A private burial will be held at a later date in Roslyn, Wash. for Willis Edward Hell, 84, of Renton, Wash.
Posted on 10/23/14
He died on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Valley Medical Center in Renton, WA surrounded by his loving family.
Willis was born on January 6, 1930 and raised in Mt Carmel the son of Alphonse and Lillian “Lillie” Hell. In 1953 he married Delores Dalzell and they moved to Walhalla. While living there, he raised cattle and worked as a finishing carpenter for over 20 years. In 1975, he moved to Seattle, Wash. where he met his loving wife, Evelyn “Lynn” Epling. They married in1976 and lived in the Seattle area where he worked as a finishing carpenter. Upon his retirement in 1995 they moved to Ronald, Wash. where they lived until returning to Renton in 2007. He touched the lives of many people with his smile, and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end. He was a great artist and painted a beautiful rendition of The Last Supper. He enjoyed bowling, playing cards and board games with his family and friends and spending time at the casino. He was well known for his sense of humor and playing practical jokes on the ones he loved. He was a member of the Eagles Club in Ronald, Wash. and served on the Park Board in Walhalla. His enthusiasm, positive spirit, fun-loving attitude and dry wit provided joy to all—he will be greatly missed.
Willis is survived by his beloved wife, Evelyn “Lynn” Hell; his son, Duane (Kathy) Hell of Des Moines, Wash.; daughters Kathy Potter of West Fargo and Kristie (Cory) Netzer of Bonney Lake, Wash. and step son, Michael Epling of Graham Wash.; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; brothers Gary (Jenny) Hell of Pacific, Wash.; Robert Hell of Mt Carmel; Lewellyn “Pete” (Bonnie) Hell of Langdon and sister Dorothy Wisdom of Seattle, Wash.; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Willis was preceded in death by his parents, his infant brother Leslie, and his sisters Evelyn Charbonneau and Della Kartes.