William Van Mechelen
1924 - 2018
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William Van Mechelen William Van Mechelen (Ole Griz) was born August 12, 1924 he passed away November 6, 2018. William's mother was from Italy his father was from Mecklenburg, Belgium, Ole Griz was born in Seattle. William volunteers to go in to the Navy in 1944. He survived our country in WWII from 1944 to 1947. Ole Griz was one of three survivors of the USS Kete. He was taken off the submarine in March of 1945 due to illness. The USS Kete went down and was lost at sea with 87 sailors on board. William enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. He wrote six books and worked with cedar as a hobby. He had a few different jobs before he found his calling as a Real Estate Broker. He retired at the age of 45. Ole Griz enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Telling Tom Thumb stories and making up magic tricks for fun. William is survived by his son, William C. and his daughter, Maureen; grand-children, Adrian, his wife, Dawn, TeAnna, Jennifer, Angela and Brian; his great grandchildren, Kortny, Katie, Aja, Zena, Brendan, Christina, Olive and Caden. Preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, daughter, Deborah and grandson, William Lee and his parents. Ole Griz was laid to rest at GAR cemetery in Snohomish WA. In lieu of flowers feel free to do a donation in his name to Sarvey Wildlife Care Center, 13106 148th St NE Arlington, WA 98223. http://www.sarveywildlife.org

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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Dec. 7, 2018.
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September 25, 2020
I loved this man like a father , he was the best friend I ever had. He gave me guidance , my life turned out great because of him. I will remember him till the day I die and hopefully when I leave this earth he will be there to greet me.
John Cusano
December 12, 2018
December 12, 2018
Uncle Bill is sailing through to his afterlife and loving his reunion with All his family and friends that left before him... Bless him and love him... Until we meet again.. Your Angel Niece... I still have all your drawings and books... Cherish those forever..
Bev Spears
December 10, 2018
Brotherhood of the Dolphin
To the Mechelen Family,

On behalf of the Charleston Base SUBVETS and Swamp Fox Chapter SUBVETS WWII, I offer you our sincere condolences on William's passing. We grieve with you on the death of your loved one and our shipmate. The SUBVETS will have your family in our thoughts and prayers. There is no expiration date on the back of our dolphins and Wililam, who earned his 'fish' when he qualified on submarines during World War II, will always be remembered as a Brother of the Phin, a member of our Greatest Generation, and a great Patriot. BRAVO ZULU SHIPMATE!!

(SS) William Van Mechelen
US Navy WWII Submarine Veteran
Now on Eternal Patrol
Sailor Rest Your Oar
Your Shipmates Have The Watch

Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate

Charleston Base Submarine Veterans
Nick Nichols, MTCM(SS) USN Ret.
Base Chaplain
Nick Nichols
December 8, 2018
I miss you so much Papa, please give the rest of the family kisses from me... till we meet again someday I Love You
December 7, 2018
Dear Bill and Maureen. I am sorry to hear of your loss. I send my condolence accompanied by many memories of times when we were neighbors.
Mary (Dixon) Clemmer
December 7, 2018
i wish I had met this Man...as he seems like a Awesome guy....sounds like he had a great life...
carolyn lunn
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