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Ronald "Ron" Hochhalter

August 11, 1947 ~ July 19, 2021 (age 73)

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 Ronald H. Hochhalter passed from his struggle with Cancer on July 19th, 2021 with his beloved wife (DeAnn) by his side. Born to Hilmer Hochhalter and Hildred (Mason) Hochhalter on August 11th, 1947 In Yakima, Washington. Ron always wanted to be a pediatrician – he loved babies. Ron bought a 1953 Studebaker Hardtop Lowboy when he was 15 years old, and the joy of those cars lasted a lifetime. His father made the United States Army his career. In the Mid 1950’s when the family was stationed in Germany.  Ron was a Boy Scout and was in the exchange Scout for a month with a boy from Scotland. He was very outgoing and loved people. While his father served in Korea his family lived in Sunnyside and Ron worked at the Dodge dealership while he was in the 10th grade. Ron and DeAnn (Bootsma) met in School before the family moved to Ft Hood, Texas. Military Service time for Ron was with the United States Air Force at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas.  President Lyndon B. Johnson and Ron ate breakfast together at the “Johnson Ranch”. Ron chauffeured military personal, Presidential Press, Government Officials, and the Johnson Family. When Ron received military orders for Germany. Ron decided to get married before he left for this three-year tour service. Later they were stationed at New Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Where their daughter DeLeesa was born in 1968.  Another daughter Rhonda was born in Sunnyside, WA in 1970 after his departure from the Military. The Sunnyside community was home for Ronald and he wanted to contribute.  Therefore, he joined the Sunnyside Volunteer Fire Department and became a Captain and EMT, with perfect attendance. At the same time, he was a volunteer for Yakima County Fire District for 19 years. He was a member of the National Studebaker Club and Local Chapter.  He was also a member of Avanti Northwest and national Car Club.Support for the local Sunnyview VFW 3482 and held the position of Senior Vice Commander. He served on the Sunnyside Civil Service Commission until he departed this Earth.

Ron is survived by his wife DeAnn (Boostma) Hochhalter, Daughters DeLeesa Restucci (Jim), Rhonda Wood (Ken Brandt), Grandchildren Dylan Graybeal, Victoria Wood, Lacy Wood, Dakoda Wood, Alex Restucci and the newest addition Great -granddaughter Kaicent. Mother-in-Law Delta Bootsma, many Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and many friends.

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, WA   Burial will follow at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside with Military Honors.  Those wishing to sign Ron's online memorial book may do so at    Smith Funeral Home is in care of arrangement.  

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Interment Following Funeral Service
July 21, 2021

Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside, WA

Funeral Service
July 24, 2021

10:00 AM
Smith Funeral Home
528 S. 8th St.
Sunnyside, WA 98944

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