April 24, 1930 – Sept. 12, 2013
Bill Whalen was born April 24, 1930 in Cody to William Carroll and Maude Showalter Whalen. He died Sept. 12, 2013. Bill went to O’Dea High School in Seattle for a year, then transferred to Lovell High School in 1948. He played football for the University of Washington for two years.
In 1950, Bill answered the call to fight in the Korean War and joined the Wyoming National Guard 300th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, known as the “Cowboy Cannoneers.” Bill drove a fuel truck on the front lines. He returned home and continued his education at the University of Washington, graduating in 1955 in business administration.
Bill met Barbara Thorp in Bremerton and married the love of his life on Aug. 20, 1955. Bill went on to work for Cascade Distributors, Ramset, Cox Construction and Seco. In 1985 he started his own business and called it Coast Construction Supply and made it the successful company it is today. During those years he and Barbara were blessed with nine children: Bill Jr. (Noni), Deanna (Doug), Tom (Linda), John (Kimberly), Joan (Don), Mina (Tony), Rob (Sheila), Steve and Gregg.
Bill is survived by his wife Barbara of 58 years, eight of his children, brothers Patrick (Sidney), Michael (Phyllis) and James (Kathleen) and his sister Kathleen Whalen (Dennis) Lowell. He is also survived by his stepmother, Ruth Jensen Deardeuff and his stepfather, Vernie Deardeuff, 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Carroll Whalen, mother Maude Showalter Whalen, his son Steve and his grandson Elijah.
To honor his life there was a Memorial Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church in northeast Seattle on Sept. 28, 2013.