Billie Joe Hilderbrand of Oroville passed away on November 23, 2015 at North Valley Extended Care. He was born October 13, 1932 in Rogersville, Missouri.
In 1943 the family moved to Oroville, Washington where he attended school until graduation in 1951. After graduation he proudly served his country in the United States Army. For most of his adult life Bill worked in the local fruit industry. It is there he developed a love of apple labels. He enjoyed buying, selling, and trading labels. He worked with a close friend to create the beautiful apple label wall which is still displayed at North Valley Extended Care. He loved pointing out his favorites and sharing stories about each label.
When Bill was 15 his baby sister, Pat, was born. They shared a special bond that continued throughout their lives. They were even fortunate enough to spend time together on his last day of life.
Bill had a passion for the mountains and for fishing that led him to the best catch of his life. One day he invited Myrtle Wood to go fishing with him and he was “hooked.” They shared 20 years of companionship.
Bill was a proud, loving, and fun dad, grandpa, and great grandpa. He loved spending time with his children and their families keeping up with all that was happening in their lives. He never ended a conversation without and “I love you.” He was also a devoted son and caring brother.
He will be missed by many but the loss is felt the deepest by his survivors which include his children Joni (Michael) DiTommaso, Kevin (Sandy) Hilderbrand and Keith Hilderbrand. Grandchildren Brandon (Kelly) Root, Kristen(Cameron) Haubrich, Brandon, Dylan, and Haylee Hilderbrand. Great grandchildren Max and Piper Root and Ellyse Haubrich. Siblings Pat (Gary) Nelson, Bob (Sandy) Hilderbrand and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Arlie and Josephine Hilderbrand, brothers Zeke and Keni.
Keeping with his request there will be no service.
Bergh Funeral Service and Crematory is in care of arrangements.