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William "Bill" Bernard Linse

Dec 1, 1937 - Mar 30, 2017
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 William “Bill” Bernard Linse passed away on March 30, 2017.  He valiantly and courageously battled a seven-month war with lung cancer, which in the end overtook him.  He was at home surrounded by his loving family.

 
Bill was born to Bernhard “Ben” William Linse and Helen Miriam (Chapple) Linse on December 1, 1937, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, now Yakima Regional Hospital. After his father worked for a year on a leased orchard and bills were paid, there was $200 left to live on and care for his family.  Since Boeing was not hiring at the time, he moved his family in 1940 to the LA Basin, where he began working for Douglas Aircraft as a mechanic and the war effort. 
 
This began Bill’s deep love and fascination of airplanes.  From the age of three, he could tell by the sound of the airplane what kind it was.  Soon after, he began building plastic and balsa wood airplanes.  This has been a lifelong hobby of his up until his passing.
 
Shortly before World War II ended in 1944, Bill’s Dad was hired on with United Airlines at San Francisco International Airport.  The move took them to San Bruno and then to San Carlos, where he graduated from Carlmont High School in 1956.  
 
As a little boy growing up, he always wanted to become a pilot, but during an eclipse while he was in grade school, the teacher told the students to cover their eyes.  Well, little Billy wanted to see what was going on, but in doing so, his retina was damaged – thus preventing him from ever becoming a pilot.  
 
He and his family always enjoyed camping and fishing in the Northern Sierra Mountains of California.  This was a time of relaxation for them, a time to discover their deep love for the outdoors and God’s beautiful earth.  While traveling, he would relate his knowledge of geology and the way the Earth was formed to others.
 
After he graduated from high school, he attended San Jose State University, but left after a year because of bad grades.  He then enlisted in the US Army, doing his basic training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma.  He was a member of a M1 155mm “Long Tom” cannon crew.  During this time, he felt like he lost a portion of his hearing. After the Army, he went to work for the US Geological Survey, where he helped survey the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Returning to San Jose State University, he had a better perspective on life and knew that he wanted to study Civil Engineering.  He then went on to the University of California at Davis for his Masters of Civil Engineering in Hydrology.  During the summers, he would work fighting forest fires throughout California.  After graduating, he went to work for the California Hydrology Department in Sacramento, but always wanting to return home to Yakima, WA where he would spend his summers as a youth.  Finally, in 1965, he got the chance, he was hired by the Washington Department of Highways (now WSDOT) to work out of the Yakima area.  They were building the Interstate System, and he was to be a part of that.
On March 5, 1966, at the Westpark Evangelical Church Choir practice, Bill met the love of his life, a Miss Sandra Jean Morton.  They were married a short five months later on August 14, 1966.  This past August they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and renewed their wedding vows.
 
In the 50 years together, they enjoyed; going to the car races, the Hydroplane Races in the Tri-Cities (Pasco, Kennewick, & Richland, WA), camping in their camper then graduating to a motorhome, and fishing.  Bill loved fly fishing, one particular trip he got to fly fish the Montana Rivers of the Yellowstone, the Gallatin and the Clark Fork.  
 
For the past 25 years, a passion was to go to the Reno National Air Races.  They parked their motorhome at the St. Michaels Catholic Church who had camping and dining facilities.  Thus, being there 25 years, they have made friendships with many wonderful people.  These people have been an amazing help in the past few weeks.
 
Since retiring in 1998, his building of plastic models exploded.  He loved watching on eBay the status of Identification Models and what time was left on them.  Each trip they would go on, he would always take his airplane pictures.  One such trip, Sandy was mad that he took more pictures of airplanes than of what they did.  
 
While dating Sandra Morton, Bill and his parents flew back to Detroit and he picked up a brand new 1966 White Ford Mustang.  This car was the start of his love for Ford Mustangs.  He subsequently bought a second one, a 1966 Mustang convertible in the late 1970’s.  Both cars were treated as his children.  In the early 1990’s, he was in a parking lot and struck up a conversation with a fellow Mustang enthusiast, Audry Haynes, who had just had their first Mustang meeting, and Bill started attending meetings after that.  The Sun Country Mustang Club was formed for enthusiasts in the Central Washington area, Bill was the President for a time.
 
In all his ups and downs, Bill’s faith in his Lord Jesus Christ has always been his rock on which he stands.  With his strong and steady faith, Bill was called by God to help in the church in various ways.  He sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, was the Financial Secretary, served as usher, and played on the Church’s baseball and softball teams.  
 
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Sandy Linse of Yakima, WA, daughter Valerie Linse and son Ben Linse, both of Yakima, WA, and step-daughter Lori Ann Cummins (husband Dennis) of Puyallup, WA. Bill is also survived by his Sister, Mary Helen Lovett of Dayton, WA, her sons Dennis and Andy Lovett, also of Dayton, WA, and her daughter Kathy Armentrout (husband Scott) of Walla Walla, WA. Bill also has three grandchildren, plus numerous nieces and nephews in the local area not including close relations in the surrounding area.
 
A Celebration of Life will be held at Open Bible Christian Center on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 12:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hearts for Nepal c/o Brookside Funeral Home (PO Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936).
 

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Apr 18, 2017:12:00 p.m.

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2701 W. Lincoln Ave., Yakima, WA 98902

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