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William “Bill” Winge succumbs at 91

William “Bill” Winge receives the Neighbor of the Year award from former Multnomah County Commissioner Sharron Kelley during the 1994 Mid-county Memo Community Awards ceremony held in Parkrose.
Mid-county resident William “Bill” Winge passed away on Oct. 13 in Mount Vernon, Wash., from a sudden and unexpected illness. He was 91.

William Arthur Winge was born Nov. 1, 1917, in Anacortes, Wash. to Wilhelm Arthur and Bertha Gertrude (Gray) Winge. Bill Winge attended school in Anacortes and graduated from high school in 1934 at age 16.

Bill Winge and his brother John Winge were charter members of the Anacortes Key Club.

In 1935, Winge was hired by the Anacortes J.C. Penney store where he swept sidewalks, stoked the furnace, stocked shelves and waited on customers. Ultimately, he would become manager of nine J.C. Penney outlets in the Northwest. He was considered a troubleshooter and often was assigned to help stores that were having problems.

Winge ended his 42-year career with J.C. Penney in 1978 at Portland's Eastport Plaza.

He married Josephine Wren Harriman on July 21, 1940, at the Anacortes Church of Christ.

After his retirement, he remained in the Portland area, volunteering to help his neighbors with chores and driving them to appointments. Winge and his friend Audrey Paxton enjoyed teaching AARP Mature Driving Classes in the Portland area for 14 years. Winge stopped teaching those classes when he reached his 90th birthday.

In 1994, Bill Winge received the Mid-county Memo Community Awards Neighbor of the Year Award.

He's preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 48 years, Josephine, in 1988; his sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and Isaac Whipple; brother and sister-in-law, John and Marie Winge; brother Frank Winge and niece Ann Holt.

He is survived by his friend Audrey Paxton of Portland; sisters-in-law Bonnie Winge of Mount Vernon, Wash. and Laura Foster of Ferndale, Wash.; nephews Gerald Winge of Concrete, Wash., David Whipple and wife Judy of Nespelem, Wash., and Douglas Winge of Seattle; and niece Kristina La Rue and husband Robin of Mount Vernon. He is also survived by great nieces and nephews, many great-great nieces and nephews, and 6 great-great-great nieces.

Interment was at Grand View Cemetery in Anacortes. Celebrations of his life were held in October in both Anacortes and Portland. Donations in Bill Winge's memory can be made to the Church of Rockwood, 17021 E. Burnside St.
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