William Wayne “Bill” Wert

1931 - 2013

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In Loving MemoryWilliam Wayne “Bill” Wert

June 6, 1931 – July 18, 2013

Walla Walla resident, William Wayne “Bill” Wert, 82, passed away July 18, 2013, at Regency at The Park, 420 SE Myra Road, College Place, Washington.

Bill was born June 6, 1931, in Yakima, Washington, to Harry and Irene Wert. He served in the military during the Korean Conflict and maintained a lifelong love for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 1952, he married Irene DeRoin, the love of his life and mother of their five children.

They moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1953. He worked for Standard Oil Company. Eventually, he owned and operated stations for Standard Oil, Chevron and Atlantic Richfield. This was in the days of crisp starched uniforms and caps. The family returned to Washington in 1970. Bill went to work at the Washington State Penitentiary as a correctional officer, retiring in 1993, after 27 years.

The proud maintenance and organization of those service stations carried over to his love of landscaping and home repair. Bill’s flower beds were colorful and weed-free, and his fences were always painted. Bill crafted delightful birdhouses which Irene painted with flowers and vines to give to family and friends. Telling “windys” and jokes around the campfire, as well as frequent pranks on his children and grandchildren, kept us all smiling. /We’ll always love you, Pop./

Bill is survived by his wife; three daughters: Debra (Bob) Austin of Walla Walla; Martha Jean (Dave) Destito of College Place; Susan (Ron) Eloff of Gig Harbor, Washington; his son, William D. “Billy” Wert of Milton-Freewater, Oregon; his sister, Jean Sinclair of Selah, Washington; four grandchildren: Adam and Dustin Jesberger and Justin and Jeremy Destito; and four great-grandchildren: Ella and Sophia Jesberger and Radley and Rosalyn Jesberger. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister, and his son, Thomas G. Wert. A graveside service will be held at Mountain View later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Society, Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center or Walla Walla Community Hospice through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington 99362. Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.

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