professionally, he worked for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard after graduation from college, and the U.S. Department of Education, Bureau of Land Management in Wenatchee, Chehalis, and Auburn until 1957. Then he worked for the Department of Natural Resources and was in charge of the land management of the state trust lands (school lands) in Olympia, Washington. He retired from state service in 1982.
Wally also served as a volunteer firefighter in Auburn, and after moving to Olympia, he joined Lacey Fire District 3 as a Fire Commissioner in 1966, and served in that capacity for 16 years until 1982. He then transferred to a volunteer and contractor status where he served in various capacities but most notably as the Fire Warden over the District’s Ranger Program until he fully retired at the end of 2000 after 34 years of service.
He was a 67-year Mason, finishing all of his degrees in 1946. In 1966, he became a member of Harmony Lodge18, serving as Master in 1974.
Wally was active in many service groups, but his number one priority was always his family.
He is survived by his daughters, Diane (Ken) Martin of Rainier, Washington, and Debbie (Larry) Culwell of Olympia; and one sister, Phyllis Caley.
He is also survived by five grandchildren: Robert (Cheryl) Horton, Olivia Strout, Dennis (Ruth) Horton, Megan (Jamey) Whitney, and David Strout; and nine great grandchildren.
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