William H. 'Bill' Chism
William H Chism was born on June 21, 1939 in Los Angeles, Calif., to Henry Beemer and Marjorie Jane Chism. They moved to Houston, Texas when he was one, and when Bill was eight, the family to Portland, Ore. They opened Mrs. Drakes Sandwich Shop on SE Foster and Bill worked there throughout his school years. Bill went to Columbia Christian schools and graduated from Columbia Christian College in 1960.
In 1962 Bill was drafted into the Army. He earned the Sharpshooter Rifle award and was discharged honorably in 1964. Post Army, Bill was hired by General Telephone as a Field Technician, working there until his retirement in 1991. Once retired, Bill joined wife Alice as a full-time foster parent.
Bill was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2005. As the dementia took hold, and Bill became younger in thought, his peaceful and kind soul shined through. Bill went to heaven on November 22, 2019 while in the arms of his family.
Bill is survived by Alice, his wife of 42 years. Children, Lynda Westenskow (Erik), Deana Tzantarmas, Jason Chism (April), Scott Chism, Joshua Chism, Ashlee Chism (Brenyen), Nikia Chism, Amy Chism (Cortee); grandchildren, Allen Westenskow (Brianna), Matt Westenskow (Desirae), Nicole Bernstein (Jared), Lillianne Chism, Summer Musser, Aliki Shay Tzantarmas, Jude Chism, Lakota Musser, Jayce Musser, Jamari Chism, Izabella Chism, Autumn Chism, Aurora Chism, La'gale Chism; sister, Marjorie McAlister; nephew, Brian McAlister; and 200+ foster children who traveled through his home.