Wally Lorisch died peacefully March 17 with his wife Karen, son Nick and daughter Amie holding his hand. He was an amazing man that made it clear how important his family was to him and how much he loved his life. He was 70 years old.

A resident of Lakebay, Wally was born to Henry and Helene Lorisch in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from Sammamish High School in Bellevue and pursued an education in architecture at Highline Community College and the honors program at University of Washington. His need to be hands-on was so great that he chose to be a finish carpenter, one of the best in his field. 

Wally enlisted in the U.S. Airforce in 1971 and was honorably discharged in 1977. He was based at McChord Air Force Base as a jet engine mechanic and part of the 62nd OMS. He loved animals and was an avid hiker, camper, boater and outdoorsman. His love of life was undeniable. He was a goof and a kid at heart. 

Wally is survived by his wife Karen of 49 years, daughter Amie of Portland, Oregon, son Nick of Bellevue, granddaughter Kai of Portland; his brother Henry Lorisch and his wife Kay of Sequim, as well as “Sidney the Cat.” He also leaves behind a wonderful, loving extended family. 

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m., May 11 at Acacia Funeral Home, 14951 Bothell Way NE in Seattle, followed by a reception in Sammamish. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or your choice of any animal-related cause.

Delores C. Rose