Dewey “Duke” Arthur Hollingsworth, a 56-year resident of Edgewood, WA, was called to his eternal rest with the Lord on December 25, 2022. He was 89 years old and enjoyed a full life amongst his family, friends and the wilderness of his beloved Pacific Northwest.
Duke was born on February 16, 1933, in Pacific, WA, to Arthur and Nellie (Howell) Hollingsworth. He is survived by his wife Audrey, three sons and their wives Kevin (Lori), Terrence (Kwan) and Cristopher (Leslie), 8 grandchildren and his two brothers (Pat and Bill). His youngest brother (George) preceded Duke by joining our Lord in September, 2011.
Growing up in Pacific, WA, Duke attended Auburn High School and excelled in baseball, batting .451 during his senior year. That year he was selected to the All Puget Sound Team as a 3rd baseman.
Upon graduating in 1951, Duke joined the United States Air Force. He became a tail gunner on the B29 Superfortress serving as a Senior Airman in the 98th Bomber Group. He spent 4 years in the USAF serving in the Korean War. During that time, he earned his Air Crewman Service Badge, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal, The National Defense Medal and his Good Conduct Medal.
While working for his brother Bill in California, Duke met and married Audrey Young on November 19, 1960, enjoying 62 years of marriage. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business. He and Audrey settled in Seattle, WA to start his career in banking.
Duke started his career in banking at Peoples Bank in Seattle as a loan officer. Over the next 30 years he remained in the banking industry working for Valley National Bank in Auburn and Puget Sound National Bank in Orting serving in various management and executive roles. From 1973-1974 he served as the President of the Kiwanis International Foundation local Auburn, WA Club.
Throughout his entire life, Duke was an avid outdoorsman who could be found hunting, fishing and enjoying the beauty of Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. Some of the fondest family memories took place in the outdoors and especially during the annual summer vacation events of packing up the kids into the station wagon (later the Jeep) with the family trailer and hitting the road across the Western United States. He instilled a love for enjoying and caretaking the wilderness across his entire family that endures today.
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." – H D Thoreau
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:30am, Saturday, February 18, 2023 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Tacoma (4519 112th Street East, Tacoma, WA 98446). Memorials may be given to the endowment fund for Pacific Lutheran University or the Auburn American Legion Post #78.
"Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." - Hebrews 12:2 (ESV)