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1811 NE 16th Ave #A
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-675-3447
Fax: 360-682-2359
William Applegate

William Applegate

Saturday, August 28th, 1937 - Thursday, March 21st, 2019
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August 28, 1937 –
March 21, 2019
William Rogers Applegate died on March 21, 2019, in Oak Harbor, Washington, at 81 years of age. Bill Applegate was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised in nearby Wyoming, Ohio, graduating from Wyoming High School in the Class of 1955. He graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts with a double major in Political Science and Pre-med in 1959, and returned to Cincinnati to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Upon his graduation in 1963, he served a medical internship at the University of Oregon Medical School Hospital in Portland, Oregon. During this internship, Bill was drafted into the Navy. His first tour of duty was as General Medical Officer to a Marine Infantry Battalion in Vietnam. After being stationed at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Portland, he trained in Orthopaedic Surgery at Oakland Naval Hospital in California and in Hand Surgery at Grand Rapids, Michigan specializing in the care of amputees. While directing the Naval Prosthetic Rehabilitation Center in Oakland, California, he developed, and was granted a U.S. Patent for, a new type of artificial foot that is still in use around the world.

In 1971 while at Oakland Naval Hospital, he also met Yseldah Hall, a Navy nurse on the amputee ward. They were married at the Oakland Naval Hospital in June of 1973. They completed tours of duty at the Naval Hospital in Oakland, California, in Key West and Jacksonville, Florida, in San Diego, California, and at NAS Whidbey Island. In October 1989, Bill retired from the U.S. Navy and from the practice of medicine after 30 years of service. He lived on Whidbey Island for the remainder of his life.

Bill utilized his Political Science degree through active involvement in Island County government, serving on the Island County Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, the Heritage Lands Task Force, the Conservation Futures Advisory Committee, and the Transportation Planning Advisory Committee. He was elected as an Island County Freeholder and as a Democratic Precinct Committee Officer. He also served as an advisor to the Northwest Air Pollution Authority and on the Board of the Whidbey-Camano Land Trust.

Bill’s favorite activities were reading, birdwatching, and amateur geology. He sang with joy in the Whidbey Community Chorus, and his boisterous laugh was known throughout the community. A citizen scientist, he was active in the Whidbey Audubon Society, was a docent for the Nature Conservancy guiding tours on Ebey’s Bluff, and worked with the Falcon Research Group. A lifelong learner, he also took courses in Mathematics, History, Art, Weather, and Natural Sciences at the local Skagit Valley Community College.

Bill leaves his wife Yseldah and daughter Becki of Whidbey Island, as well as daughter Kyla of Mount Vernon. Both parents and one sister, Susan Ansell, preceded him in death. His youngest sister, Sally York, lives in Anna Maria, Florida.

The family wishes to give a special thanks to the many who served and loved Bill so well at Regency Memory Care.

He requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to the Whidbey-Camano Land Trust, 765 Wonn Road #C201, Greenbank, WA. 98235, or Friends of Ebey’s, Landing P.O. Box 958, Coupeville, WA 98239, or hang up a bird feeder in his memory.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Bill’s name at Wallin Funeral Home in Oak Harbor on April 27, 2019 at 3pm.

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    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 3:00pm
    Wallin Funeral Home & Cremation, LLC
    1811 NE 16th Ave
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • US Navy
  • Vietnam Service Medal


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Angie Homola

Posted at 03:29pm
Angie Homola – in remembrance of Bill Applegate

In honor and friendship, we celebrate Bill Applegate’s life of service to his family, nation, community and to the natural world that so intrigued him.

I first met Bill over a decade ago when he reached out to me in support of my candidacy for Island County Commissioner. We shared the same interests and values and remained close until his recent passing. He was a steadfast source of guidance throughout the time I knew him.

Bill dedicated his entire adult life to serving others. This included his medical orthopedic specialization in the design and fitting of prosthetics to benefit wounded veteran’s and volunteering momentous hours to protect air quality, local historic treasures, ensuring thoughtful land-use planning and transportation, and the long term conservation of open space, habitat, and biological diversity. In these efforts he upheld the utmost level of intellect integrity while inspiring laughter and high spirits.

His work laid the foundation for the quality of life we now enjoy and continue to fight for on our islands. Bill’s political interests were the kind we can all admire regardless of political party because he cared about doing the right thing for the good of the whole and for the preservation of our precious planet and the wondrous creatures that share it.

Above all, Bill was a dedicated husband and father who expressed immense love and admiration for his wife Yseldah, and his daughters Kyla and Becki.

I am honored to have known Bill as a friend and a mentor. He shall forever remain a part of who I am, and for this I am honored and grateful.

In friendship and remembrance,

Angie Homola


Posted at 06:44pm
My deepest sympathies to Yseldah and family. I will miss Bill's warm smile and cheerful greetings, whenever we would meet. Bill was a man of service to his community. His many contributions were greatly appreciated. He always was very encouraging to me personally and professionally. I am sorry that I'm unable to attend his memorial service and please know that I will be with you that day in spirit. Peace be with you.
Helen Price Johnson


Posted at 05:59am
My condolences to the family. Continue to let your fond memories warm your hearts. Always remember that God cares for you and is “close to the broken-hearted.” May you call on Him in prayer for comfort and strength during this difficult time. Psalm 34: 18

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