July 14, 1950 – June 8, 2021
In Loving Memory
Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and very dear.
Bill (William Edward) Holestine was born in Anacortes, WA. He came into the world with a great arrival. His parents were living on Orcas Island and his mother in labor the ferry was flagged to pick her up and she barely made it to the hospital before he was born. His father, a logger at the time, heard the news and showed up with his logger cork boots hurrying with excitement and ready to welcome their son into their family.
Bill passed away at the age of 70 on June 8, 2021 in Yakima WA. He lost his brave and long battle with cancer, but not without leaving his mark on this world in many ways. He was humorous, told great stories, was very creative, and loved to work with wood and rebuild cars. He was known for his “BIG” heart. He was a loving son, husband, father, and friend to many.
Bill is survived by his mother, Margaret Johnson; his wife, Xuan, children Luke, Tonia, Ben and Luckie, and many grandchildren; and siblings Karen, Karel and Ed and many nieces and nephews.
Bill grew up in Oregon and called his hometown Creswell, OR. He was always a patriot and loved his country, family and friends. When he graduated from Creswell High School he joined the Marines and served in Vietnam. When he returned he met and married Earlene Eastman, a girl from Orcas Island and they raised their children Luke, Tonia and Ben on Orcas and other parts of Washington. Later, Bill would go to Vietnam where he met Xuan; they married and raised their daughter Luckie in the Yakima area. He was a kind and loving father.
He came into the world with excitement and he left this world with excitement because he knew Jesus Christ. His daughter said when he died he had a smile on his face. Yes, he saw Jesus. Bill, you will be missed, but not forgotten!