Northwest NEWS

January 17, 2000

Local News


William (Bill) Charles Gress, Jr.

   Bill was born in Billings, Montana, on Dec. 17, 1919, and moved to Seattle in 1921. Following his graduation from Roosevelt High School in 1938, he attended the University of Washington. He met the love of his life, Mary Dott, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while serving in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of UA Local #32.

   The second love of Bill's life was golf. He was the first junior member at Sand Point Country Club, and a lifelong member of Wellington Hills Golf Course, winning many championships. He also loved spending time at his place on Camano Island.

   Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Dott; his loving children Linda (and John) Vincent, Carol (and Don) Metz, Bill (and Ruby, his favorite daughter-in-law) Gress, Susan (and Mike) Ipsen, and Joan (and Brad) Beesen; grandchildren Cy, Susie, Libby, Holly, Katie, Carolyn, and John, and one great-grandson, Mason; his cat, Russell; and a host of friends.

   "Bill left us suddenly to keep a tee-off time with his dad, Bill, Sr."

   A celebration of his life was held at Wellington Hills Country Club on Jan. 15th. Remembrances may be made to Ryther Child Center or Camano Chapel.

George Ashley Nicholas

   Born July 1, 1924 in Sioux City, Iowa, George Nicholas, 75, died January 4, 2000 in Yakima. He was the son of the late Ashley and Louise Nicholas.

   He moved with his parents to the Woodinville/Bothell area in 1930. He was a scoutmaster for Troop #421 in Woodinville and enjoyed hiking in the mountains and taking pictures.

   Mr. Nicholas graduated from Bothell High School in 1942 and worked with his dad in the greenhouse business. He joined the U.S. Navy in World War II and served in the Pacific Theater as a signalman on an L.S.T. (landing ship tank) until 1946. He owned and operated a greenhouse in Bellevue, worked for Boeing, Seattle City Light, in the real estate business, and at McDonald's for a few years until his retirement. He belonged to Eagles Aerie #2568 and loved to garden.

   Mr. Nicholas is survived by two sons: Bradley (of Goldbar) and Paul; two grandchildren, Jessica of Captain Cook, Hawaii, and Trevor of Boston, Massachusetts; and one great-grandson, Alex of Captain Cook, Hawaii; two sisters, Mary Johnson (Wesley) of Bothell and Beverly (Ralph) Beardsley, Sumter, South Carolina; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends and special friend, Addy Dyson.

   He had a loving and caring heart and will be greatly missed. Memorial services were held Jan. 15 at Woodinville Community Methodist Church. Rememberances may be made to the church or charity of your choice.