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Walfred John Larson

April 11, 1926 - January 4, 2015

Obituary


Walfred John Larson
Walfred (Wally) John Larson, 88, passed away on January 4, 2015. At 88, Wally enthusiastically
embraced the 21st Century and was always moving forward, welcoming the future. He loved his family,
traveling, sailboats, and gardening. Wally read widely and passionately history,
politics, and Harry Potter!
Wally spent an idyllic childhood in Clarendon Hills, IL, then a rural suburb of Chicago. He, his sister Jess, and brother
Jim, played hideand
seek in the daisy fields and climbed trees in the orchard that surrounded their home. Summers
were spent fishing in Northern Wisconsin, and...

Walfred John Larson
Walfred (Wally) John Larson, 88, passed away on January 4, 2015. At 88, Wally enthusiastically
embraced the 21st Century and was always moving forward, welcoming the future. He loved his family,
traveling, sailboats, and gardening. Wally read widely and passionately history,
politics, and Harry Potter!
Wally spent an idyllic childhood in Clarendon Hills, IL, then a rural suburb of Chicago. He, his sister Jess, and brother
Jim, played hideand
seek in the daisy fields and climbed trees in the orchard that surrounded their home. Summers
were spent fishing in Northern Wisconsin, and at relatives' cottages in Indiana. Wally graduated from nearby Hinsdale
High School and as the decades passed always kept in touch with school friends. Having boundless interests, he
earned degrees from both the U. of Wisconsin (experimental psychology) and the Univ. of Illinois (mechanical
engineering). As an Air Force officer, Wally served in WWII, the Korean War, and as a member of the Air Force nuclear
weapons testing team. Wally married Yvonne Richert in 1953. Together they moved to Seattle and raised two
daughters, Karen and Heidi.
Wally joined Boeing in 1957 and his 35yr
career kept him fascinated. He worked on the B52 and Saturn programs. Ever
adventurous, the AWACS program later took him to live the Netherlands and Paris. Most importantly, at Boeing Wally
met cherished, lifelong friends. Friends introduced Wally and his beloved wife Bobbie in 1978. They traveled through life
and the world together for 36 years. Wally is survived by his wife Bobbie, daughters Karen Larson (Mark) and Heidi
Larson (Ovidiu), stepsons Robin and Brian Hyerstay and grandson Louis. A memorial is planned for April 4 at the Center
for Urban Horticulture. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to The Museum of Flight, Center for Wooden Boats, or
Evergreen Hospice.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 18, 2015