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Billie Bruce Henifin


Billie Bruce Henifin was born January 12, 1936, in O’Neill, Nebraska, to Chloe and Arthur Henifin. Bill passed away May 21, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Bill graduated from Mount Baker High School in 1955. He married his high school sweetheart Velma Hetrick on November 2, 1957. Through 63 years of marriage they raised five children.

After graduation, Bill worked for Drapery Valley Hatchery and then went on to have a career as a boat builder at Uniflite for 27 years and then finished out his career at Wright Bros Boats. Bill and Velma retired to Plains, Montana, in 1997, where they enjoyed their mountaintop home. Bill was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He loved learning about history, collecting antiques and guns, doing wood carvings and working on his beautiful mountain home.

Bill is survived by his wife Velma, sister Bonnie Pike of Bellingham, Washington; children John Henifin of Bellingham, Washington; Velinda Wallack of Massachusetts; and grandchildren Casssandra, Justine, Cameron, Chloe, Taylor, Christina, Michael, Melanie, Lacie, Zack, Miriam and Levi; as well as numerous great grandchildren.

Bill’s family will miss his gentle kindness, his sense of humor, and his love of conversations.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Hills Funeral Homes and Crematory in Plains, Montana.


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