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William Bill Rademaker Jr.
1942 - 2019
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William "Bill" Rademaker, Jr.

1942 ~ 2019

Bill passed away on April 26, 2019, after facing health challenges for several years with a strong spirit, his never ending humor, and his positive attitude...an inspiration to his many friends and family.

Bill was born on August 19, 1942 in Crosby, Minnesota to Dr. William and Eileen (Rylander) Rademaker - the intersection of two families with strong Scandinavian roots. The family soon moved to Tacoma, WA, so that Bill's father (Doctor Bill) could help with the war effort and a need for good doctors in the Puget Sound area. Young Bill soon began a new life of adventure in the beautiful outdoors of the Pacific Northwest where a love of fishing, hunting and outdoor sports of all kinds filled the busy Rademaker household.

Bill attended Stadium High School and then moved on to Wilson High School when it opened in his junior year. At Wilson High, 'Rada' became a true leader with his desire to head projects and served as Student Body President. Bill went on to the University of Washington, where he would form lifelong friendships, played intramural basketball, and joined ROTC and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He followed this with a Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law.

Following law school, Bill moved to Seattle to join the Securities and Exchange Commission, investigating white collar criminals. He soon met his future wife, Mary (Bebe) Boeing, with whom he fell deeply in love. They were married in 1975 and a new chapter in his life began with Bebe, and their two sons William (Will) and Randolph (Randy), who brought great pride and joy to their Mom and Dad.

Bill went to work as General Counsel for William Boeing, Jr. where he worked for nearly thirty years developing commercial real estate, and managing ownership of radio-stations and various private enterprises. Bill served as a Board Member for The Museum of Flight, The Commerce Bank, and as Visiting Committee member to the Department of Economics at the University of Washington. He chaired the Board of the Seattle Children's Home, and served as President of the University Club. He never missed a soccer game, baseball game, basketball game, ski lesson, or rowing regatta of his sons while they were growing up.

Bill is survived by his two sons, Will and Randy, his sister Mary Meier (Jim) of Portland, OR, his stepsister Nancy Fishburne of Tacoma, WA, his stepbrother Joe Gordon Jr. of Tacoma, WA, his sister-in-law Thelma Rademaker of Bremerton, WA, his Grand-sons Thomas and James of Bellevue, WA, and several much loved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Bebe, his parents Dr. William Rademaker and Eileen Rademaker Gordon, his stepfather Joe Gordon Sr., his older brother John Rademaker and his younger brother Chuck Rademaker.

A memorial celebration of life will be announced in the near future. Contributions in loving memory of Bill to your favorite charity would bring him joy.

Godspeed Bill...you have left us all with beautiful memories. We will miss you dearly.
Published by The Seattle Times from May 9 to May 10, 2019.
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I learned with sadness of Bills death. Great friend. Richard Guy
May 19, 2019
Bill was a wonderful guy with a great personality, he was loved by many, including myself.
He had such a talent to "light up" a room in greeting everyone by name and an affectionate personal quip.
I will always associate Bill with my time(s) in Seattle. It began and ended with him.
I miss him.
Kevin Teismann
May 15, 2019
Bill was a client for twenty plus years. He was blessed with a head of thick wavy hair. His visits were regular and his appearance was understated. Our conversations were always interesting and challenging. It was a red and blue thing. Bill always brought an interesting perspective to our conversations. He shared stories of travel, one I found particularly interesting involved dove hunting in South America. From shotgun to boots and special evening meals with good friends, always felt like a page from a Hemingway novel. My condolences to William and Randy and all family and friends.
William Collier
May 15, 2019
My sincere condolences to the entire Rademaker/Gordon Family. I have very fond memories of Bill and will miss having him in my world.
Mary Jo Strom Copland Anderson
Mary Jo Strom Copland Anderson
May 14, 2019
So sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort be with the family at this time (John 6:40).
May 10, 2019
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