Bill Fowler


Oct. 8, 1928 - July 1 2010

Bill G. Fowler, longtime resident of Federal Way, passed away at his home on July 1, 2010, surrounded by his family. He was born Oct. 8, 1928, in Wagoner, Okla., to Arthur J. and Eula Byrd Lightfoot Fowler, the seventh of 10 children. The family moved to Walla Walla in 1929. Bill was a proud graduate of Washington School in 1944, Walla Walla High School in 1948 and Whitman College in 1954. He earned his
master's degree from Seattle University in 1974. Bill loved football; he was selected captain of the Wa-Hi football team his senior year; he and another teammate were awarded a trip to the Rose Bowl. While
playing for Whitman, he was nominated Little All American and received the Niles Trophy, which is presented to Whitman's most outstanding and
inspirational football player. Bill was an educator. His first two years of teaching/coaching were
at Forks, Wash., on the Olympic Peninsula; then at Morton, Wash., where he met his wife, Vonne. After
he and Vonne were married, he returned to school at the College of Puget Sound (UPS) to complete his required fifth year of education. During that year he was a substitute for the Tacoma School District
and worked as an assistant football coach at the College of Puget Sound. After completion of his fifth year of education, he was hired by the Highline School District, where he spent the remainder of his
30-year teaching career. His numerous activities included teacher, coach, student activities coordinator, vice principal, and driver education instructor extraordinaire.
During retirement Bill's greatest joy was time spent with his grandchildren; he was always planning a "fun-educational" experience for them. They visited the Football Hall of Fame; Washington, D.C.;
Hawaii; the Amish Country; train trips; ferry rides; camping on the beach and museum visits, to name a few. He did save a little time to indulge Vonne. He was a longtime member of Calvary Lutheran Church,
where he taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, served on the Church Council and was instrumental in establishing the Bell Choir. He
also was a member of the Washington Education Association, Washington Traffic Safety Education Association and the Walla Walla Elks Lodge.
Bill is survived by his wife of 52 years, Vonne; daughters, Teresa, Paula and Suzanne; and his
adored six grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters, Mable Brian, Maxine Amen and Dorothy Erdman, all of Walla Walla.
A celebration of Bill's life was held Saturday, July 10, 2010, at Calvary Lutheran Church, Federal Way. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church, 2415 S. 320th St., Federal
Way, WA 98003; Highline Cancer Cente, 16233 Sylvester Road S.W., Burien, WA 98166; or charity of your choice.


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