William "Bill" G. York, 92 Hermiston, Ore., formerly of Upham, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Regency Nursing Home in Hermiston.
Bill was born March 3, 1921, at Selfridge, the son of Vern and Archilene (McLaughlin) York. He was raised and educated at Selfridge and assisted with the operation of the family farm during his younger years. Bill enrolled with the Civilian Conservation Corps at Foxholm for two years. He was united in marriage to Elaine Frishman on Nov. 7, 1941, at Sidney, Mont. They made their home on a farm near Deering prior to his entry into active duty service with the Army in 1943. He honorably served his country in the Pacific Theater of World War II as a surgical technician until he was discharged on Dec. 31, 1945, and returned to the family farmstead.
Bill and Elaine moved to Minot in 1948, where he was employed with Borstad Motor and Main Motors as a mechanic. He also worked for Union Truck Equipment and later Cenex Transportation for 21 years prior to his retirement in 1982. Bill and Elaine had two children, a son, Gary, and a daughter, Gayla. He had seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and eight stepgreat-grandchildren. Elaine died May 6, 1988.
On Dec. 25, 1988, he married Shirley Osgood and gained two stepsons as well as their wives and children, giving him seven stepgrandchildren and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.
Bill and Shirley lived in Rouge River, Ore., when they first married and later moved to Deering. After that, they traveled in their motor home, staying near children most of the time. They also lived in Upham and in Florence, Ore. They moved to Stanfield, Ore., in 2010 and in the fall of that year, Bill moved into Regency Nursing Home in Hermiston, where he was well cared for and loved by the staff members.
Bill loved fishing, traveling, gardening, waterskiing and visits with friends and family. He was incredibly creative and could fix just about anything and loved creating new things and he thrived on helping others. He liked to work on broken-down machinery. He played the harmonica upside down. His father bought him one when he was around 2 years old and that was how he learned to play. He brought joy to many people when he played.
Bill was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Minot. He helped to build the church, served as elder and in a number of other capacities. He was also a member of the local Teamsters Union.
Bill is survived by: his loving family, wife, Shirley York, Stanfield, Ore.; son, Gary (Karen) York, Thief River Falls, Minn.; daughter, Gayla (Leon) Schmidtbauer, Alexandria, Minn.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two stepsons, Ed (Vicky) Osgood, Richland, Wash., Rod (Wendy) Osgood, Irrigon, Ore., 14 stepgrandchildren and 15 stepgreat-grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elaine; grandchild, Christopher York; and brothers, Ben and Thomas York.
Bill was a loving father and husband and will be greatly missed.
Graveside service: Sunday, July 21, 2013, at 1 p.m., in Little Deep Cemetery, rural Upham.
Memorial service, followed by fellowship: Sunday, starting at 3 p.m., at Seventh-day Adventist Church, Minot.
Arrangements entrusted locally with Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.