Bill Bergquist

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William Robert "Bill" Bergquist Bill Bergquist died October 17, 2013 in his Olympia home with his family by his side after a ten-year challenge from lung cancer, brain tumor and diabetes. He was born in Montague, MA on September 9, 1940, the oldest of five children, to the late Robert and Ann Bergquist. Bill grew up in Orange, MA and attended public schools, where he was an excellent high school athlete lettering in baseball, basketball and football. He entered Western Maryland College in the fall of 1958, majoring in Economics and, again, displayed his athletic abilities by lettering in both baseball and football and was co-captain of their championship football team. After graduation in June 1962, he entered the US Army as a commissioned officer in the Signal Corps. He completed initial officer training followed by service in France and Germany and in Vietnam where he served with the Special Forces Green Berets. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, and Army Meritorious Unit Award. Bill remained in the US Army Reserves from 1967 until he retired as a Colonel in 2000. After his active US Army service, Bill and family established themselves in the Lacey/Littlerock/Olympia area while he went to work for the State Auditor's Office. He earned his MBA and later established himself as a respected CPA, owning his own firm and eventually retiring as a principal partner with Frost & Company. Bill cared deeply about the people he worked with and the clients he worked for, more than the work itself. He was a member of the Lacey Rotary Club and Lacey Chamber of Commerce, serving as president of both organizations. He also served for many years on the Community Board of the Cedar Creek Corrections Center and was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. Bill always enjoyed his daily morning coffee gatherings with friends at Denny's in Lacey and continued that routine during his retirement. He was an outdoorsman who mastered big game hunting and fishing and enjoyed horseback riding with the Southwestern WA Regional Appaloosa Horse Club. Bill participated in six annual 100-mile trail rides with a special group of riders who followed the path of the last retreat of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians. Unfortunately, he was unable to complete the full 1300 miles of the Last Retreat, as was his intent. Bill was also an avid fan at the sporting events of his children and grandchildren. They all display the "Bergquist" competitiveness, a family trait. Bill married Barbara Hess in Germany in 1964 and they were married for 49 years. Bill is survived by his wife Barbara; his sons Bob and wife Shannon of Olympia, Dan Hess and wife Sara of Rochester, his daughter Brie and husband Troy Oestreich of Spokane; mother Ann Kimball of Delray Beach, Florida; sister Sandra Ligotti (John) of Delray Beach, Florida; brother Gary (Ann) of Seattle, WA; sister Gail Grabins (Garry) of Leaf River, Illinois; brother Glenn (Kim) of Marion, MA. He is also survived by four granddaughters Katie, Abbey, Mackenzie Bergquist and Chloe Hess; as well as two grandsons, Trevor Oestreich and Nolan Hess, and his beloved Chocolate Lab Maggie. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at South Sound Manor, 455 North Street SE, Tumwater, WA on November 1, 2013 at 2 p.m., with a reception afterwards. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to either "Founders Scholarship" at Mahar Regional High School Fish'n Game Club, 507 South Main Street, Orange, MA 01364 (Bill was the first president of the club and the scholarship was founded in his honor); or the Lacey Rotary Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 5850, Lacey, WA 98509-5850. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.FuneralAlternatives.org. Arrangements are with Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Tumwater, 360-753-1065.

Published in The Olympian on Oct. 29, 2013
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