Wilhelm Lee (Bill) WURST

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  • "New him when I worked in Tech Center; a great man..."
    - Larry Ridgley
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    - Bill Powell
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    - Chi Hsieh
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On June 23rd, 2014 Bill passed away after a short illness with his beloved and devoted wife, Edith by his side. He was born in Whitefish, MT. to Karl and Mildred Wurst. He was 77 years old. Bill is survived by his wife Edith, his son Phil, his wife Jacqui of Molalla, Oregon and his daughter Karen, and her husband Craig, of Grass Valley, California. He was blessed with one granddaughter, Kristin. He was predeceased in death by his wife of 40 years, Joyce. They met while he was working on a summer job during college and were married one week after Bill received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. In 1961 he graduated with his Masters degree also from Montana State University. While earning his Masters he and others founded Montronics. Two and a half years later the company was bought by John Fluke. That was when Bill landed a job with Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto as Design Engineer, Project and Product Manager. In 1973 he relocated to Santa Rosa and eventually retired in 1992 as a Division General Manager. In his retirement he served on the Board of satellite communications companies in the U.S., U.K and Taiwan. During this same time he developed his consulting firm. While he was still with Hewlett Packard he was very involved with the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce in many different capacities. Bill was a proud supporter of the local arts. He served on the Wells Fargo Center of the Arts Board of Directors from 1999 to 2004. He was a most generous supporter over 20 years' time. When the Honorary Board was established 2009, he enthusiastically signed on to be of help, offering insight and sage advice for the last five years. Throughout his retirement he enjoyed traveling all over the world. He belonged to the Royal Dornoch Golf Club in Scotland where he visited yearly. He loved to golf and was a long time member of the Men's Club at the Bodega Harbour Golf Links. Bill enjoyed working in his shop and was a skilled woodworker creating many beautiful pieces. Bill will be missed by many especially his family. They will travel to Montana to put him to rest in a private service. Friends are invited to a celebration of Bill's life on September 5th, 2014 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center of the Arts. Donations in remembrance of Bill may be made to the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa 95403. Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral and Cremation Services 707-525-3730
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from July 4 to July 7, 2014