William (Bill) Forrest Cardinal, 88, of Huntington Beach, Calif., died November 25, 2013. He was born on June 8, 1925, in
Tacoma, to Forrest Arcade and Betty Fredrika (Hedstrom) Cardinal. His sister, Jo Anne was born six years later. The Cardinal family lived in many towns in Oregon and Washington but settled in Aberdeen where Bill graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1941. Bill met Lola Jean Berthold, a Hoquiamite, at a school dance and was smitten. They married on February 6, 1944, and relocated to Long Beach, Calif., where Bill shipped out with the Merchant Marines, serving his country for three years. In 1953, they relocated to the sleepy beach town of Huntington Beach, where they raised five children and loved each other until Bill lost Jean in 2002, after 48 years of marriage.
After the war Bill drove tanker truck for Mobil Oil and in 1973, became Fleet Instructor for the Western Region. After retirement in 1983, he and Jean spent time travelling in their RV. They often visited Grays Harbor and their cabin at Mason Lake. They both loved music and enjoyed the Dixieland scene from Pismo Beach’s “October Jubilee by the Sea” to Grays Harbor’s “Rain or Shine Jazz Festival”.
Bill is survived by his five children, Patti Cardinal, Jeff Cardinal, Jenny Fisher, Joe Cardinal and Sally Cardinal; his 13 grandchildren, Jillian, Peter, Cathy, Andy, Juliet, Kelly, Billy, Vicente, Charles, Wendy, Katie, Michael and Penny; and his two great grandchildren Phoenix and Nels.
Bill was an intelligent, humorous, gentle and generous man. His family will miss him but he will always be present in the wonderful memories he and Jean provided their large family. They spent a lot of time camping in the California hills and on California and Mexico beaches. As a farewell, the family plans a short sea cruise off the California coast to scatter both Jean and Bill’s ashes so they may go sailing off into the sunset together.