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William "Bill" Dhalliwal


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William "Bill" Dhalliwal Obituary


William (Bill) Dhalliwal peacefully passed away on March 7, 2018 at Rideout Hospital due to complications following a long battle with kidney failure. Bill Dhalliwal was born to the late Baldev (Billy) Dhalliwal and Isabel Singh in Brawley, California on October 16, 1947.

Bill was raised in Yuba City where he lived with his mother Isabel, and in Holtville, CA where he lived with his father and stepmother, Bill and Jackie Dhalliwal. His family farmed in both places, so Bill spent a lot of time traveling between the Sacramento Valley and the Imperial Valley. He graduated from Yuba City High School in 1965, and shortly thereafter, he briefly attended Yuba College. In 1969 Bill joined the United States Navy. In 1970 he was deployed to Da Nang, Vietnam, and spent five tours serving there in the Vietnam War. He proudly served his country with honor and distinction, and made sure everyone knew that he was proud to have defended the greatest country on earth. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1972, and returned to Yuba City.

Bill was passionate about God, family, his country, his cultural heritage, and the United States Navy, and to know him was to know these things. He met and married the love of his life, Juanita (Nita) Arredondo, in 1983. Together they raised his twin daughters, Gina and the late Tina Dhalliwal. In 1984 they welcomed their daughter Whitney, and close to three years later they welcomed their daughter Kristalin. They rounded out their beautiful family of girls in 1989 with the birth of their daughter Meagan. In addition to their children, Bill and Nita lovingly raised two of their granddaughters, Eternity Burnett and Brina Williams. They happily raised all seven girls in Yuba City. In addition to raising his own children, Bill often "adopted" the numerous friends of his daughters, and ensured that each one felt like family.

Bill retired from the City of Davis in 2001. Throughout his life he enjoyed spending time with his very large family, including his three brothers, two sisters, uncles, aunts, and numerous cousins. Family was the most important thing in his life next to God. His friends also ranked high on his list of priorities. He was known for making lasting friendships out of the briefest of encounters, and everyone who ever met him loved him. During his retirement years he enjoyed watching his girls excel in sports, spending time with his children and grandchildren, cooking large meals that could feed an army, and toodling around town to visit some of his favorite grocery/drug stores where he would make new friends daily. He loved life and tried to ensure that everyone he met loved life as much as he did.

Bill is survived by his mother, Isabel Singh of Yuba City, his stepmother, Jackie Dhalliwal of Boulevard, CA, his loving wife of 34 years, Nita, daughter Gina Davis, daughter Whitney and her husband Jarrod Hardison, daughter Kristalin and her husband Don Henson, daughter Meagan Dhalliwal, and grandchildren Eternity Burnett, Lacey and Meranda Davis, Brina Williams, Alexandria and Jackson Hardison, and Holly Henson, who is expected to joyously arrive this July. He is also survived by his sister Saundra and her husband Patrick Crawley of Eugene, OR, his brother Britt Dhalliwal of Holtville, CA, his brother Scott Dhalliwal and his wife Phyllis of Holtville, CA, his sister Jill and her husband Rick Rhoades of Okmulgee, OK, his uncle and aunt, Ralie and Stella Singh of Yuba City, and his cousins, Becke Singh, David Singh, and David and Anne Rai of Yuba City. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by both sets of his grandparents, his father Billy Dhalliwal, his brother Dart Dhalliwal, his daughter Tina Dhalliwal, his uncles and aunts Eugene and Betty Johnson and Lal and Mary Rai, and his cousin Leela Rai.

A viewing and rosary will be held on Thursday, March 15, from 4 pm to 7 pm at Chapel of the Twin Cities in Yuba City. A funeral mass will be held Friday, March 16, at 11:00 am at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Yuba City, and military honors will immediately follow. A Celebration of Life will be held following the mass and military honors at Ting's Refuge in Yuba City. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fisher House Foundation which builds comfort homes where military and veterans families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital.
Published in Appeal Democrat from Mar. 13 to Mar. 14, 2018
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