Robert D. "Bill" Courage
Born: Seattle, WA, October 19, 1924
Died: Normandy Park, WA, February 9, 2013 Preceded in death by father Robert, mother Caroline, and wife Barbara Gaudette Courage
Bill was deeply loved by everyone who knew him. He had a generous spirit and gregarious personality. The memory of his bawdy wit will endure.
Bill grew up during 'the great depression' with his younger brother Jack, and mother Caroline, at the foot of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. Those were lean and difficult times.
Bill attended Sacred Heart Grade School and O'Dea High School, from which he graduated in 1944.
Bill was a star athlete in high school, selected by the Washington State coaches as the "back of the decade," 1940-1949. He earned eleven 'letters' in high school, starring in football, basketball, and baseball. He was inducted into the O'Dea High School "Wall of Honor," an acknowledgement of which he was very proud.
Immediately after graduation from high school, Bill was drafted into the Navy during WWII, serving on the USS Patrick.
After his discharge from the Navy, Bill was awarded a scholarship to play football for Santa Clara University. Subsequently, he played Minor League baseball for: the Stockton Ports, of the California League, 1949; the Great Falls Electrics, of the Pioneer League, 1949; the Spokane Indians, of the Western International League, 1950; and the Portland Beavers, of the Pacific Coast League. His position was catcher.
Bill married Barbara Louise Gaudette, of Yakima, WA, on February 15, 1949.
Bill and Barbara purchased their first home on Beacon Hill, where they were active members of St. Edward's Parish. They later moved to Rainier Beach in Seattle, where they lived for forty years before retiring to Puyallup, WA. They attended St. Paul's Church in Rainier Beach, and Holy Disciples Church in Puyallup.
For nearly fifty years, Bill worked for Pitcher Brothers Carpets in Seattle's University District, starting first as a carpet installer, and then as a salesperson.
Bill meticulously maintained his lawn and beautiful yard, a source of immense pride and solace for him. He shared his love of music with his family and was a great dancer.
Bill and Barbara are survived by their six children: Karen Wuotila (Bob), Kelly (Dianne), Todd, Troy, Kurt (Debi), and Mary Burnett (Rob); as well as sixteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Bill will be profoundly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Bill's funeral will be held Tuesday, February 19th, at 11am, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Seahurst, Burien, 15226 - 21st Avenue S.W., Burien, WA 98166. (Reception immediately following.) Burial will be at 2:00 PM at Calvary Cemetery, 5041 - 35th Avenue N.E., Seattle, WA, 98105, following the funeral.
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Published in The Seattle Times from February 16 to February 17, 2013
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