July 17, 1946—July 6, 2019
Bill Stevens passed away July 6, 2019 at home in Kelso after a two-year battle with cancer. He was born on July 17, 1946 in Ilwaco, WA to Chester and Josephine Stevens. He was the youngest of four children. He graduated from Ilwaco High School in 1964.
Bill moved to Longview in 1964. He attended LCC and then joined the National Guard. In 1965, Bill started working at Longview Fibre Company and worked there for 36 years until he retired in 2001. He worked as a millwright for most of those years. He enjoyed 18 years of retirement.
Bill married Karen Larson on October 18, 1969. On May 12, 1973, they had twin girls. Bill and Karen were married 3 months shy of 50 years.
Bill enjoyed hunting and clam digging, but fishing was his favorite pastime. He loved taking his friends and family fishing and he always let them reel in the first fish. He enjoyed watching others catch fish as much as catching them himself. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends at their cabin in Ocean Park, WA, and traveling to Yuma, AZ for the winter. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and Eagles.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and a brother.
He is survived by his wife, Karen; two daughters, Michelle (Kevin) Graham and Stephanie (Tom) Stanton. Also surviving him are four grandchildren, Hailey Graham, Katelyn Stanton, Kyle Stanton, and Coltin Graham. All of his children and grandchildren live in Longview.
At Bill’s request, we are having a celebration of life at the Moose Lodge, 921 Washington Way, Longview, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Family and friends are welcome to join us for food and memories of Bill. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Community Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 2067, Longview, WA 98632 or donate to www.chhh.org. Arrangements are under the care of Steele Chapel at Longview Memorial Park.