William Truemper Jr.
1953 - 2020
BORN
1953
DIED
2020
FUNERAL HOME
Miller-Woodlawn Funeral Home
5505 Kitsap Way
Bremerton, WA 98312
William Truemper, Jr.

William "Bill" Truemper, Jr., 66 of Belfair, WA died Sunday morning, September 6, 2020 at St. Joe's Hospital in Tacoma from the sudden onset of aggressive complications related to previously undiagnosed cancer.

Bill was born to William Sr. and Winnie Truemper on September 14, 1953 in Bremerton and attended Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School in grades K-8. He was a 1971 graduate of West High School, attended Olympic College, and went on to graduate from Washington State University in 1975 before marrying wife, Diane (Payne) on July 24, 1976.

A lifelong resident of Kitsap and Mason counties, Bill and Diane enjoyed their residence at Tiger Lake, hosting many family and friends at Opening Fishing Day parties, BBQs, and countless hours of water sports spent with their two children and in recent years, their four grandchildren. Bill was an exceptionally proud father and grandfather, and much loved by his family. He will be deeply missed.

Bill spent his 44-year career devoted to juvenile social services, beginning as a youth counselor at a drop-in facility on Burwell in Bremerton in 1975. Between 1978-1987, Bill worked with various youth detention services at Community Resources Consolidated (CRC), as a guardian ad-litem, and later for Grays Harbor County Juvenile before finding a home in 1987 with Kitsap County Juvenile Court and Family Services where he spent the next 32 years. Bill retired in the Spring of 2019 as the Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Manager.

Following in the footsteps of his own mother, Bill had a true "gift to gab". Any story worth sharing, he would say, was worth sharing again and always became better when told many times over. Among the stories that seemed to grow with each telling, Bill jokingly campaigned in recent years to be the next Mayor of Gorst, a story he would tell in all seriousness to any unsuspecting listener. This story grew as he was often seen around town wearing his "Elect Bill Truemper" campaign t-shirt, a gag gift given to him by his kids. Another frequently told tale was that Bill uniquely enjoyed reading the Kitsap Sun Obituaries and would then remark, "Just have to be sure I'm not in the paper." Well Dad, today you made the paper.

Bill is survived by his wife, Diane Truemper; son Willie (Trista) Truemper and grandchildren Grace, Lucy, Kate, and Jacob of Bellingham; daughter Lisa (Michael) Scott of Bellevue; siblings Judy (Dale) of Steilacoom; Dan Truemper of Belfair; Mike (Tammy) Truemper and Jane (Mark) Allison of Bremerton; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members.

Due to statewide COVID-19 restrictions, funeral services are limited to 30 people; however, any are welcome to participate in his celebration of life services by gathering with their cars at Star of the Sea Catholic Church in downtown Bremerton on Friday, September 18th at 2pm. A vehicle procession will depart at 2:15pm from Star of the Sea, proceed along Veneta Avenue past Bill's childhood neighborhood, and arrive at Miller Woodlawn Funeral Home for a drive by "honk and wave" graveside celebration where the family will be gathered. The family welcomes any who were touched by Bill to join the procession to honor his memory and then, as Bill would, tell the story repeatedly.



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Published by Kitsap Sun from Sep. 12 to Sep. 15, 2020.
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Sep
18
Celebration of Life
2:00p.m.
Star of the Sea Catholic Church
, Bremerton, Washington
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Dear Diane, Dear family,

Elana and I consider ourselves fortunate to have met Bill at his home, 'The House that Bill Built', at Tiger Lake, affording us a glimpse of his special personality, his humor, his hospitality and his BBQ skills.

We had hoped to have a chance to see him here on a visit to Israel, and to take him on a 'Grand Tour', with Diane.

We sincerely believe that your prayers in Washington State conjoined with our prayers, here, in the Holy Land, shall be accepted in Heaven and that Bill is now being warmly embraced by our Dear Lord.

Who knows, they may be exchanging stories, perhaps at our expense, embellishing and improving, "gabbing" away merrily, and the only regrets we have are that we never had the chance to know him better.

May he rest in peace and may you, his loved ones, know no more sorrow,



Elana and Morry
Elana & Morry Sivan
Friend
September 19, 2020
Dear Diane, Dear family,

Elana and I consider ourselves fortunate to have met Bill at his home, 'The House that Bill Built', at Tiger Lake, affording us a glimpse of his special personality, his humor, his hospitality and his BBQ skills.

We had hoped to have a chance to see him here on a visit to Israel, and to take him on a 'Grand Tour', with Diane.

We sincerely believe that your prayers in Washington State conjoined with our prayers, here, in the Holy Land, shall be accepted in Heaven and that Bill is now being warmly embraced by our Dear Lord.

Who knows, they may be exchanging stories, perhaps at our expense, embellishing and improving, "gabbing" away merrily, and the only regrets we have are that we never had the chance to know him better.

May he rest in peace and may you, his loved ones, know no more sorrow,



Elana and Morry

Elana & Morry Sivan
Friend
September 19, 2020
One of my all time favorites at the Kitsap Family YMCA. Rest in Peace, Bill....
Bill Hupe
Friend
September 17, 2020
My condolences and prayers of support to Bill’s family. Bill always had a kind word for me. A true gentleman.
Jon Brossel
Coworker
September 16, 2020
Garth Kofoed
September 16, 2020
Bill, it was an absolute pleasure working with you as a Kitsap County Deputy Sheriff and later as a criminal defense investigator. You always had the best interests of the kids at heart. You were polite but firm and, yes, you did have the gift of gab!

It is sad to hear that you have moved on.
Robert C Zornes
Friend
September 16, 2020
I would like to offer my condolences to the Truemper family and to let you know you are certainly in my prayers.
Bill and I considered each other friends so today, I salute my friend and bid him farewell. Rest In Peace my friend.
Willie Mitchell
Friend
September 15, 2020
Billy was part of my life growing up. He was the older brother of my best friend Janey. He was always sweet and funny. My grandpa (Who was a Bremerton policeman) was lucky to have Bill lookup to him as a boy. Bill will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Such a loss. RIP Billy.
Kristy Kirkwood
Friend
September 15, 2020
Linda Seymour-Sweet
September 15, 2020
So sorry for not only the Truemper family, but so many others in our community. Without the limit, so many people would attend the commemoration of Bill’s life and his dedication to others. His legacy will live on for years to come.
Joel Wannebo
Friend
September 14, 2020
Bill was a colleague that traveled with me to Chelan a few times for the Detention Managers Conference. He was always sharing stories about his family and had a large quantity of love for family, friends and career. He was a class act and a soft-spoken gentleman. He will be missed but always remembered with fondness and respect.
Dave McGovern
Friend
September 14, 2020
Sad news. I knew Bill from working together. He was a terrific guy, sweet and very smart. Our community needs for, not fewer, of people like him.
David Wotruba
Friend
September 14, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. My love and prayers are with your family, Diane. May God give you comfort and peace as you go through this journey.
Naomi Faucett
Acquaintance
September 14, 2020
My sincere condolences to all of the Truemper family. I would frequently see Bill at the Courthouse and he always had a good word to share. It’s a shame he has passed so young.
Guy Beckett
Acquaintance
September 13, 2020
I knew Bill from Star of the Sea where we were altar boys. He always had a gift for gab and loved his stories. He is gone from this world too soon.
Craig Henderson
Friend
September 13, 2020
Billy! Can’t believe this news. What a great guy, even as far back as high school. Diane, I grieve with your family. So, so sorry.
Laurie (Justason) Serdahl
Classmate
September 13, 2020
My thoughts are with you. Spent many hours with Bill at WSU and because of Bill changed my major to Soc. Went on and earned my MSW and enjoyed 40 some years as a Medical Social Worker. Bill will be missed by many and remembered by many.
Wayne Beckett
Friend
September 13, 2020