Leo W. Hallman Sr., 85, of Sunnyside passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at Grandview Health Care.

Leo was born Sept. 6, 1925 in Wagner, S.D., the son of John and Jennie (Hudson) Hallman.

He received his early education in South Dakota before moving to Moxee, where he went to Moxee High School.

Leo served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945. Following his military duty, Leo returned to Moxee, where he married Maxine Christensen on March 2, 1945. The family moved to Grandview in 1945 and operated a dairy farm.

In 1958 Leo moved to Sunnyside, where he owned and operated the Blue Moon Tavern. Leo also operated The Trophy Lodge in Delta Junction, Alaska and for sometime worked at the Hanford Project.

Leo semi-retired in 1988 to work for various taverns in the valley as a bartender..

Leo was the oldest living charter member of the Grandview VFW Post #6929.

Leo is survived by three daughters, Sharon Hallman and companion, Bill Ingram, and Mary (Jack) Nealy, all of Sunnyside and Karen (Stephen) Elstad of Pendleton, Ore.; one son, Leo Hallman Jr. of Richland; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; two stepbrothers; and one sister.

Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Smith Funeral Home in Grandview. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at 1 p.m., at Grandview Cemetery.

Those wishing to honor Leo's memory may contribute to Lower Valley Honor Guard.

Those wishing to sign Leo's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Grandview is in charge of arrangements.


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