Wallace Leonard Hahn
June 9, 1928 ~ December 4, 2013
Wallace Leonard (Wally) Hahn was born to Leonard and Tillie Hahn in Tacoma, WA June 9, 1928 and passed into God’s loving hands at home Wednesday, December 4, 2013. Wally attended school in Tacoma through the ninth grade. After the family purchase of an apple orchard in Manson, he moved with the family in 1943. He graduated from Chelan High School in 1946 and enlisted in the Army that fall. He was stationed with the 1st Cavalry Division with the Army of Occupation in Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1948 and returned to Manson to resume employment in the apple industry, after a brief venture into Aircraft and Engineering school in Portland, OR.
Wally married Edris Avon Kowsky at Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee in July 1951. They purchased their first orchard in May 1953, while at the same time, continuing to work at the Chelan Boat Company and the packing shed. In 1957, Julie was born. Daughter, Holly, followed in December, 1960. In later years, Wally earned 23 awards from Trout Growers for his premium fruit, including “Top Grower” and “Outstanding Grower of the Year.” He received the 1967 Soil and Water Conservation Farmer of the Year award. He was also a member of the Manson United Methodist Church and the Lake Chelan Reclamation board of directors, as well as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars member. Wally ran a truck and car dealership out of the house and front lawn, for several years, as well as drove trucks up into the Methow during the floods to help out. He oversaw the building and opening of Mountain View Lodge in 1986 and helped in it’s success.
Wally mainly loved life, family and friends. His greatest joys were spending time with his wife, watching his daughters grow up and marry, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was so proud of each and every accomplishment from everyone he loved. His love of farming and yard work were there for all to see. Just look at his yard! His hobbies also included dirt bike riding, stream and high mountain lake fishing, camping, boating on the Lake Chelan and the San Juan Islands, stock car racing, traveling with the family to such places as Disneyland, the Oregon Coast, Banff and Jasper National Parks, hydroplane racing and in the later years, spending time with the “coffee crowd”.
Family left behind are Edye Hahn, his wife of 62 years; daughter, Julie and husband Marty and their children Tia and Leslie; daughter, Holly, her husband Carl and their daughter Jaiden.
Services will be held Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Manson United Methodist Church with a reception to follow. Services are entrusted to Precht Rose Chapel of Chelan. Please feel free to leave any condolences and memories at www.prechtrose.com.