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William Wheelock Dobler

April 29, 1935 - June 8, 2017

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William W. "Bill" Dobler April 29, 1935 - June 8, 2017 William W. "Bill" Dobler was born in Everett, WA on April 29, 1935, to Clare and Louise Dobler. He graduated from Everett High School in 1953 and Washington State College in 1957, with a degree in Business Administration and as a 2nd Lt. in the US Army. Bill married Beverly Karola of Tacoma, WA in the summer of 1957, and they returned to WSC in the Fall so Bev could finish her Education degree while Bill worked on his Master's degree and taught accounting...

William W. "Bill" Dobler April 29, 1935 - June 8, 2017 William W. "Bill" Dobler was born in Everett, WA on April 29, 1935, to Clare and Louise Dobler. He graduated from Everett High School in 1953 and Washington State College in 1957, with a degree in Business Administration and as a 2nd Lt. in the US Army. Bill married Beverly Karola of Tacoma, WA in the summer of 1957, and they returned to WSC in the Fall so Bev could finish her Education degree while Bill worked on his Master's degree and taught accounting labs. In 1958, Bill served active military duty in the Artillery School in Oklahoma for six months and then served seven more years in the reserves. After completing active duty Bill, returned to Bellevue, WA, where Bev was teaching school, and he went to work for Moss Adams accounting firm in Seattle as a CPA. In 1963, the family moved to Everett to assist Bill's father with the family business, C.C. Chaffee Co., and later worked for Luther Child Center (now Compass Health). During those years, and for the remainder of his life, Bill invested much of his time and energy to community organizations. He served on numerous committees at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, at the Everett Rotary Club, on the Everett City Council (1968-1973), on the Providence Hospital Board, as a foster parent for 12 years (for over twenty children), and as a coach for youth soccer, baseball, and basketball teams. Bill was involved in the formation of Cocoon House and Dawson Place. He also served as Fire Commissioner for Tulalip Fire District 15 for 20 years. Bill spent summers at his beloved Mission Beach, and in 1990 moved there permanently, regularly hosting children, grandchildren, his friends (and friends of friends), and he enjoyed walking the beach with the families' dogs. Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Beverly; and by daughter, Kristin (Ned) Gebert; son, Bob (Lizbeth) Dobler; daughter, Karol (Matt) Wilson, daughter Diane (Ryan) Mortenson; foster-daughter Debbi Towner; and seven grandchildren: Bob, David, and Peter Gebert, Claire and Luke Dobler, Anna and Nate Wilson. Bill's only sibling, Charles Dobler, died at age 13 of Polio. Bill ("Grandpa") had a true heart for service, and he found joy in improving the lives of others. He had a positive impact on the individuals and the organizations he touched, and he will be missed by many. May his legacy be our efforts to follow his example and continue serving others. A celebration of Bill's life, followed by a lunch reception, will be held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017. In lieu of flowers, memorials are welcome for the capital building projects for Cocoon House, Everett YMCA or Our Savior's Lutheran Church.