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Obituary for William Henry Rich Jr.

William Henry Rich, Jr., 86, of Willamina, Oregon, passed away on February 1, 2024, in Dallas, Oregon. He was born on August 5, 1937, in Burbank, California. William lived in Riverside California most of his life until he moved to Oregon in the early 2000's. He loved Oregon and called it "God's Country". He was happy and excited to make the move as he had family that already lived in Oregon. William, affectionately known as "Grandpaw" was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing. William will be deeply missed by all who knew him especially his family. He was a hardworking man, dedicated to his family and everything he did was for them. He was a proud Father, Grandpa and Great Grandpa.

William is survived by his two loving daughters, Paula Arklander (Ray) of Dallas Oregon, Belinda Weichers (Mike) of Dallas Oregon, Sister, Pam Dunn (Don) of Battle Creek Washington, Brother, Jim Rich (Nancy) of Meridian Idaho.

He is also survived by his 6 grandchildren Kyle Arklander, Mandy Osgood-Jones (David), Hollie Arklander, Emily Arklander, Michelle Diehl & Matthew Diehl and 8 great grandchildren, Bailee, Bridgett, Bentley, Brielle, Everett, Zaiden, Cadis & Avery. He was preceded in death by his father, William H. Rich, Sr., and his mother, Dorothy J. Rich.

William proudly served in the United States Army during his military career. His dedication and commitment to his country were commendable, and his contributions will always be remembered. While serving he received the Good Conduct Medal, Marksman (Carbine), Marksman (Rifle M1). While stationed in Japan he met and married his first wife, Yoshiko Shiobara, who also preceded him in death.

After his military service, William pursued many different career paths. He worked as a Manager for Thrifty Drug Store for several years, sold insurance for Allstate Insurance Company and ended his career doing what he loved the most, being a Truck Driver. While driving truck he worked for various companies, including Noble Mountain Christmas Trees, Penny Saver, Home Base, PIE and Fertilla Fertilizer. He also taught Truck Driving for a period of time. He was known for his exceptional driving skills and his dedication to his work and work ethic. Those ethics were instilled in him from a young age. Over the years he became an airplane enthusiast and earned his private pilot’s license. He loved flying as he felt peaceful and calm while up in the clouds. He was a hard worker and was always there to help out anyone in need!

In his free time, William enjoyed hunting, fishing, and anything that involved the great outdoors. He was a deep thinker with exceptional problem-solving skills. His mechanical ingenuity and engineering abilities were top notch, he could figure out anything and wouldn't stop thinking about it until he did! He had a passion for woodworking and building, creating beautiful pieces that showcased his craftsmanship. However, his greatest joy came from spending time with his family, cherishing every moment together.

A memorial service to honor and celebrate William's life will be held on Thursday February 15, 2024, at 10:30am at Bollman's Tribute Center with a private burial at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland Oregon at 2:00pm. Friends and family are invited to join the memorial service in remembering the remarkable man that William was and are encouraged to share their cherished memories. Bollman's Tribute Center is caring for the family.

May the memories of William Henry Rich, Jr. bring comfort and strength to his loved ones during this time of grief.