William Paul Cowals

June 6, 1927September 15, 2015

Born in Yakima, WA on June 6, 1927, passed away September 15, 2015 in Poulsbo, WA. Parents were Hazel Harkness Cowals and William Max Cowals and had a sister Catherine Cowals Bennett.

Originally a home owner in West Seattle, he and his wife Lucille, moved to a home they built in Poulsbo on Liberty Bay in 1969.

Bill spent his early years in Yakima, WA and in 1936 moved with the family to Coulee Dam when his father joined the Bureau of Reclamation as an engineer on the Grand Coulee Dam building project.

His high school years were spent attending the Lakeside School in Seattle, living in the dormitory and commuting home to Coulee Dam by bus on weekends. He graduated from Lakeside in June, 1945 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy, eventually being stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas. After completing his Navy duty he returned to Lakeside for a post graduate year to take courses he had not wanted to miss.

Bill then attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, graduating in 1952. After spending time at Central Washington University, he entered the University of Washington in 1956. Graduating with a degree in Engineering, he took a job with the State of Washington building the First Avenue South Bridge. He joined Puget Sound Dredging Company and worked up and down the Washington and Oregon coasts. The dredging company was purchased by Lockheed and Bill completed several jobs for them that were of special interest to the military. One project was to work on the design for the Space Testing Chamber for the Gemini I.

As a strong advocate of wildlife protection and our natural habitat, he spent his time promoting wildlife conservation and habitats. Wherever he lived, raccoons, wild fox and many birds expected him to invite them for dinner, and he did. Raccoons at his West Settle home soon learned to ring a big cow bell for their ration.

His wife Lucille passed away not long after their move to Liberty Bay. He formed friendships with many in the community and kept a keen interest in his yard and flowers.

He leaves an older sister, Catherine C. Bennett living in Seattle.

Burial will be at Acacia Cemetery.


William Paul Cowals

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