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WILLIAM JOSEPH LINK
December 22, 1933 ~ July 28, 2014
William Joseph Link passed away in Vancouver, WA on July 28, 2014 at 80 years old. He was born in in Spokane, WA to Charlie and Corinne Link.
William earned his BS in Physical Metallurgy from Washington State College.
He worked for Kaiser Steel in Fontana, CA and the Oregon Steel Mills in Portland, OR.
William retired from the ROTC U.S. Army as a 1st Lt.
He enjoyed square dancing and was a Clark County WSU Master Gardener.
William is survived by his wife, Janice Rettig Link; daughters, Julia (Reuel) and Susan (Jim); son, David; granddaughter, Caitlin; grandson, William; and great-granddaughter, Piper.
There will be no services at this time.
Memorial donations are welcomed to the Nature Conservancy Washington or Lewy Body Dementia Assoc.
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There are people in this world who are strong and gentle at the same time, who have easy smiles and dumb little jokes and sayings that you get used to and, when you hear them, you feel happy and safe. Time marches forward and these things start to change, and you have to hold in your heart and your mind those smiles, the jokes, the gentleness, and the unfailing strength that defined a person. You have to look at their life as a whole and see their accomplishments, and remember what they were to you, and try not to focus too much on what's in front of you because it's not the memory you want to have.
I can't begin to imagine a childhood without him. This morning's news wasn't unexpected, but it still hurts more than I can describe. I'm remembering him square dancing, helping me build a bird house, teaching me about how things come together and stay together, making me laugh, drinking coffee and eating hotcake's. I'm remembering my admiration of him as an adult, realizing what it meant that he built himself up and created a wonderful life for his children and grandchildren. I want to say something perfect, but I'm having trouble. I'll just say that I'm happy that I grew up with him in my life, and I'm happy that there's no more pain for him, even though I miss him like I would miss a piece of myself if it fell off.
I'm glad you're at peace, Papa, I love you, Caitlin.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel
1101 NE 112th Avenue Vancouver, WA 98684
Published in The Columbian on Aug. 17, 2014