Walter “Bill” W. Wollam Jr. passed away July 20, 2012, at his home in Brookings, surrounded by his family. He was 88.
Bill, as he was known to family and friends, was born in Illinois to Walter W. Wollam Sr. and Eunice (Caldwell) Wollam.
Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served for three years during World War II including combat service in the South Pacific, and was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Bill married Doris Marie in 1945; they recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.
Bill was a watchmaker, and he and Doris owned and operated jewelry stores in Azusa, Calif., and Glendora, Calif.
They retired in 1978 and moved to Brookings where Bill became an avid salmon and steelhead fisherman. He was involved in the Association of Northwest Steelheaders. He enjoyed playing golf, and was an accomplished artist, doing woodworking, building furniture, and working with stained glass. In later years he became interested in compiling his personal and family histories, wrote memoirs, and enjoyed learning and using technology to collect, organize and preserve photos to share with future generations. He and Doris have been active members of Grace Lutheran Church in Crescent City for many years. Bill never liked to be idle and will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife Doris of Brookings; sons Walter “Bill” Wollam III (Patrice) of Prescott, Ariz., Robert Wollam (Kathleen) of Smith River, Calif.; daughters Nancy Hazelett (Stafford) of Beaverton, Patty Egan (Brian) of Waldport. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, sister Margery Itzen of Brookings and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents – pioneers in the Brookings-Harbor lily bulb industry; granddaughters Jessica and Tammy; and brother-in-law Hank Itzen.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 188 E. Cooper Ave., Crescent City, CA 95531.
A private family memorial service was held.
Condolences may be expressed online a www.redwoodmemorial.net.
Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.