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Billie Bruce Henifin

| May 26, 2021 12:00 AM

Billie Bruce Henifin was born Jan. 12, 1936, in O’Neill, Nebraska to Chloe and Arthur Henifin.

Bill passed away May 21, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Bill graduated from Mount Baker High School in 1955. He married his high school sweetheart Velma Hetrick on Nov. 2, 1957.

Through 63 years of marriage they raised five children.

After graduation, Bill worked for Drapery Valley Hatchery and then went on to have a career as a boat builder at Uniflite for 27 years and then finished out his career at Wright Bros Boats.

Bill and Velma retired to Plains, Montana, in 1997 where they enjoyed their mountaintop home. Bill was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He loved learning about history, collecting antiques and guns, doing woodcarvings, and working on his beautiful mountain home.

Bill is survived by his wife Velma, sister Bonnie Pike of Bellingham; children John Henifin of Bellingham, Velinda Wallack of Massachusetts and grandchildren Cassandra, Justen, Cameron, Chloe, Taylor, Christina, Michael, Melanie, Lacee, Zack, Miriam, and Levi as well as numerous great grandchildren.

Bill’s family will miss his gentle kindness, his sense of humor, and his love of conversations.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Hills Funeral Homes and Crematory in Plains, Montana.