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Miller-Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

5505 Kitsap Way, Bremerton, WA

OBITUARY

William George Truemper Jr.

September 14, 1953September 6, 2020

William "Bill" Truemper, Jr., 66 of Belfair, WA died Sunday morning, September 6, 2020 at St. Joe's Hospital in Tacoma from the sudden onset of aggressive complications related to previously undiagnosed cancer.

Bill was born to William Sr. and Winnie Truemper on September 14, 1953 in Bremerton and attended Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School in grades K-8. He was a 1971 graduate of West High School, attended Olympic College, and went on to graduate from Washington State University in 1975 before marrying wife, Diane (Payne) on July 24, 1976.

A lifelong resident of Kitsap and Mason counties, Bill and Diane enjoyed their residence at Tiger Lake, hosting many family and friends at Opening Fishing Day parties, BBQs, and countless hours of water sports spent with their two children and in recent years, their four grandchildren. Bill was an exceptionally proud father and grandfather, and much loved by his family. He will be deeply missed.

Bill spent his 44-year career devoted to juvenile social services, beginning as a youth counselor at a drop-in facility on Burwell in Bremerton in 1975. Between 1978-1987, Bill worked with various youth detention services at Community Resources Consolidated (CRC), as a guardian ad-litem, and later for Grays Harbor County Juvenile before finding a home in 1987 with Kitsap County Juvenile Court and Family Services where he spent the next 32 years. Bill retired in the Spring of 2019 as the Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Manager.

Following in the footsteps of his own mother, Bill had a true "gift to gab". Any story worth sharing, he would say, was worth sharing again and always became better when told many times over. Among the stories that seemed to grow with each telling, Bill jokingly campaigned in recent years to be the next Mayor of Gorst, a story he would tell in all seriousness to any unsuspecting listener. This story grew as he was often seen around town wearing his "Elect Bill Truemper" campaign t-shirt, a gag gift given to him by his kids. Another frequently told tale was that Bill uniquely enjoyed reading the Kitsap Sun Obituaries and would then remark, "Just have to be sure I'm not in the paper." Well Dad, today you made the paper.

Bill is survived by his wife, Diane Truemper; son Willie (Trista) Truemper and grandchildren Grace, Lucy, Kate, and Jacob of Bellingham; daughter Lisa (Michael) Scott of Bellevue; siblings Judy (Dale) of Steilacoom; Dan Truemper of Belfair; Mike (Tammy) Truemper and Jane (Mark) Allison of Bremerton; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members.

Due to statewide COVID-19 restrictions, funeral services are to remain private. Please contact the family regarding questions about the memorial service.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, September 18, 2020

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William George Truemper Jr.

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linda almeida

September 12, 2020

Sorry for Your Loss Diane. Hope You and Your family are hanging in there. Linda Hoxit-Almeida

Amy Urlacher

September 12, 2020

Bill hired me more than once at Kitsap Juvenile. I was a probation Officer and Project Coordinator for Alternatives to Detention. He was a great, supportive boss and a kind man. He will be truly missed by many. Thoughts and prayers to family, friends, and all who loved Bill.

charles west

September 8, 2020

Sorry for the loss of Bill. I became a Detention Manager in 2004 and Bill was one of the first to welcome me to the group. He was always a phone call away for good solid advice along with a laugh or two. He was a man of integrity, he had a love for life. I will miss Mr. Bill. May he rest in peace

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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