William Kendall Koller (Union Bill) Aged 74 Passed away, surrounded by his loving family, in Sacramento, California, on Sunday, July 20th, 2014, from complications due to lung cancer. Bill was born on February 20th, 1940, the youngest of four children (and the only boy). As a teen he developed a life-long love of motorcycles. He served proudly in the United States Air Force from 1957-1961. After the military, Bill served as a police officer at Port Hueneme. Bill joined the Laborer's Union Local 185 in 1976. A passionate advocate for union rights, he worked his way up from a journeyman Laborer to Secretary Treasurer, and retired in 1994. He was a member of the Clampers ECV Chapter 3, and brought more than a few friends and family into that fraternal brotherhood. Bill firmly believed in sticking up for the little guy. He kept that mentality his entire life, and was often the first to offer help to anyone who needed it. This was a trait he passed forward to his children and grandchildren. He had an easy smile and a twinkle in his eye. Bill is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sonna Sue Koller, his children, Susan Bergin, Carolyn Allen, Linda Ward, Jeffery Barnette, and his first wife Paulette Koller, the mother of his daughters. He also leaves behind 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, August 10th, 2014, at 11:00 am at the American Legion Outpost 521, 6700 8th Street, Rio Linda, CA. Memorial donations may be made to the
or Wounded Warriors.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Aug. 1, 2014