March 8, 1932 – June 11, 2014
Phillip Haller Cushing passed away peacefully on June 11, 2014. Hal, as he was known, was born in Woodland on March 8, 1932, to Phillip and Kate Cushing and was a 1950 graduate of Woodland High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, was discharged in 1955 and began his 35-year career in the Department of Plant Pathology at UC Davis. He married Rosie Perata in 1958, and together they had two daughters, Susan and Katie.
Hal was an avid gardener and loved sharing his vegetables and flowers with friends and neighbors. He was liked by many people and could strike up a conversation with just about anyone. He was a master at the card game, Rummy, and was well known for clichés such as “Chicken today, feathers tomorrow!” He was the caretaker and watchdog of Oakside Drive, picking up neighbors’ newspapers and mail and watering their yards while they vacationed. Hal was a kind and generous soul to all who were lucky enough to know him.
An outdoorsman, Hal enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a member of Ducks Unlimited, and a lifelong member of the California Waterfowl Association, the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the University of California Retirees Association. He was also a member of the USS McKean Reunion Association and the Retired Public Employees Association of California.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rosie Cushing; his daughters, Susan DiTomaso (Joe) and Katie Howell (Scott); son-in-law, Jim Webster (Jen); and four grandsons, Tyler and Joe Webster and Tom and John Howell. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Imbrie; nephew, Chuck Klenzendorf; niece, Carol Owen; and several more nephews and nieces.
Graveside services will be private. A reception will be held Friday, June 20, 2014, at 12:30 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. Memorials may be made to Yolo Hospice, 1909 Galileo Place, Davis, CA 95618; the California Waterfowl Association, 1346 Blue Oaks Blvd., Roseville, CA 95678; or to the donor’s charity of choice.