William “Bill” Boxx was born in Van Buren, Missouri, on Feb. 8, 1936, and passed away at the Christian Health Care in Lynden on Jan. 10, 2020.
Bill moved with his parents, Walter and Beulah Boxx, and his brothers, Denny and Jack Boxx, from Van Buren, Missouri, to Whatcom County in 1946. Bill attended school in the Meridian School District. While in high school, he met Charlene Helgeson, and they were married in 1957. After graduating from high school, Bill worked plastering and stuccoing homes. In 1960 he and Charlene purchased property on the Northwest Road near Ferndale, where they began farming. In the early years of their marriage their strawberry crop froze and Bill also worked at Mt. Baker Plywood. Bill and Charlene continued farming and built a successful farming business, Boxx Berry Farm, which their family still owns and operates today. Bill loved the outdoors and watching his crops grow. He particularly enjoyed growing strawberries. Over the years, the farm transitioned from strawberries and raspberries to also include blueberries and vegetables. The farm developed into a business loved by many in Whatcom County. Bill was a perfectionist and always strived to offer the best fruits and vegetables possible. He was proud of the success of the farm. There was always something that needed to be built or repaired on the farm, and Bill had a mathematical and analytical mind to do it. He enjoyed and had a talent for designing and building anything he set his mind to. He and Charlene built the family home. He built trailers and other farm machinery. Over the years, there were many dogs on the farm that Bill dearly loved. Bill had a clever and dry sense of humor. Even at the end of his life, he enjoyed kidding around and telling little jokes with his family and staff at Christian Health Care Center.
Bill is survived by his wife of 62 years, Charlene; his children, Vicki, Mike (Crystal), Roger (Vonda) and Kevin; his brother Jack (Judy); his grandchildren Brandon (Megs), Samantha, Alyssa and Meredith; great-grandchildren Tyson, Kingston and Brooklyn.
He was preceded in death by his brother Denny.
The family thanks the staff at Christian Health Care Center for the wonderful and compassionate care provided to Bill in the final months of his life. We are forever grateful.
Memorials may be made to the Whatcom Humane Society or your favorite Alzheimer’s organization.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held in the Mt. Baker Rotary Building, 1751 Front St. in Lynden, at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31.
You may share memories with the family at www.westfordfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Westford Funeral Home & Cremation of Bellingham.