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William "Bill" J. Franzen

September 16, 1940 — May 10, 2022



William “Bill” J. Franzen of Lynden passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at the Whatcom Hospice House of Bellingham at the age of 81.  Bill was born in Arnhem, Netherlands on September 16, 1940.  He immigrated to the United States at the age of 18.  Served in the US Army and was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone.  He lived most of his life in Salt Lake City & St. George, Utah. He worked as a Natural Gas Controller for Williams Company for 26 years.  Retired at the age of 55.  Bill and his wife Elizabeth (Liz) enjoyed the good life by traveling, boating and RV’ing.  He loved golf, swimming, music, soccer and football.  Bill is survived by the love of his life Elizabeth and celebrated 50 years in marriage in July of 2021, son; Gerald Franzen of Salt Lake City, stepson; Bryan (Martha) Akinson of Spokane, sister in law; Mamie, nephew and niece.  He was preceded in death by his sister Diana and brother John and his parents. 

We would like to thank especially Dr. Letellier at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center and the staff for the loving care that was given. 

Interment with Military Honors will be at this Washington State Veterans Cemetery, 21702 West Espanola Road, Medical Lake, Washington at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please contribute to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center, 3301 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, Washington 98225.
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