Harold Lyckman

Obituary of Harold Ralph Lyckman

Our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Harold Ralph Lyckman (Hal) finished his journey home on March 24, 2024; Palm Sunday. Today he is in the presence of God!

Harold was born February 15, 1931, at home, in Puyallup, WA. After graduating from Puyallup High School, and serving in the US Navy, Hal completed his degree in teaching at Pacific Lutheran University. He spent all his years teaching Junior High School students in the Sumner School District. During this time, he was active in coaching and scouting. The opportunity to coach was one of the reasons he chose teaching as a career. This was one of his greatest passions, and his claim to fame was the year his football team not only went undefeated, but no opposing team even scored on them.

Hal met his wife Trudy in High School, and they married in 1951. In their nearly 60 years of marriage, they had two daughters, Christy Clinton (Bill) and Cindy Turver (Kim). They had four grandchildren, Alyssa Todhunter (John), Adam Clinton (Tiffany), Kyle Turver (Jessica) and Abby Bergman (Chad), and eleven great grandchildren, Owen, Greta, Colten, Fisher, Grady, Luella, Theodore, Oliver, Luke, Connor and Mason. Family meant the world to Hal and he was their teacher, mentor and role model.

After retirement, Hal filled his time with family, friends, woodworking, construction, working part time at the Puyallup Fair and of course traveling, which included a cruise down the Amazon and regular visits to Hawaii. He and Trudy spent several winters snow birding in Arizona and California. During this time, he added to his breadth of friends. Hal was loved and respected by many.

Hal was preceded in death by his parents, Fred & Bessie Lyckman, his wife, Trudy Lyckman, his siblings Emily Keith (Johnny), Curtis Lyckman, Helen Kirkwood (Keith) and his second wife Evelyn Lyckman.

Hal celebrated his 93rd birthday just six weeks prior to his passing. His birthday wish on his 92nd birthday was to be able to celebrate his 93rd. On his last birthday, we asked if he had a birthday wish. He said he did not. But what he did say is worth sharing. He said, “I have lived such a full and blessed life; I just don’t have anything else to wish for”. That just is a life well lived. And that, dear friends, is our family’s wish for you. That… on your last birthday… you have nothing left to wish for.

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