William (Bill) Willard Sr.

January 8, 2013

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William (Bill) Willard Sr.

William (Bill) Willard Sr., of Issaquah, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. He was 94 years of age.

Mr. Willard was born Jan. 23, 1918, in Seattle, the son of William and Margaret Willard. He was raised in Seattle and moved to Issaquah with his wife Peggy in 1940. After his early working years as a butcher, he joined Sunde & d’Evers, Seattle ship chandlers as a buyer. He later joined Ralston Cunningham Associates, a Seattle manufacturer’s representative agency, retiring as president in 1983.

He was an avid gardener his entire life and could usually be found tending to his plants. He was particularly fond of rhododendrons, and many in his garden equaled his own age.

Survivors include his son William Willard Jr., of Issaquah; daughters Elizabeth Schrag, of Auburn, and Martha Snowden, of Issaquah; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In accordance with his wishes, no services will be held.

The family suggests remembrances to the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society, P.O. Box 40536, Bellevue, WA 98015-4536.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.

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One Response to “William (Bill) Willard Sr.”

  1. Darlene Trudeau on January 19th, 2013 10:23 pm

    Bill Willard is and will forever be my “UNCLE BILL”!

    I use to work for a company that he represented in Washington. (American Cord & Webbing. Co. Inc.). When I worked at ACW, I was responsible for the Sales Reps and Bill quickly became MY FAVORITE!

    A very friendly and kind man, Uncle Bill made me feel special when the owner of ACW treated both inside and outside sales reps to dinner during a meeting in Rhode Island. I was not escorted and Uncle Bill scooped my arm and said, “Darlene is my date tonight!”

    I will forever love MY UNCLE BILL and miss him dearly each and every day!


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