Laurence Wayne Halling, age 87, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, March 24, 2011, in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Wayne was born September 14, 1923, in Washougal, Washington, son of the late Conrad and Janette Halling. Wayne was a member of the Washougal High School drum and bugle corps, which won the Washington State championship in 1937. Wayne became a dance band drummer and started his professional career at the age of 17 in Portland. He played drums for almost 70 years. Wayne joined the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in military concert and dance bands in New Orleans, San Francisco, and aboard ship in the Pacific Ocean.
Wayne received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Lewis & Clark College, where he achieved notoriety for displaying his sense of humor in the orchestra. His jokes included playing a symphonic cymbal crash with two trash can lids and frying an egg on a Bunsen burner in the back of the rehearsal room while counting measures waiting for a percussion part to commence. Wayne married Jane Constance Taylor on September 11, 1952. Wayne was a well-loved elementary school teacher at West Sylvan School and Tualatin Elementary School, teaching 4th grade. When he retired in 1983, Wayne volunteered as an English as a Second Language tutor at Portland Community College and joined the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.
In the last two years of his life, Wayne was lovingly cared for by Octavia Nightingale and Mariana Schmidt in Lake Oswego, Oregon, at Lucky’s Home Adult Care Home.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Jane, Portland, OR; his son Conrad and wife Joan Cook, Somerville, MA; his son Charles and wife DeAnna, Portland, OR; and his son Laird and wife Leanne, Beaverton, OR; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Kenney, Somerville, MA; Lynn Kenney, Howland, ME; and Edward Kenney, Logan Halling, Claire Halling, and Emma Halling, Portland, OR. Wayne was preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Kenney, in 1991.
A private memorial service has been held. The Reverend Marshall Wattman-Turner officiated. Burial will be in Washougal Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice Care of the Northwest for their loving help and support.