Bill Grayum William Charles "Bill" Grayum was born to William Hebard Grayum and Norma Quein Grayum January 25, 1921 in Puyallup, Washington. Bill died at home with his wife Jackie at his side on January 8, 2013 after a short struggle with lung cancer. Many of Bill's stories included fond memories of summers spent with his family on the beaches of Puget Sound. When Bill later raised his own family, he found a similar playground for them, spending vacations at Hunter Point on Eld Inlet and eventually building a home there. Bill loved fishing, boating and mountaineering. During his youth he reached the summits of Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Si, Mt. Pilchuck, Whitehorse, and Mt. Olympus. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle and attended the University of Washington. During World War II he became an Army Air Force Captain in charge of coordinating troop trains and transportation of personnel. His careers were in sales, primarily in the building industry. In his retirement he enjoyed family gatherings, woodworking, gardening and playing bridge. Bill married Gwen Weiser Simmons in August 1945. Gwen preceded him in death in 1997. Bill is survived by his wife of 14 years, Jackie; daughters Jackie Newberry (Robert) of Houston, Nancy Grayum-Riddell (Gene Riddell) of Bellingham and Terri Grayum (Laurie Todd) of Portland; three grandsons: Paul Cone, Adam Cone and Chris Powell; five great-grandchildren and a brand new great-great granddaughter. Surviving stepchildren include Ed Seaman, Terry Kluh (Wally), Liz Shaver (Greg), Pat Johnson, and Ann Salahuddin (Roy Grosserhode). Bill's family and friends will celebrate his life on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the activity center of Colonial Estates in Lacey.
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Published in The Olympian on Jan. 13, 2013