Bill Pilkinton was born in Springfield, Mo., to John and Allene (Essary) Pilkinton. He passed away April 7, 2013, at home surrounded by his family.
Bill grew up in Springfield until his family moved to Washington state at an early age. He attended school in Oroville, then moved to Tonasket schools where he graduated.
Bill worked for Law Brothers orchard until 1978, then became employed and worked 35 years for the city of Tonasket. He became City Superintendent in 2002 through 2013 until his retirement March 1. He took pride in his work and went above and beyond for his community. His work ethic was unparalleled by others and he believed in an honest day’s work. He was honest and loyal to his profession.
Bill married the love of his life, Patti (Pete) Walter, on July 21, 1972. Tonasket was home to them, where they raised two boys and enjoyed their lives together. Bill was a family man, a loyal and devoted father and husband, and later a doting grandfather. He will always be “Poppy” to his babies.
Bill enjoyed playing sports and later followed his sons throughout their playing days. Rain or snow, he was committed and never missed a game. His passion was the outdoors. He mostly loved to hunt and cut firewood. He enjoyed family get-togethers, four-wheeling, yard work, barbequing, watching westerns, grandkids, and mostly his wife.
Bill is survived by his wife, Pete; his son, Ryan (Pam), and grandkids Rade, Taylon, Milana, and Max of Tonasket; son, Barry (Lisa), and granddaughter, Lexi of Yakima; brothers, Lee (Gail) of Winthrop, John (Jackie) of Spokane, Dave (Elena) of Tonasket, Ron (Tammy) of Chelan, and Joe of Springfield; sisters, Ann (Chuck) Lane of Springfield, Sue (Gordy) Reeve of Anacortes, Kay (Greg) Thrapp of Republic, Pat (Andy) Griffith of Manson, Michelle (Chad) Smith of Oroville, and Mary (Jack) Hughes of Oroville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, John and Allene; and brothers, Sid and Rex.
Throughout his journey, Bill never once complained about his illness to anyone. He was a proud, strong, and caring man who was more worried about his family than himself. He died with honor and will truly be loved and missed. Rest in peace POPPY!
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Tonasket Eagles, with Pastor Vern Weaver officiating.
Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket is in care of the arrangements.