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Richard Timothy Pettyjohn

June 1, 1943 – November 5, 2023

On the evening of November 5, 2023, Richard Timothy (Tim) Pettyjohn was called home to be with his Heavenly Father. Tim was born June 1, 1943, to Howard Pettyjohn and Louise Fausti Pettyjohn Love in Vancouver, Washington, becoming the fourth generation of the local Pettyjohn pioneer family. He led a life as a husband, father, farmer, mechanic, drag racer and so much more. Tim attended Prescott schools growing up and graduated from DeSales High School in 1961. While in school, he played football and baseball and was active in FFA. In February of 1962, Tim married the love of his life, Dollyjean Orchard, together raising four children. That same year, he took over the operation of the centennial Pettyjohn Farm, which he operated until 1985. Tim took pride in his operation and the family history behind it.

Outside of farming, Tim enjoyed reading, dancing, drag racing, singing, traveling and working on cars. His passion for cars led him to open Tim's Auto Service, his mechanic shop. He also worked for Abajian, Teague Ford, Valley Diesel and Wheco Fleet Services in a variety of roles. Tim was committed to his community- belonging to multiple clubs and boards of directors. These included the Columbia REA Board, Prescott Lions Club, Elks Club and the Walla Walla County Conservation District Board.

Throughout the entirety of his life, Tim was a devout Catholic. He was an active member at St. Mark's in Waitsburg where he served as a lector. He later became a member of St. Francis of Assisi where he served as a lector and on the Parish Council. He also sang in each of the church choirs.

During their retirement, Tim and Dollyjean traveled with their RV and boat, joining their friends in fishing, camping and boating. Tim is survived by his wife Dollyjean Pettyjohn, daughter Kim (Ron) Julian, sons Michael (Kriss), Keith (Michelle) and Howard (Teresa), his ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother David. There will be a Rosary held at 9:00 a.m. and a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. for Tim on November 21, 2023 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Walla Walla. A reception is to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to KHSS Holy Spirit Sanctifier Catholic Radio or the church of your affiliation.


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