William E. Jury

Jan 21, 1934 – Dec 3, 2014

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William E. Jury born: January 21, 1934 – Died: December 3, 2014

William, who liked to be called Bill, was a native Seattlelite – born in his home in White Center, to Angeline (Aarnold) and John Jury. He lived most of life in White Center, and was proud of his roots which spanned the neighborhoods of Columbia City, Riverton Heights (which most of the neighborhood now is part of the Clear Zone of Sea-Tac Airport) and parts of “Garlic Gulch” (long-time natives will know this location).

In January 07, 1961 at 7.00pm, he married Carol A. Bulen, also a Riverton Heights gal, and they moved to White Center that same year. They had two children, William and Jacqueline.

Early on he had several jobs (The Blew Eagle, as bar help) and Polette’s, as a sous-chef) – but the one where he supported his family, was working in the Washington State Liquor stores. He enjoyed the camaraderie of co-workers, characters and patrons at various stores throughout South King County till finally reaching his goal, managing his hometown store in White Center, in 1976.  Bill dedicated 35 years as a state employee, working his way up from clerk to store manager, retiring in 1988.

Bill was a long time member of Glendale Lutheran Church in Burien, the church where he and Carol married, baptized their children and worshiped. They were instrumental in the growth of the Church from the simple chapel where they were married, to the lovely Sanctuary that stands as a testament to their commitment to the Lord and the Lutheran Faith.

After Carol, Bill’s second passion was Husky Football. It went without saying the Saturdays in the fall were dedicated to Husky Football – regardless of their winning or losing seasons. He could recall past stats and players for decades.

For many years, Bill was active in the Democratic Party; doorbelling for candidates, placing their signs, and roving to voting places after the polls closed to get the final tally from each precinct; often times, dragging his reluctant non-voting age children with him. It was through the District Democratic club that Bill met Carol – well, and as they say, the rest is history!

Bill enjoyed many other activities: the stock market, watching old time movies and talk radio shows, listening and calling in to KIRO, KVI or KOMO and offering his very strong opinions on a variety of issues over the air waves. Back in the day, when the radio host would identify the caller as, “Bill, from West Seattle” more than likely, it was Bill.

Bill is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years, Carol; his son, William James Jury (Kanya); daughter, Jacqueline (Joey); grandsons: William James Jury Jr. “Jimmy”, (Amanda) and Robert Lee and three great-grand children: Zachary, Madison and Logan.

Bill was a wonderful and dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grand father. Bill will be remembered fondly as a man who spoke the truth and was loved by many. We will miss him dearly. May you Rest in Peace.

Burial at Riverton Crest Cemetery, 3400 So. 140th St, Tukwila. A memorial is planned for January 2015.


Bill J Jury
Rio Rancho, NM
Feb 14, 2015

I miss you Dad, everyday I think about the times we had together, they were not many but I did enjoy them to the fullest when we did have the time, I let my son's know that you never know when that last time will come, so always enjoy each others company.and I did enjoy the Superbowl with both my son's and all my grand kids. Thank you Dad for all the advice you have given me. Rest In Peace. I love you Dad

Carol A. Jury
Seattle, WA
Jan 12, 2015

We held our Memorial Service to honor Bill, Jan.11,2015. You were a loving and devoted husband and father. I know this is not a separation for ever, but I will see you in paradise with those who have gone before us. We all will praising our Lord & Savoir Jesus Christ.

Laurie & George Blush
Silver Lake, KS
Dec 11, 2014

Aunt Carol, William & Jackie, So sorry to hear about Uncle Bill. He was a pretty special uncle. We will miss him. Amanda, Aaron & Austin (and their spouses) send their sympathies. We love you, Laurie & George

Allan Ohlsen
Yelm, WA
Dec 9, 2014

What a blessing to have known Bill. His hug giving warmth and enthusiasm for life is a great inspiration in my life. I will always cherish the memories. Rest in peace, my friend.

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