Wally Lorisch

December 29, 1948March 17, 2019

Wally passed away peacefully on March 17th, 2019 after an incredible fight to live 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.

A resident of Lakebay Washington, he 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 he chose to be a Finish Carpenter and worked for many high end builders. He was the best in his field.

Wally enlisted in the Air Force in 1971 and was honorably discharged in 1977. He was based at McCord Air Force Base as a jet engine mechanic and part of the 62nd OMS (MAC).

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.

We miss him terribly but know the Lord has welcomed him with open arms and he is happily soaring.

He is survived by his wife Karen of 49 years of Lakebay WA. Daughter Amie of Portland, Oregon. Son Nick of Bellevue, Wa, Granddaughter Kai of Portland, Oregon and his brother Henry Loresch and his wife Kay of Sequim, Wa as well as "Sidney the cat". He also leaves behind a wonderful loving extended family of sister in law's, brother in law's, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncle's and cousins.

In Lieu of flowers please make a memorial contribution to ASPCA or your choice of any animal related cause.

All are welcome to attend the services for Wally that are held at Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home.


11 May

Memorial Gathering

2:00 pm

Acacia Memorial Park & Funeral Home

14951 Bothell Way NE
Seattle, Washington 98155

Reception to Follow

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Karen Lorisch

April 23, 2019

Amie's graduation from Portland State

Nick Lorisch

April 19, 2019

Dad. What can I say?? From day one, before I even remember we were already best friends.

That Never changed! From Feeding the go cart sprite to Mt. Si hotdogs. From the “Buried pine lake ghost’s treasure” to gliders at marymore, campfire brauts and even pitying tha foo!

I am so lucky to see so much of you within my self and I will absolutely cherish that every day for the rest of my life. I truly hold that sacred! When ever I need to talk to you I know I can always stop and hear your voice. You are TRULY my hero, my best friend and above all else the best damn man I could ever have asked to know, love and learn from. For that I do and will continue to thank God every day.

I miss and love you so much Dad! There is a part not just of me but my soul as well that is now gone and will never, for the rest of my days, be complete again. I take great comfort In knowing you are still here, watching over us and keeping us safe- as always. I will see you again Dad, that I know for sure. I love you!!

Meet you by the gates.

Debbie Sullivan

April 16, 2019

Thank you for being the big brother I never had. You gave me advice with a smirk. You were a master at your talent, no one better. My house reflects your work and it brings joy and wonderful memories.

You are loved and missed. Until we meet again..........

Love and miss you,

Sara Adams

April 16, 2019

I have wonderful memories of Wally at the Lorisch house and Kachess cabin. I have really enjoyed reflecting on them.

Kathy Smith

April 12, 2019

Wally will be in our hearts and memories forever for his helpful, kind heart, easy laugh and overall enjoyment of life.
God Bless your journey Wally and know Karen will be taken care of by each of us you touched with the joy of knowing you.

Kathy & Pat Smith


Kai and Boppa at Point Defiance Zoo August 2018


Kai and Boppa at Point Defiance Zoo August 2018