William Trumbell

William A. “Bill” Trumbull, 65, longtime resident of Whidbey Island, died at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, following a brief illness.

Mr. Trumbull was born May 2, 1937, in Seattle to Richard S. Trumbull and Opal (Moore) Trumbull. He lived in Seattle for 10 years, after which he moved to Coupeville with his family. His parents ran the San de Fuca Store and Post Office for many years. Bill attended Coupeville High School, and then entered the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1955 through 1959.

On Oct. 22, 1958, Bill married Mary Faith Meeker in Peoria, Ariz. They resided in Arizona until 1965, when they returned to Whidbey Island. Bill was employed by Maylor Ford and Libbey Construction before returning to Berg Ford, where he worked as a transmission specialist for 29 years. He enjoyed motorcycles, cars and taking the family RV on trips, especially as a snowbird to Arizona. His greatest love was his family, and most especially his grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his wife Mary Faith; his four children, Wayne Trumbull and wife Karlyne and Brad Trumbull and his wife Shelli, all of Oak Harbor, Julie Hummel and husband Jeff of Peoria, Ariz., and Brenda Daley and husband Jason of Langley; seven grandchildren, Kirk and Nichelle Trumbull, Alexis and Aaron Trumbull, Jacob and Jared Hummel and Seth Daley; his brother, R.L. “Dick” Trumbull of New York City; his aunt Opal Meeker of Oak Harbor; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; also by his sister Jeanne Gamlen and granddaughter Jennifer Hummel.

A memorial service celebrating Bill’s life will be Wednesday, March 5, from 2 until 5 p.m. at Coupeville Recreation Hall. In keeping with Bill’s wishes, private family inurnment will take place at a later date, with scattering of his cremated remains over Puget Sound near Fort Casey. Memorials may be made to Cardiac Care at St. Joseph Hospital, c/o St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, 800 E. Chestnut, LL1, Bellingham, WA 98225. Services and cremation are under direction of Burley Funeral Chapel. This obituary may be viewed at http://burley.plan4ever.com.

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