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William S. “ Bill” Huovila


William S. “ Bill” Huovila

July 8, 1917 - Feb. 4, 2014

William S. “Bill” Huovila, 96, beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather (grandpa great), died Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Country Meadows Assisted Living Residence in Woodburn.

Bill was born July 8, 1917, in Kellogg, Idaho, the son of Arne Simonen and Lydia Pekkela Simonen. His father died in 1920 and his mother married Einar Huovila in Spokane, Wash. Einar adopted Bill and his brother Hank. The middle initial of Bill’s name is a tribute to his birth father. The family moved to Metaline Falls, Wash., and then to Grayland, Wash., where the family raised cranberries and where Bill met his future wife.

He graduated from Ocosta High School and attended business school for one year in Aberdeen, Wash. After graduation he worked for FG Foster in the grocery department in cost analysis and then for Ocean Spray Cranberries in Markham, Wash., where he was the manager.

In 1942 he married Thelma Jaattela in Aberdeen. They resided in Grayland. That same year he was drafted and spent four and a half years in the U.S. Army with the 543rd Quartermaster Depot Company. He worked in administration at headquarters in Europe during his entire enlistment.

After his time in the military he returned to Ocean Spray and was a liaison between cranberry growers and the plant. He was also the owner of a cranberry bog in Grayland. In 1951 he and his brother, along with several other families from Grayland, moved to Brookings to become shareholders at Brooking Plywood Corporation. He held many jobs at the plywood company, retiring as head of the shipping department.

Bill was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Lions Club and a 60-year member of the Elks Lodge, where he served as Exalted Ruler.

Bill and Thelma raised their family in Brookings and enjoyed traveling. After retirement they were “snowbirds” and traveled to Mesa, Ariz., for the winter. After Thelma’s death in 1982, Bill continued to visit Mesa, and married Velma Powers in 1984. They moved to Woodburn soon after.  Bill enjoyed sports, especially watching the Seahawks, supporting both the UO Ducks and OSU Beavers and playing golf. He enjoyed traveling and visited Washington D.C., Finland, and the New England states. More importantly, he was the consummate family man and enjoyed visiting with his family and keeping in touch with everyone, always remembering special occasions in their lives.

Bill is survived by daughter Kathy and husband Bob, residing in Albany; daughter Carol and husband Tom residing in Oregon City; grandchildren Kambria Hunter, Albany, Grant Hodson and wife Stephanie, Las Vegas, Scott Buoy and wife Lisa, Corte Madera, Calif., Luke Buoy and wife April, Valleyford, Wash.; great-grandchildren Zachary Hunter, Madison Hunter, Grace Hodson, Smith Buoy, Tatum Buoy, Josie Buoy and Landon Buoy. Also surviving are stepson Michael Powers of Sacramento, Calif., niece Gail Parks of Aloha, and great-niece and great-nephew Trisha and Shane Parks.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Arne Simonen, his mother Lydia Simonen Huovila and his stepfather Einar Huovila; wife Thelma Jaattela, wife Velma Powers; brother Henry Huovila; sister-in-law Edith Huovila; and nephew Dennis Huovila.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Brookings Elks Lodge 1934, 800 Elk Drive. Graveside service and burial will follow at Ward Memorial Cemetery in Brookings.

Those wishing to make a contribution in his name may do so to BPOE 1934, 800 Elk Drive, Brookings, OR.

Cornwell Memorial Chapel, Woodburn OR, assisted the family.

Submitted by the family.


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