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.