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William Henry "Bill" Gorgensen
July 3, 1921 - September 28, 2007
William Henry "Bill" Gorgensen was born July 3, 1921 in Corvallis, Oregon and was a longtime resident of DuPont, Washington. Bill passed away peacefully on September 28, 2007.
A retired Army veteran, he entered the service in 1942, serving in both WW2 as a Armored Vehicle Commander with Patton's 11th Armor where he received a Purple Heart, and in Korea as Forward Observer with the 1st Observation Battalion. He later entered the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and served as a Chief Investigator in the United States and Germany.
He retired from the military in 1962, and became a Correctional Officer at McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary for 17 years. During that time, he also became active in local DuPont politics, serving as Municipal Court Judge (1970-79), City Council Member (1980-91), and finally Mayor of DuPont (1991-94). In the last two positions, he was an active participant in the development of Dupont, including the locating of State Farm Headquarters, Intel, and the building and development of Northwest Landing.
Bill is survived by Kaethe Ellen, his wife of 61 years, his sister Betty Bristol (Rev. Wallace), his children William R. Gorgensen (wife Cathy) and Kathy H. Woods, his grandson Richard W. Woods (wife Cindy), great-grandchildren Alyssa and Brendan Woods, and extended family throughout the Pacific Northwest and Germany.
Burial was in the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.
It is the wish of the family that all memorial donations go to Army Emergency Relief at Fort Lewis, Washington.
Published by News Tribune (Tacoma) on Oct. 8, 2007.
The above information is from details which were online here at the time of posting.
Burial details are per the Veteran's gravesite locator here.