William Walter Artman passed away in Colville on March 29, 2012. Bill, born Sept. 4, 1943 in Colville, was the oldest son of Merlin Walter and Rose Marie (Laird) Artman.
Bill spent his growing-up years in Colville, graduating from Colville High School in 1961. Some time later, he graduated with a business degree from Eastern Washington University. Bill served in the Air National Guard for six months active and six years in the reserves, fulfilling his military commitment.
During this time, he moved to the Seattle area and began his career in commercial lending with GECC. While there, he met Sue Reynolds. They wed in 1972, and began their life together in Portland, OR. Eventually, they moved to Spokane for nine short months, and from there to Bothell.
In 1981, they began a family with the arrival of their first son, Travis. A transfer brought them back to Spokane in 1983, followed by the arrival of their second son, Stephen, in 1984.
Bill continued working in commercial lending at First NaÂ¬tional Bank of Spokane and moved with them through their transition to U. S. National Bank. Some time after that, Bill suffered a stroke and, although he fought back courageously, his declining health required his early retirement and he relocated back to his family roots in Colville.
Through the years, Bill enjoyed his work, but rarely spoke about his day at the office. He had a passion for golf, whether it be playing the game or creating custom golf clubs in his home workshop. As an avid sports fan, he particularly enjoyed Washington State University Cougar football. Bill had a great love for music and played guitar during his college years with a few different bands, including the Mark-V. Over the years, he spent a lot of enjoyable family time at the Artman cabin on Lake Thomas, along with family vacations at Disneyland and the Washington Coast.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and by numerous aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his two sons, Travis M. Artman (Erin) and Stephen W. Artman, both of Spokane; siblings, Dennis Artman (Anne), Federal Way; Kathy (Artman) Thomas (Gary), Colville; Greg Artman, Wilsonville, OR, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service for â€śBillâ€ť Artman will be held Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m., at the Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory, with Pastor Shane Moffitt officiating.
Cremation will follow the funeral service at the Danekas Crematory, with an ash internment at the Calvary Cemetery in Colville.
Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of oneâ€™s choice.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.
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