Earl was a welder by trade, a trade he learned in the Navy. Because of his thin stature he was able to slide into small places to weld airplane motors. When he was discharged from the Navy, he went to work for Paul’s welding shop in Goldendale, where he worked until the shop closed. He then went to work for the aluminum plant and worked there until a heart attack and broken leg he received at the plant caused him to retire. Earl loved horses, collecting guns, and trading cars. His Jeep and his little dog Pepper were his pride and joy. Earl had many health problems in recent years but still kept his sense of humor. He could find something funny is most anything. The last few years he had a caregiver so he was able to still live in his home. She cooked and baked for him and spoiled him and he loved it.
On Jan. 3 he was admitted to KVH for the flu and died Jan. 4 from complications of it.
Earl was a quiet, kind and gentle man who would help most anyone in need. He loved family and was a good friend to his friends. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church and The American Legion. He was so proud of his service to his country and you never saw him without his Navy hat.
He leaves behind his sister Darlene Pritchett who cared for him (along with his wonderful caregiver Katrina Philips and others who filled in); Darlene’s daughters and Earl’s nieces, Jeanette Pritchett and Judy Macdonald and their families; two sons, David Hamllik and Micheal Hamllik; one grandson, D.J. Hamllik; a nephew, Josh Hamllik and family, who shared power of attorney with his sister Darlene for Earl’s care and safety; his niece, Milissa Gallegos, and family; a sister-in-law, Kathy Merry; one aunt, step-children, step-grandchildren and many cousins and a host of good friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his parents, one brother, Alford Hamllik, Jr., and David and Micheal’s mother, Zella. He will surely be missed by all.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Goldendale. Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. Please send condolences to the family at http://www.gardnerfh.com.