William B. “Bill” Wetherall, veteran Nevada City attorney, died on June 19, 2013, in Nevada City at the age of 102.
He was born on March 25, 1911, in Ames, Iowa. After completion of public school education in Iowa, he attended the University of Idaho, where he received his law degree in 1937.
Upon admission to the Idaho Bar in 1937, Bill was appointed law clerk to Judge William Healy of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth District in San Francisco. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1939, served as regional litigation attorney for the Office of Price Administration during the early 1940s and engaged in private practice in the city for a number of years.
On June 1, 1938, Bill married Orene Hardman of Peck, Idaho, his college sweetheart. In 1955, he moved with his wife and three children to Grass Valley and practiced law out of offices in Nevada City until 2003, then out of his home for several years. He served as city attorney for Nevada City from 1959 to 1979 and was a director of the Nevada County Fair board from 1962 to 1974. He was also a director of Music in the Mountains during its formative years.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Orene, on Aug. 9, 2003; and by a grandson, Peter Owen Wetherall Vodonick (Zweig), on Oct. 9, 2004.
He is survived by children William Owen Wetherall of Japan; son and daughter-in-law Jerry Alan Wetherall and Purita Obispo of Honolulu; daughter, Mary Ellen (Mellon) Zweig of Grass Valley; three grandchildren and a granddaughter-in-law, Gurditta Singh Khalsa (Zweig) and Alessandra of Santa Fe and Saori Orene Wetherall Sugiyama and Tsuyoshi Owen Wetherall Sugiyama of Japan; great-grandchildren Siri Parmeshar Singh Khalsa and Amrita Elizabeth Khalsa of Santa Fe; and an “adopted” daughter, Clara Yang, and her sons Allen and Sean, of Placerville.
In accordance with Bill’s wishes, there will be no funeral services. His family expresses appreciation to his many friends smf caregivers and to Hospice of the Foothills.
Contributions may be made to Music in the Mountains, the Bear Yuba Land Trust or a favorite charity.