May 13, 2012 in Obituaries

Obituary: Pillsbury, William Merril

Age 87

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William Merril

William Merril Pillsbury passed away on May 9, 2012 at his home in the Spokane Valley. He was born on July 6, 1924 in Chico, CA to Walter and Hattie (Osenbaugh)
Pillsbury. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marion Louise, sons Michael (wife, Maribel), Mark (companion, Danett Margaris) and daughter Carol McPartland (husband, Michael), grandchildren Michele (Nathan) Dunlap, Angela (Jason) Graham, Jessica (Ryan) Suenishi, Luke Pillsbury, Kelly (Ben) Moser, Colin, Kevin and Kimberly McPartland. Great-grandchildren, Naomi, Ivy, Eden and Juliet Dunlap, Joshua Graham, Peyton Suenishi, Jonathan Pillsbury and Millie Moser.

Bill was raised in Chico, California with one brother Charles and graduated from high school in Chico. After high school his family moved to Oakland, CA where his dad worked as an accountant and his mom taught school. He attended the University of California at Berkeley where he earned a degree in Business. It was during college that Bill met Marion who was also attending college there and they were later married on August 28, 1947.

Bill moved his family to Spokane in 1959 after he was transferred with Cutter Laboratories (Hollister Stier) and stayed with the pharmaceutical company until his retirement in 1983. He was a member of the Spokane Exchange Club, the National Association of Accountants and a long standing member of Opportunity Presbyterian Church. His hobbies included golf, bridge, reading, traveling and listening to classical music.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate Bill’s life at Opportunity Presbyterian Church on Tuesday May 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM.

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