William Robert VanNoy passed away peacefully on June 15, 2021, while in hospice care at Montesano Health and Rehab in Montesano, Washington after a long battle with diabetes, kidney failure and other health complications, at the age 69. He is survived by his wife, Karen, and their son, Gharett.
William “Bill” VanNoy was born August 20, 1951 in Tacoma, Washington to Helen and Ed VanNoy, with siblings Marie and Jim. He attended Federal Way High School, then Pacific Lutheran University.
He worked for many years as a merchant seaman. He was a crew member on various ships, sailing along the California coast, around the Hawaiian Islands and to Alaska, Russia and Japan.
He met Karen Britton and then married her on June 15, 1991 in a ceremony at a campground on the Ohanapecosh River. They had one child, Gharett VanNoy, born August 29, 1993. Bill lived in Grays Harbor County for 32 years and in their country home in Montesano for 23 years.
Despite many long-term health issues, Bill remained cheerful, loving, and humorous throughout his life. He touched the lives of everyone he met, especially those of his loved ones and family. He had a deep and enduring love for nature and the wilderness, and spent his life traveling, hiking, birding, hiking and discovering the most our world had to offer. .
Private family services have taken place. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the National Wildlife Federation https://support.nwf.org/.
The cremation arrangements were in the care of Twibell’s Fern Hill Funeral Home in Aberdeen, Washington.