William B. “Bill” Flewelling passed away on March 22, 2011, at his home in Davis, Calif. He was 72 years old.
Bill was born in Utah on April 6, 1938, to Boyd W. and Hazel (Shipley) Flewelling. When Bill was a young man, his family moved to California, where he graduated from Davis High School in 1956. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in West Virginia. In 1957, Bill married his high school sweetheart, Irene (Jordan) Flewelling, and had two children, Lori and James (Jim).
Bill and Irene were married for 43 years and enjoyed spending time camping and motorcycle riding with their children (and eventually grandchildren) until Irene passed away in 1999. Over the years, Bill enjoyed many hobbies and made many friends along the way. He was a skilled craftsman and artist, and his interests included restoring old vehicles, riding motorcycles, woodturning, carpentry, caring for his mother, and spending time with friends and family.
During the past decade, Bill would either spend many hours in his shop turning beautiful works of art or riding his street bike across the western United States. He loved sharing his love of woodturning with others and was an amazing and talented artist. One of his frequent and most-liked street bike trips was to ride to Fort Bragg for a cup of coffee.
Bill was a wonderful and caring husband, son, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend, and he was loved and respected by all he met throughout his life. Even while battling cancer during the past year, he could be found in his shop working on special wood projects or helping a friend on their project. His devotion to his mother was obvious and a testament to his character and spirit.
He is survived by his mother, Hazel Flewelling; daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Jim Dana of Dixon, Calif.; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Amber Flewelling of Austin, Texas; grandsons, Billy and Bryan Dana, and Christian and Tyler Flewelling; one sister; two brothers-in-law and their wives; several nieces and nephews; and a great-niece and two great-nephews.
Bill was admired and loved by many people, and while he will be deeply missed, he is once again with his sweetheart and others who passed before him. A memorial service to celebrate his life will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road in Davis.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Yolo Hospice or to a cancer society of the donor’s choice.