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Bill Pilcher

June 3, 1928 ~ March 16, 2018 (age 89)
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Billy “Bill” R. Pilcher, 89, of Baker City, died March 16, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2018, at the Baker City Elks Lodge #338 beginning at 2:00 PM.  

Bill was born June 3, 1928 in Eugene, Oregon son of Harry “H.W.” and Margaret “Davies” Pilcher. Bill joined the Merchant Marines at the age of 16. From the moment Bill got diesel smoke in his nose, he knew what he wanted to do; become a teamster.  Bill and Perry had a logging business for a few years, he worked for K-Lines, Gresham Transfer, and after retirement he worked at the Wagon Wash, meeting many new friends while working there.  

Bill had a gift of gab, telling stories about logging roads, trucks, highways, rock hounding, mining, and fishing.  When inquired on how he was, his typical response, “Fair to middlin”.  Weekly, Howard, a great friend, and Bill would road hunt and take all of their favorite mountain drives.  He also enjoyed spending many fine days in the field pursuing crafty critters.  A good friend recently wrote, “Bill’s level of courage and realism as he faced his current health challenges were inspiring.  Bill was a great person, woodsman, and family man.  He will be greatly missed.”

Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years Jewel “Riggs” Pilcher, his “darling daughter” Judi Pilcher, son Larry Phillips and Anita, brother Perry “P.D.”, grandson Kody Robinson and Michelle, granddaughter Talia Ruiz and family, Danielle Alba and family, great granddaughter Alexis, nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Heart ‘N’ Home Hospice for their loving care.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘N’ Home Hospice through Coles Tribute Center at 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814. 

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