WILLIAM JOHN WESTENHAVER
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June 6, 1925-
December 14, 2016

He was a bright light that did not dim with age.

There were no strangers to Bill, only people he had not yet met.

Born in Aberdeen, Wash., to Charles and Olga (Benson) Westenhaver.

Billy was an only child who grew up in Aberdeen and later southern California when there were still some wild places. He loved the ocean, bays, lagoons, and backwaters that were prevalent back then.

He joined the Navy at the age of 17 and served in the South Pacific during WWII. He loved to draw and would always include drawings and artwork with his letters back home.

After the war, he married Patricia Jean Frank and started a family in southern Cal.

He worked for Union Oil and attended LA Art Center on the GI Bill.

Once he graduated from Art Center, he packed up the family, which now included sons Jerry and Kim, and moved to Washington.

After several fits and starts, he settled in Mount Vernon where son, Ty, was born.

It was here that Bill, along with cousin Robert Post, Jr., created Witco Decor Inc., a furniture manufacturing company that operated for approximately 20 years, until 1979.

Witco furniture is unique, collectible, and speaks to his prolific talent.

Bill continued with his art, painting, printing, and carving throughout his life. His artistic journey was chronicled recently in the beautiful art history book, "Tiki Modern and the Wild World of Witco."

While we, his family, always loved his creative works, he never looked back. He always looked forward to new endeavors.

Bill loved Skagit County, and in particular, Guemes Island. He would own a place on Guemes the rest of his life. The cabin on Guemes is a bonding point for four generations of Westenhavers.

He loved music, dancing, Husky football and golfing . . . badly.

William was a warm, gregarious and welcoming man who loved family, friends and life. He was truly loved by all.

He was preceded in death in 2006 by his dance and golf partner and wife of 59 years, Patricia.

He is survived by his loving companion Lillian Reggiatore, sons Jerry (Lea), Kim (Christy), Ty (Joyce); grandchildren, Heather (Ken) Pleasant, Jared (Mindy) Westenhaver, Jesse Willette, Todd (Anna) Stuart, and Stacie (Ryan) Moore; and great-grandchildren, Hazel, Hanna, Makenna, Gabby, Brody, and Blake.

A memorial is planned at a later date.

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Published in Skagit Valley Herald from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2017.
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May 6, 2017
Our condolences to the Westenhaver family on your loss. We have so many memories of Bill, who became a close family friend after dad, Del Cummings, built the Mount Vernon hillside home for Bill and Pat in the early 1960's. We still cherish the many original artworks Bill created for dad!
MaraLei Cummings/Nelson
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February 1, 2017
I continuously admire your painting of La Conner you gave to my Father. It is displayed affectionately in my Georgia home. The colors so bright and vivid. The boats so quiet and serene. Such a talented and kind man. My condolences to your family.
Katherine Bannister
January 10, 2017
We had a special connection with Bill back in the 70's & 80's. We loved watching he and Pat dance together, and we loved his work. In 1980 we commissioned Bill to carve a "Tiki" which held up the main beam in our home that we were building in Shelter Bay. My husband, with the help of friends got a huge log from a beach, and Bill took it to his home and carved it for us. He was quite adamant that it should be a happy Tiki...and that it was. It was the focal point of our home, and quite a topic of conversation. We loved it, and we loved working with Bill. His smile was contagious. I will attempt to scan a picture of it later. God bless him.
Claudette Gubrud
January 9, 2017
A great man who inspired many by his small acts of kindness.
Dale Albert Johnson
Dale Johnson
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