William ‘Bill’ Anderson

August 21, 2012

By Contributor

William Anderson

William ‘Bill’ Anderson, 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 “Ballplayer’s … 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 to Issaquah and married Darlene Overton and had four children: Angie Anderson/Paul, of Santa Barbara, Calif., Bill Anderson/Mallory, of Spokane, Mike Anderson, of Poulsbo, and Diane Carpenter/Michael, of Seattle. Bill is survived by his second wife of 38 years, Helen Anderson, and four step children: Glen Leslie/Jeanine, of Mesa, Ariz., Dale Leslie, of Ellensburg, Robin Bettis/Kevin, of Post Falls, Idaho, and Deb Leslie/Lil, of Crescent, Ore.

He also has 10 grandchildren: Jon Ank, of St. Petersburg Fla., Marc Ank, of Seattle, Samantha Anderson, of Everett, Mikel Selberg, of Shoreline, Nigel Anderson, of Spokane, Barrett Anderson, of Spokane, Jason Leslie, of Mesa, Ariz., Shannon Leslie, of Boulder, Colo., Erin Brodin, of Hayden, Idaho, and Ryan Bettis, of Post Falls, Idaho. Bill also has eight great-grandchildren; a surviving sister in Virginia; sisters-in-law Emily and Lorna; and 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 10 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 League for Football 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!

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 1, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar St., Spokane.

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, WA 99210.

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