In Memory

Bill Grether

Bill Grether

William P. Grether, Jr.Bill was shown in Tor 63 graduating class and also in Tor 64 graduating class


William P. Grether, Jr. passed away at his home in Kingston on April 5, 2012. He was 67. William was born to William and Francis (Comen) Grether, Sr. on Feb. 28, 1945 in Newport News, Virginia. He attended WSU and Central Washington University where he graduated with a Bachelor's in Education. He married Dorothy Krauel on August 19, 1972 in Seattle, Washington. William was a school teacher and music director for schools in Joyce, WA, Dutch Harbor, AK and Soap Lake, WA. He belonged to the Hansville Community Church. He enjoyed many personal interests including music, dogs, people, learning and motorcycles. William is preceded in death by his parents. Treasuring his memory are his wife of almost 40 years Dorothy, sister Glenda Voss and many family and friends. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, April 28th at 2:00pm at Hansville Community Church, 7543 Twin Spits Road, Hansville. Memorial donations may be made to Music Ministry at Hansville Community Church, Diabetes research and your local Humane Society. Please visit the online memorial at ;

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02/06/14 07:43 PM #1    

Jim Cissell

Man, could Bill play the trumpet! Even though I somehow managed to play first chair in my junior year, Bill was a far greater musician than I could ever hope to be. He had tons of tunes memorized and could blow jazz and blues like Al Hirt. He also had the most caustic sweat I've ever seen--it could literally take the varnish off his horn in a matter of days. Hope you're up there in heaven's band playing with Jerry Bayne, old friend.

03/17/15 07:44 PM #2    

Polly Kaiser (Heinselman)

From:  James Le Sage
Email:  I hooked up with a band named Highway 1, They auditioned me in Monterey Ca. in 1968 and I went on the road for the first time at age 19, Bill played the bass and the trumpet at the same time. He was impressive and pleasant to spend time with, not like the other musicians who were self consumed.  I was a good friend and remember good times with Bill Grether a great musician.  I am from Monterey Ca., went to school here, class of 66 Seaside High.

03/18/15 08:45 AM #3    

James R Brummet

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He truly set a great example for all us to fellow in his 67 some years here on earth.

Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there, I did not die.  RIP my friend <3

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