William F. Barbour|
William F. (Bill) Barbour died October 31, 2012 ending a 4 year struggle with the progressive neurodegenerative disease known as multiple system atrophy (MSA) or Shy-Drager syndrome.
Born on October 18, 1924 in Rock Island, Illinois, Bill served in the Navy during WW II, stationed in the Pacific. He graduated from the University of Illinois and was employed as a Mechanical Engineer by Kennametal Inc. for 38 years in the Midwest region. Bill, along with his family, resided in Cincinnati, Ohio and Rockford, Illinois prior to relocating with his wife to Gig Harbor, WA in 1998.
Bill is survived by Mary, his wife of 66 years; daughters Mary Beth and Suzanne both of Seattle, WA; son Steve of Duluth, GA (Florence); five grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Kathleen Westendorf of Redmond, WA; his parents, 4 sisters, and one brother, all of Illinois.
Bill's family wishes to thank the staffs of Kline Galland Hospice, Synergy and Bridge Park Retirement Community for their compassionate care these past 3 months.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 9:00 am, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Our Lady of Guadalupe, West Seattle. Interment will follow at 12:30 pm at Tahoma National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in the name of William F Barbour to SDS/MSA, 8311 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 105-434, Raleigh, NC 27617 or www.shy-drager.org.
Condolences and memorials may be left in the online guestbook at www.howden-kennedy.com
Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 10, 2012