David â€śSonnyâ€ť Loyal Hallam, age 79, a lifetime resident of the Kettle Falls and Colville communities, passed away on July 23, 2013 at his home. Dave was born on June 16, 1934 in Old Kettle Falls, the son of Loyal O. and Ellen (Hockersmith) Hallam.
David began his early years in Bossburg and then moved with his family to Mingo Mountain near Kettle Falls. Dave attended school at the small schoolhouse on Mingo Mountain before beginning grade school in Kettle Falls. He graduated in 1955 from Kettle Falls High School after taking the opportunity to work in the woods for a short time. Dave returned to the woods following high school and then enlisted in the U.S. Army. Dave was honorably discharged from the Army and returned to Kettle Falls in 1957. While in Kettle Falls, he served in the U.S. National Guard Reserve while owning and operating his logging truck business. In the early 1970â€™s, he also purchased and operated two Texaco service stations, the first at the intersection of Old Kettle Falls and Highway 25 South in Kettle Falls and the second in Colville at Birch and Main Street.
He sold the service stations and began work for Vaagen Brother as a heavy equipment operator. The latter half of his career was with Mike Pernsteiner and Pernsteiner Logging. Dave enjoyed working with heavy equipment and finished his nearly 20-year career in the timber industry in 1994. He was a gifted mechanic who used his abilities to rebuild old tractors during his retirement. He could fabricate, rebuild and redesign tractors to nearly any need or specification of their owners.
Dave was a good man who took great pride in supporting his family. He placed great value in friendship and cared deeply for his family. He found great joy in sharing the humorous and often humbling antidotes from his childrenâ€™s youth. Dave was also known to purposely wear non-matching outfits on occasion to embarrass his teenage daughter and niece. He spent many long hours tinkering in the shop with working partner â€śD-8â€ť the cat. Dave valued a day filled with projects of varying size, long conversations about old cars and time spent nose deep in western novels. He instilled, in the heart of his family, the value of hard work, a good joke and a welcoming smile.
Dave was preceded in death by his brother, Stan Hallam.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Hallam, at the home; children, Leroy Hallam, Texas, Ron Hallam and friend, Denise Harris), Colville; Teresa Hallam, Auburn; Peter Hallam and wife, Lorie Sandaine, Colville; siblings, Leslie Hallam and wife, Lucille, Kettle Falls; Janice Benson and husband, Lyle, Medical Lake; Eugene â€śBobbyâ€ť Hallam, Colville; 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for David â€śSonnyâ€ť Loyal Hallam began at 1 p.m., July 27 at the Danekas Funeral Chapel in Colville.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Stevens County Ambulance.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.