|Birth: ||Aug. 4, 1910|
|Death: ||Oct. 8, 2011|
In Memory of
Philip Wayman Biesanz
August 4, 1910 - October 8, 2011
Philip Wayman Biesanz, known as 'BZ', died peacefully on Saturday, October 8th, 2011 surrounded by his loved ones. Born in White Salmon, Washington, August 4th, 1910 to William Alvin Biesanz and Lydia Lou (Crow) Biesanz, he was the last surviving member of his immediate family, living to the wonderful age of 101 years, 2 months, and 4 days.
He retired from Bonneville Power Administration in 1970, and enjoyed the retiree luncheons held in Portland, Oregon. BZ and his wife Dorothy raised their eight children in North Bend on the Oregon coast. Upon retirement he moved to five beautiful acres on Panther Creek in Carson Washington, where he built and maintained beautiful rock walls, bridges, and gardens, among many other things.
BZ spent the last few years meeting and making new friendships with his fellow residents at The Bedford, an independent retirement community in Vancouver, Washington. He loved living there, telling his jokes, stories, and making others smile and feel good. They remarked, "You would not know BZ was 101 by listening to his sense of humor, quick wit and charm." We all enjoyed his writings, cards, pictures and just being around him.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Kathie Luellyn Hastings in 1985, his son Brett Philip Biesanz in 2003, and his wife Dorothy Phyllis (Richards) Biesanz in 2004.
He is survived by his son Dick and spouse Franzi Biesanz of North Bend, Oregon, daughter Cynthia and spouse Jerry Gregory of Kent, Washington, son Lyle and spouse Donna Biesanz of Stevenson, Washington, daughter Lisa and spouse Robert Armstrong of Springfield, Oregon, son Jeff Biesanz of Sutton, Alaska, son Guy Biesanz of Carson, Washington; 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, several nephews and cousins, some twice removed.
He was cremated and a private ceremony was held at the Troutlake, Washington Cemetery. A celebration of his life was Sunday, October 23rd at The Bedford, 13303 SE McGillivray Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98683 - #360-891-6898, in the dining room.
William Alvin Biesanz (1881 - 1961)
Lydia Lou Crow Biesanz (1884 - 1987)
Dorothy Phyllis Biesanz (1918 - 2004)
Florence L Biesanz Bartholomew (1906 - 2001)*
Philip Wayman Biesanz (1910 - 2011)
Nolan F Biesanz (1912 - 1988)*
Merle Alvin Biesanz (1917 - 1996)*
Trout Lake Cemetery
Created by: Kay and Duane Douglass
Record added: Oct 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78287409