William "Bill" Brayton
William "Bill" Brayton died peacefully of old age on his 93rd birthday, February 25, 2013. He lived at Josephine Sunset Home in Stanwood, WA with his wife, Yvonne. Bill was born February 25, 1920 in Seattle to Raymond and Doris Brayton. He attended Ronald School through 8th grade and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1938.
Bill joined the Washington National Guard November 30, 1939, to protect the Puget Sound area. He was mobilized into the Army in February of 1941, as a member of Battery D 205th C.A (AA), a Coast Artillery Anti Aircraft unit. He was a Warrant Officer (JG) motor officer for 235th Combat Engineers Battalion within the 1108 Engineer combat group of the 5th Army, from 1941 to 1945. While at Sidi Bel Abbes in North Africa in 1943, he received the first Commendation Citation of anyone in his battalion, for rescuing a truckload of Italian POW's whose truck had overturned and was pinning several of them under the truck. While in Italy, Bill said he had a ringside seat to watch the bombing of the Monastery at Monte Cassini and did a tour of the Vatican. Bill was awarded the Bronze Star
Medal for his service during WWII.
Bill, a member of Ronald Methodist Church, operated Aurora Cold Storage in North Seattle from 1947 until 1969. He was a volunteer for the Shoreline Fire Department for 39 years and was Volunteer of the Year in 1970.
The fire department had dances at the Masonic Temple at 185th and Linden in Seattle, where he and Yvonne loved to dance. He built a summer cabin in Utsalady Bay, WA and enjoyed fishing on his one day off each week.
The couple retired to Camano Island after Bill ran Pete's Appliance and Sewing Machine in Alderwood Manor and Edmonds and he also sold real estate. The couple recently celebrated 70 years of marriage in 2012.
Bill had a keen sense of humor, but was a quiet guy who waited to speak until he could toss a zinger of a joke at the end of a conversation.
In his later years, he enjoyed his computer and crossword puzzles.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Jack Brayton.
He is survived by wife, Yvonne; his brother, Neal Brayton of Virginia; three children and their spouses, Terry and Donnie Brayton of Camano Island, WA, Vicki and Leri Loiseau of Ellensburg, WA and Kristi and Chuck O'Harran of Mill Creek, WA; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Yvonne takes great comfort in the following verses: Precious Lord, take my hand. Lead me on, let me stand. I am tired, I am weak, I am worn. Through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light. Take my hand O Precious Lord, and lead me home. When my way grows dreary, linger near. When my life is almost gone, hear my cry, hear my call. Hold my hand lest I fall. Take my hand Precious Lord, lead me home.
At their request, no services are planned. Feel free to write to Yvonne at Josephine Sunset Home, 9901 272nd Place NW #220, Stanwood, 98292.
Donations would be appreciated at Shoreline Historical Museum, Box 55594, Shoreline, 98155 or to Providence Hospice, 2731 Wetmore Ave., Suite 500, Everett, 98201.