Bill was called to heaven to join his wife, Liz, just short of what would have been their 62nd wedding anniversary this month. Raised in Marcus and Evans, Wash., Bill excelled in athletics to later become the Oroville High School football coach and athletic director. His teaching career began in 1962, after graduating from University of Idaho. Bill also taught mathematics and woodshop, where every day he was able to experience his true passion in life, working with kids. As a teacher of 33 years, Bill was an active member in the community, contributing his woodworking skills and spending endless hours at the gym or school working on school projects such as Christmas bazaar items, floats, proms, and mentoring students. He worked as a U.S. customs officer from 1970 to 2003. He served in the U. S. Armed Forces between 1954 and 1956 during the Korean War. Bill loved walking his black lab, Babe, down to Deep Bay and going for convertible rides in his blue 1998 2-Door Chevrolet Cavalier Convertible. He will always be remembered and loved for his great storytelling, sense of humor and kindness towards others. He was a loving father who always put others before himself.
Bill is survived by his two daughters, Kim and Teri; two sons, Bill and Rob; ten grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service for Bill will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 at the American Legion in Oroville, Wash. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Oroville Booster Club, PO Box 6, Oroville, WA, 98844.
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