Dennis A. Hachler

Born: Wed., Feb. 13, 1935
Died: Wed., Jul. 7, 2010

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Dennis A. Hachler – a resident of Pilot Rock died on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at OHSU Hospital in Portland, Oregon. He was 75 years old. Everyone is invited to a Celebration of Life in honor of Dennis, on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the Roy Raley Room at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dennis may be made to; the Pilot Rock Athletics Program, Umatilla County Historical Society or the Pioneer Humane Society, and may be sent directly, or in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Sign the online guestbook and send condolences to the family at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. A life well lived, Dennis was born on February 13, 1935 in Maupin, Oregon to William T. and Doris B. Kelly Hachler. He was raised in Wapanitia, OR, and attended schools in The Dalles, where he graduated from The Dalles-Wahtonka High School. Dennis attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, and then attained his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Willamette University College of Law in Salem. Mr. Hachler had been a lawyer in Pendleton for 40 years, and owned Dennis A. Hachler Law Office. He married "the love of his life" Elaine Alkio Hachler at Coon Hollow, Hells Canyon on September 2, 1990. His hobbies included collecting antiques and Native American artifacts. He was a very skilled woodworker, and spent some of his free time refinishing furniture pieces. He was a gifted gardener and grew the best vegetables and flowers. Dennis also loved traveling, and had been all over the world. Dennis is survived by his wife Elaine Hachler at the home in Pilot Rock, OR, children; Fred Hachler of Pilot Rock, OR, Mary Jo Hachler of Gardner, KS, and Laura Jim Reger of Pendleton, OR, step-children; Brica Justin Griffith of Worthington, OH, Shawna Tom Dittmar of Ballwin, MO, Ryan Trena Ulicni of Pendleton, OR, and Ashley Ulicni of St. Louis, MO, eight step-grandchildren, and one on the way, and his dog and faithful companion Hallie. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Doris Hachler, and his brother David Wittman.

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Martha Post
   Posted Sat July 10, 2010
My heart felt sympathy go out to all of you in your loss, Dennis was one special person, am glad I got to know him in the years when he lived in PR. before.

Mary Jo Price
   Posted Sat July 10, 2010
Dallas and I are very sad to hear about Dennis' passing. He was an old friend and I always said that if I ever "killed" Dallas I would call on Dennis to defend me ! ! ! Told Dennis that one day and he really laughed !

kathy mcclure
   Posted Sat July 10, 2010
During my divorce, dennis was always there for me. I could depend on him no matter what happen. If it wasn't for dennis i would not have the life i have today. He was such a close friend in any legal matter i had. just talk to him and he would do his best to handle problems that were against you. if he was busy at his work he would make a point to stop and say hi, what can i do to help you at, "my antique shop". he is in my heart today and he will always be missed.

renee caubisens
   Posted Sat July 10, 2010
Perhaps Dennis would laugh at me getting all teary eyed over his passing but hearing his "war" stories over the years and watching him counsel clients in a way that they could really relate to, and watching and learning about hard work and commitment to our legal rights leaves me saddened and in prayer for him and his family.

Bruce Campbell
   Posted Sat July 10, 2010
On behalf of the brothers of the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Chi at Whitman College, I extend our condolences to the family of Dennis. We all have many memories of those college days in the late 50's.

Roger Morris
   Posted Sat July 10, 2010
As a retired Oregon State Police investigator, there was several times I was on the other side of an issue in court with Dennis. He was a very impressive lawyer and I had great respect for him. I always enjoyed conversing with Dennis.

Melvin Christian
   Posted Sat July 10, 2010
He was always there for us and gave us good advice.

Rhonda Coats
   Posted Sun July 11, 2010
Dear Elaine and Fred, I am so very sorry for your loss. Dennis was a great friend and a wonderful mentor to me. I learned something new about the law on every case we worked together, and I always learned something new about life from him. Dennis was a good friend to me and I am going to miss him every day. My prayers are with you and the rest of your family. Rhonda

Jeanne Brace Pike
   Posted Sun July 11, 2010
Dear Elaine and family, Billy and I send our prayers to you and family. May all the wonderful memories you have of your life with Dennis be happy ones and help during this very sad time. Billy & Jeannie

Bill Taylor
   Posted Sun July 11, 2010
I so enjoyed visiting with Dennis. His experiences he shared,, his smile and sly look with a twinkle in his eyes,, and did he enjoy life! Bill & Karen Taylor

Karen Spears Zacharias
   Posted Mon July 12, 2010
Dear Elaine & family: I had such admiration for Dennis.I am devastated to learn of his passing. I just said to Tim recently, I need to call Dennis and have lunch with him. Oh. So many stories he had to tell.. I wish I had written them all down..

Charlene White
   Posted Mon July 12, 2010
I havent seen Dennis very much in the past few years since I retired from the Judicial Department. That doesnt mean I didnt think of him when I had a legal question. He was a good friend to me thru the years. He was a joy to work with and we enjoyed him and his stories. I will miss him very much. I am so sorry for your loss.

Evelyn Lemberger
   Posted Tue July 13, 2010
I enjoyed working with Dennis thru the Judicial Dept. He was always full of stories and enjoyed life. He was a good friend to me and Bruce and was so easy to talk to if you needed legal advice. We will miss him. Evelyn & Bruce Lemberger

Diane Powers
   Posted Tue July 13, 2010
Dennis was not only a guest of the Days Inn - Bend he was also a friend. Dennis will always be remembered by friendly disposition and his smile. When he checked in he always had the time to talk and he would always grab my hand as he was leaving and say god bless. I will miss you Dennis but my memories of you will remain until we meet again. God Bless Diane

Mayanna S. Kopp
   Posted Tue July 13, 2010
Elaine and family, I am so sorry to hear about Dennis passing. He and his family lived beyond my ranch on Whittaker Flat. I knew the children as some of them was in school with mine. They sold that ranch and moved to Pendleton so didn't see much of them. Would see Dennis once in awhile in Pendleton. He was a good man.

Jaimie Goble
   Posted Tue July 13, 2010
My Condolences to the Family, I wish I had taken the opportunity to contact Dennis and get to know him.when I found a few years back that his mother was my grandfather's sister. He truly sounds like a relative to be proud of. My sympathies for your loss. Cousin Jaimie

Jake & Glenda Nash
   Posted Wed July 14, 2010
He was a great guy & done very well at his work. He will be missed very much.

Kathy Dunleavy
   Posted Wed July 14, 2010
As I sit here tonight it seems strange that Dennis will never walk through my doors again. Dennis, Ralph, Ken and myself had many dinners together talking about cases, roundup, Dennis's younger years, his fishing trips, Hallie and the love of his life Elaine. I enjoyed especially when Elaine would come with Dennis. When Dennis would come in the first thing he would do is talk to Missy my schnoodle dog and then tell about how Hallie sits on his desk and how great those little dogs are. Then when eating supper, especially steak, he would sneak Missy a bite or two. Ralph just about flipped, but it didn't bother Dennis. He was a great man and will be missed deeply. He was so devoted and loved Elaine, it was refreshing! I enjoyed working with him, he was a great man and I know he will be missed. Love and Prayers to Elaine

Carmen Christensen
   Posted Thu July 15, 2010
Elaine & Family: My thoughts are with you all. Dennis was one of the "good ole boys" He can chat with Ben in the great beyond.

Tony Scharn
   Posted Fri July 16, 2010
I knew Mr. Hachler only slightly- but he was a great friend to my mother Wilma Scharn while she was employed with the court. She would want to express her condolences if she was able and I wish to do so for both of us. Thank you Dennis for every kindness you showed to Willie.

Ruth Griffin re Goble
   Posted Sun August 22, 2010
I am a first cousin of Dennis.My father Leland Goble was Doris's brother.We knew all about our cousins Dennis and David.We had a picture of the two of them together but we never got to meet them.My condolances to all the family.

Laura and Dennis Nielson
   Posted Sun October 17, 2010
Dennis was a great friend to my parents, Laura and Cephas Buck, of Umatilla, Oregon, both of whom are gone, now. There was a mutual respect and trust between them. I visited Dennis in his office occasionally over the years, and the first thing he would say to me was, "I sure thought alot of your Mom and Dad" or "You sure look like your mother." It was a link back to happy times and wonderful people I loved.

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