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William Niles Strew

Jan 10, 1955 - Jan 10, 2018
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 Our father and grandfather, William Niles “Bill” Strew, passed away at his home in Yakima on January 10, 2018.

Born on January 10, 1955 in Palo Alto, California, Bill attended Redwood High School. Upon graduating in 1973, he enlisted in the Army. He served as a Specialist Four for the Directorate for Intelligence, J-2, supporting the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was stationed in Germany: for six months at Lindsey Air Station in Weisbaden, with the European Defense Analysis Center, then at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, when it was co-located with U.S. European Command (EUCOM). During summer vacations, he stayed with family in Châteauroux and Villefranche-de-Rouergue, France. He served as courier to two NATO supreme allied commanders, Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster and his replacement Gen. Alexander Haig. For his meritorious work for J-2 at EUCOM, Bill was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal in 1976, the year he was honorably discharged from active duty.
He returned to California and worked for the Social Security Administration in San Francisco, where he met and married Teresita “Techie” Roque in June 1981. They moved to Yakima, where much of his extended family on both the Bjur and Strew sides lived, the following July. He retired in 2005.  
Bill’s time in the Army (translating) and Social Security (interviewing) kindled an enduring love of both the German and Spanish languages. He also loved golfing and devouring volumes on European and American history, and his steel-trap memory gave him an encyclopedic, pointillistic command of Hollywood’s golden age. With his daughter-in-law he shared a deep interest in photography, which led him to post his regional landscapes on Flickr, join the Seattle Photographic Society, and collect vintage cameras. He was fond of bygone artifacts and ways of life: slide rules, historical Bibles and catechisms, pocket watches, typewriters, fountain pens, and corresponding by letter. His handwritten letters, often written in green ink, exhibited a distinct, elegant Spencerian script that he taught himself from penmanship manuals as a child.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Washington native Verna Strew (Bjur). He leaves behind two sons: William “BJ” Strew and wife Chau Nguyen, and their son Bennett, in Houston, TX; and Jeffrey Strew in New York, NY. He is also survived by his close friend and former spouse Techie and his sister Kathe Arrington of Grants Pass, OR.
A Requiem Mass will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Paul Cathedral (15 S. 12th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902), followed by a reception to celebrate Bill’s life in the Parish Hall. All are welcome to attend and share memories of Bill. He will be interred at Calvary Cemetery where Military Honors will be rendered on Monday at 9:00am.

Funeral Information

Funeral service

Jan 20, 2018:10:00

St. Paul Cathedral

15 S. 12th Ave Yakima WA 98902




Calvary Cemetery

1405 S 24th Ave Yakima WA 98902