Harold Houston “Hal” Hickenbottom, 85, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2007, in Tigard, Ore., due to causes related to age.

He was born April 12, 1921, in Zillah to Frank Houston and Mae Elizabeth (Gray) Hickenbottom. He attended school at Zillah until 1935, then graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1939. He played American Legion Baseball for five years and was on the varsity baseball, basketball, track and football teams.

He served during WWII in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1939 through 1945. He spent three years in Panama, then, as an Air Force Lieutenant. He served with the 513 Bomb Squadron, 376 Bomb Group, 15 Air Force in Italy as a bombardier flying missions in B-24s over Germany and Austria from January through May 1945.

He retired from Carpenter’s Union Local #22 in San Francisco in 1986 and moved to Corvallis, Ore. in 1990 and to Beaverton, Ore. in 2003.

He was very active in the Sunnyvale, Calif. area coaching Little League baseball for many years. He also coached AYSO soccer and was an avid high school baseball and football fan. He was also a very active bowler and golfer.

He was married in 1960 to Patricia Ruth Miller in Reno, Nev.

Hal is survived by his daughter, Barbara Alison Graham of Salem, Ore.; two sons, Philip Frank of Friday Harbor and Houston Harold of Tigard; one sister, Doris Mullin of Walnut Creek, Calif.; his grandchildren, Alison, Erin, Melissa, Parker and Cole.

He was preceded in death by Patricia Ruth in 2002; and his brother, Kenneth in 2005.

At his request, no funeral or memorial services will be held. Interment will be held at the Hickenbottom family plot at Zillah Cemetery.

Harold “Hal” requested that contributions be made to: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, P.O. Box 19024, Seattle, WA 98109. Aloha Funeral Home and Crematory in Beaverton, Ore. is in charge of arrangements.


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