Born in Mount Vernon, Washington on October 24, 1935, William ("Bill") passed away February 11, 2013 after a long courageous struggle with cancer.
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Beloved husband to Judy and father of Diane (Tom Trudnowski) and David Iverson (Sammantha) Morgan and son Matthew. He was Father-in-Law to Erin Iverson and Grandfather ("Papa") to Andrew and Mitchell Iverson (David and Erin) and Hannah Morgan (David & Samm). Bill was the younger brother of Mike Iverson, Anita Shomshak, and the late Patricia Pinkstaff; and Uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Bill grew up on Fir Island, WA with Fir Conway Lutheran Church (where his Grandfather O.E. Heimdahl ministered) central to his formative years. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1953, playing in the All-Northwest High School Band and receiving a music scholarship to Western Washington University. He attended Skagit Valley College.
Bill worked at Hinton's Garage in Mount Vernon before joining the army reserves in 1958, where he was assigned to the 50th General Hospital US Army Reserve. After serving nine years in the reserves he was honorably discharged with a rank of Sgt. First Class.
Bill was hired into the Boeing Company's Everett, WA facility as a model and tool maker in 1957 and soon after transferred to the Seattle Interior Trim Shop. After completing course certification in a new field, in 1962 he transferred to the Seattle Data Processing Production Engineering Group where he witnessed the first 727 airplane rollout.
In 1961, while working in Renton, Bill met a "bubbly" brunette named Judy who worked in the production shop. Smitten, after a short courtship, he married Judy (Billiaert) on October 20, 1962 in a wedding celebrated in the spirit of the Seattle Worlds Fair.
In 1966 Bill was first exposed to large scale IBM and Control Data computers while working on the Super Sonic Transport's (SST) systems processing in Renton. From 1977 forward he served as Computing Systems Lead in various Seattle locations for the Boeing Computing Group. In 1980, he was intimately involved in the installation of Boeing Computer Services' CRAY, at the time the world's fastest computer. With the ramp up of the Stealth Bomber program, Bill joined the "B2 team" in 1985. After the B2 project, he remained at BCS's Bellevue headquarters serving various mainstream and research projects until his retirement from Boeing in 1995 after 38 years.
A member of the Puget Sound Theater Organ Society, he enjoyed playing the organ so much that in 1969 Bill built his own organ from a Schober Organ Kit. Over the years, Bill volunteered his mastery of organ assembly for several Puget Sound organ restorations and relished in the harmonious melodies of those revived instruments.
An old car enthusiast, he owned three vintage Oldsmobile's, including a 1967 Cutlass originally purchased by Judy's dad. He and Judy were long standing members of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Oldsmobile Club of America and assisted in putting on the 2005 National Oldsmobile Show in Seattle. Serving as membership chairman, he met dedicated Olds enthusiasts and made many long lasting friends. Over the years, his Old cars garnered several regional and national show awards.
Ever embedded with a sense of family, Bill shared his Norwegian heritage through his recollection of simpler farm life and love of cooking (especially barbeques) and photos for family gatherings and friendly get-togethers. With Bill, there could never be enough food or drink. In addition, he enjoyed his genealogy hobby, discovering distant relatives and assembling his own family tree. He relished his video collection in his down-time, especially Superman and old time wrestling.
Bill and Judy honored 50 years together in 2012 with a family celebration of their marriage. Bill was a kind and wonderful person and will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 15 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Parish, 314 S. 4th St., Renton, WA. Final Resting place, Fir Conway Lutheran Cemetery; Conway Washington. Graveside service on Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m.
The family would like to thank David & Samm along with the caring staff of Providence Hospice of Seattle for their tireless service and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to this wonderful organization: 425 Pontius Ave.; Suite 300; Seattle, WA 98109.
You may offer your condolences to Bill's family by signing his online guest book at www.kernfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home of Mount Vernon.
Kern Funeral Home
1122 South 3rd Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Feb. 13, 2013