William “Bill” Larue Knannlein


William “Bill” Larue Knannlein, Former longtime GHFD#10 Fire Chief passed away in his Wishkah Valley home Monday Oct. 21, 2013 at the age of 97.

Bill was born to William A Knannlein and Minnie May (McCoy) Knannlein in Lawrence, Indiana, on July 31, 1916, the second of 4 children.

Bill moved to Cosmopolis, Wash., in 1922. He attended Aberdeen High School and relied on the street car for transportation back and forth. He graduated from Aberdeen’s Weatherwax High School in 1935.

After graduation he went to work at Western Machinery. He joined the Navy in 1941, and served for 2 years during WWII. He was honorably discharged after receiving a non-combat injury which resulted in the loss of his left eye. He returned to Western Machinery after his duty. He also worked at Wager Lumber Co., which became Western Lumber Co. Upon the closure of Western Lumber Company he worked 30 years at Grays Harbor Hardwood as a millwright where he retired as Superintendent.

Bill moved to Wishkah Valley in 1951, where he purchased a 40 acre farm and lived his entire life. Besides 55 years in the Fire/EMS Service, Bill was also a member of the Elks and Grange.

Bill was devoted to his family, his farm animals and his community.

Bill is survived by his sister, Dorothy Eddy of Olympia, Wash.; many nieces and nephews; his loyal dog and cat; and his second family, Randy, Lisa and Kaitlin Donohoe of Wishkah Valley.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, William; mother, Minnie; brother, Richard Knannlein; and sister, Martha Svicarovich.

There are no plans for a formal service at this time.

A message of condolence or of a memory of Bill can be left at www.fernhillfuneral.com.

Arrangements are through Fern Hill Funeral Home in Aberdeen.