Bill Pilkinton was born in Springfield Missouri to John and Allene (Essary) Pilkinton. He passed away April 7th 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 days 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, 4-wheeling, yard work, barbequing, watching westerns, grandkids, and mostly his wife.
Bill is survived by his wife Pete, son Ryan (Pam); grandkids Rade, Taylon, Milana and Max of Tonasket; Barry (Lisa), granddaughter Lexi of Yakima; brothers Lee (Gail) Winthrop, John (Jackie) Spokane, Dave (Elena) Tonasket, Ron (Tammy) Chelan, and Joe of Springfield. Sisters Ann (Chuck) Lane Springfield, Sue (Gordy) Reeve, Anacortes; Kay (Greg) Thrapp Republic, Pat (Andy) Griffith Manson, Michelle (Chad) Smith Oroville, Mary (Jack) Hughes 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 20th at 2 p.m. at the Tonasket Eagles.
Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.