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December 28, 2013

Dennis K. Waltermire

Dennis K. Waltermire, age 70, longtime Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake resident, passed away unexpectedly, on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Denny was born on Aug. 9, 1943, to Winston and Lorraine (Daily) Waltermire of Terre Haute, Ind. Denny was the second of six children. His childhood years were spent in Terre Haute and Miami, Fla. Denny graduated from Wiley High School in 1961, enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Wash. He was later stationed in Japan, while serving in the Vietnam War. Denny received his associate’s degree from Northwood University in West Baden, Ind. He began his career in the auto industry at Dishman Dodge, where he spent 30 years rising to the position of dealer principal.

He has four adult children, Dee Dee, Mark, Matt, and Denielle, with his first wife, Marlene Hollenback. Later Denny started Hallmark Hyundai, which he operated successfully for 15 years. Most recently he owned Hallmark Suzuki and 509cars.com.

On Sept. 25, 1999, Denny married Sally Rasmusson and they have one daughter, Taylor. He was an amazing father to his five children. He loved being a grandfather and spending time with his six grandchildren. He was very proud of each of them.

Denny was a successful businessman and was a member of the Spokane New Car Dealers Association and served as president for many years. He also served many years as president for the Western Region Dodge Advertising board. He was a member of the Western Region Dealer Council for Dodge, Western Region Dealer Council for Hyundai, National Dealer Council for Hyundai, Western Region Hyundai Advertising Association, and participated in numerous ‘20 Group’ organizations. Denny contributed to the community through his involvement as president of Spokane Valley Sunrise Rotary, as a member of the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce, and Valley Hospital Foundation board. He also was a member of the Elks Lodge and was a Mason.

Denny was a sports enthusiast both as a participant and a spectator. He loved to play softball and was proud to be one of the first inductees into the Spokane Metro Softball Hall of Fame. Denny was an avid golfer and played on many courses, with Hawaii being some of his favorites during the winter months. Denny was a member of the Meadowwood Men’s Club, Manito Country Club, and Big Island Country Club. Denny spent many years bowling in the men’s league at Players and Spectators. He loved to play cards both locally and in Las Vegas and Reno. He recently joined a horseshoe league and his team won the annual River Fall Classic.

Denny was as avid sports fan. He loved to watch NFL Football, NCAA Basketball, and Major League Baseball. He was a Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins fan, a Gonzaga basketball fan, an Indiana Hoosiers fan, a Seattle Mariners fan, and a Detroit Tigers fan. He also was a strong supporter of Spokane Chiefs Hockey and Spokane Indians Baseball.

Denny lived his life to the fullest. He easily connected with people and was everyone’s friend. He always loved a good joke. He was kind and generous and never let anyone else pay the dinner bill. He was a good listener and knew when to give sage advice. Denny attended Calvary Chapel Spokane Valley and we take comfort he is with his Lord.

Denny is survived by his wife, Sally Waltermire, and their daughter, Taylor, of Liberty Lake, Wash.; his four adult children, Dee Dee (and Carl) Christian, Mark Waltermire, Matt (and Robyn) Waltermire, and Denielle (and Shane) Stuhlmiller, and their mother Marlene Hollenback, all of Spokane, Wash. Denny has six grandchildren, Kent, Cadee, and Becca Christian, Sami Waltermire, Grayson Waltermire, and Dane Stuhlmiller. Denny is survived by his brothers Rick Waltermire of St. Louis, Mo., and Gary and Gordy Waltermire of Terre Haute. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Kay Waltermire; and his brother, Ron Waltermire.

A celebration of Denny’s life will be held on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Calvary Spokane, 511 W. Hastings Road. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary Chapel Spokane Valley, Valley Christian School, and the Rypien Foundation. Those wishing to sign Denny’s online memorial book, or post memories or photos may do so at:

www.hennessey-smith.com

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