Obituary: Anderson, William
ANDERSON, William “Bill”
Longtime resident of Issaquah and Spokane passed away peacefully at Hospice House of Spokane on July 31, 2012.
Bill was born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 1932 and moved to Issaquah as a young child. He became a star athlete at Issaquah High School and lettered in football, basketball, tennis and baseball. He was given the nickname of “Willie” by coaches and fellow athletes. His coaches described him as a “Ballplayers… ball player” that hustled at everything he did.
After graduation Bill went into the Navy to join his brother, Orville. He was stationed in San Diego on the Rochester Ship during the Korean War from 1951-1954. He was awarded the United Nation Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and Korean Service Ribbon.
Bill returned back to Issaquah and married Darlene Overton and had four children: Angie Anderson (Paul) of Santa Barbara, CA, Bill Anderson (Mallory) of Spokane, WA, Mike Anderson of Poulsbo, WA and Diane Carpenter (Michael) of Seattle, WA. Bill is survived by his second wife of 38 years, Helen Anderson and four stepchildren: Glen Leslie (Jeanine) of Mesa, AZ, Dale Leslie of Ellensburg WA, Robin Bettis (Kevin) of Post Falls, ID and Deb Leslie (Lil) of Crescent, OR. He also has ten grandchildren; Jon Ank of St. Petersburg, FL, Marc Ank of Seattle, WA, Samantha Anderson of Everett, WA, Mikel Selberg of Shoreline, WA, Nigel Anderson of Spokane, WA, Barrett Anderson of Spokane, WA, Jason Leslie of Mesa, AZ, Shannon Leslie of Boulder, CO, Erin Brodin of Hayden, ID, Ryan Bettis of Post Falls, ID. Bill also has eight great-grandchildren and a surviving sister in Virginia, sisters-in-law, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Bill worked at Issaquah Lumber and retired from the sales department of Palmer G. Lewis Building Supply in Kenmore and Spokane. He decided he didn’t like being retired and went back to work for another ten years as a swing shift custodian at West Valley High School. This was perfect for him because he was around kids and all the sport activities that went on during his shift. Bill was a very active coach in the Youth Football League in Issaquah for many years. His interests and hobbies were fishing, camping, the ocean, skiing, woodworking, being outdoors, watching youth sports and you can’t forget about his last wish to go play penny slots at the Casino! Memorial service will be held September 1, 2012 at: First Presbyterian Church 318 South Cedar Street, Spokane Washington at 2:00pm.
His impact on others will truly be missed
and he will be remembered by many!
In Lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice House of Spokane at P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, Washington 99210.