Walter John Haig

August 4, 2009

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Walter Haig

Walter Haig

Walter John Haig, of Issaquah, died at his home July 24, 2009. He was 89.Private graveside services will be at Tahoma National Cemetery, with The Rev. Paul Vevick officiating.

Walter was born April 10, 1919, in Merrill, Wis., a son of John and Amelia (Puekpe) Haig. He was raised on a dairy farm outside Merrill.

He served in the United States Army from January 1941 – October 1945. As a bulldozer operator with A Company, of the 13th Engineer (Combat) Battalion, 7th Army, he participated in the Attu campaign, including the battle of Engineer Hill in the Aleutian Islands, the Kwajalein campaign in the Marshall group of islands, the Leyte Island campaign in the Southern Philippines and the Okinawa campaign in the Ryukyus Chain, receiving six bronze stars.

After serving in the Army, Walter went to work for the United States Forest Service. He started his career with the Forest Service as a heavy equipment operator and retired as a foreman overseeing the construction of debris reduction dams in the Angeles National Forest in Southern California. He retired from the Forest Service in 1974.

In 1975, Walter went to work for Harris and Frank, a clothing and apparel store, in Arcadia, Calif., as a salesman of men’s clothes. He retired from Harris and Frank in 1989. Walter moved from California to Issaquah in 1991 to enjoy his retirement years. He was an avid gardener, receiving the Gold Shovel Award from the Klahanie Homeowners Association. He also enjoyed woodworking.

Survivors include a son, Walter (Judy) Haig II, of Creston, Wash.; two grandchildren, Shannon (David) Wright, of Everett, and Michael (Terra) Haig, of Spokane; two great-grandchildren, Nicole Wright and Victoria Wright, both of Everett; and a sister, Virginia Passehl, of Antigo, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Augusta (Toni), who died Nov. 16, 1999. They were married in Pasadena, Calif., in 1947.

In addition to his parents and wife, Walter was preceded in death by a son, Richard A. Haig; sisters Ruth Haig, Martha Smith, Irene Haig, Lucille Haig and Elisa Haig; and brothers Ervin, Gerhardt “Felix,” Elmer “Jack,” Herbert and Ted.

A great son, soldier, husband and father, Walter will be missed by all who came in contact with him.

Arrangements are entrusted to Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home and Crematory.

Friends and relatives are invited to view photos, the full obituary and share memories in the family’s online guest book at

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