Richard Tolley Jr


Richard Tolley Jr
Feb. 2, 1968 - March 11, 2012

Richard Patrick Tolley Jr., 44, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2012. Richard was born Feb. 2, 1968, in Oakland, Calif. He moved with his family to Walla Walla at an early age, and attended Walla Walla area schools. He was a 1986 graduate of Walla Walla High School.

After high school Richard went through basic training in the Navy and spent some time in the Navy Reserves. After his release from the Navy Reserves spent the rest of his career being a chef and kitchen manager in many places in the Walla Walla and Seattle areas. He had been featured in newspapers and magazines throughout his career. Most recently he was the kitchen manager at the Green Lantern Tavern.

Richard enjoyed fishing with his friends and nephews, and enjoyed spending time outdoors gardening. His favorite thing to do was spend time with his daughter Hailey. They loved watching movies and going to the park together, and every chance he got he spent with her. Richard also loved to cook for his family, especially during the holidays.

Richard is survived by his mother, Anne Tolley of Walla Walla; his father, Richard P. Tolley Sr. of Milton-Freewater; daughter, Hailey L'Hueruex-Tolley of Seattle; two sisters, Jennifer Vaughn of Roackaway Beach, Ore., and Cathy Hunter of Pocatello, Idaho; three nephews, Jeffrey Vaughn, Tyler Vaughn and Cole Rand; three nieces, Natasha and Deva Hunter and Miranda Tolley; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Christopher Tolley; grandparents, John and Mary Redunski and Bill and Wilma Tolley; uncles, Brother James Redunski, F.M.S., John Redunski and Michael Tolley.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial contributions be made to the Richard Tolley Memorial Fund through the Herring Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA.

Services will be held Tuesday, March 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Herring Funeral Home and will conclude at the Dayton City Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book at


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