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1390 Franklin Rd
Yuba City, CA 95993
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William G. Hale, better known as Bill to his friends, passed away at the age of 80 on July 4th, 2015 after a short but courageous battle with melanoma cancer. He was surrounded by the ones he loved as he peacefully transitioned to the other side. He was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

Bill was born on May 18th, 1935 in Willows, California before moving and spending most of his childhood in Sacramento. He attended the College of the Pacific in Stockton, CA (now UOP) where he was a member of the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity and where he met his wife, Judy, of nearly 55 years.

He was highly talented photographer, who's work earned him numerous awards. It was such a passion of his that he had his own personal darkroom in each of the homes he owned over the years.

After college, he began working at MBL, a laundry and dry-cleaning supplier that serviced California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. He started in the warehouse, but quickly worked his way up to General Manager, leading the company through many successful years.

In 1981, he made a major career change, leaving the corporate world and moving to Yuba City to become a walnut farmer. There, he ran the family farm with Judy for more than 25 years, before handing over the reigns to his sister-in-law, Alice.

His 70's, however, didn't bring retirement, just another career change. That is when he launched his walnut Willie's CD eBay Store, where he was one of a handful of officially authorized Time-Life Music resellers. His darkroom became his CD storage room, and he spent hundreds of hours in front of the computer completing thousands of transactions. He was committed to providing his buyers with the best customer service possible, and was very proud of his "power seller" status and his 100% positive feedback rating from over 10,000 transactions and reviews. When Bill wasn't immersed in eBay, He also kept busy volunteering for the Friends of the Sutter County Library. There, he sorted books, helped with fundraising, restarted the newsletter and has served as president for the last year.

Bill had a knack for brightening up a room and making everyone feel at ease. People were drawn to his friendly smile and his hearty laugh. He loved his gadgets, chips and dip, NASCAR and most of all, his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Judy, his son, Kevin and his wife Cherylle, his two grandsons, Zander and Logan, his sister, Joan, nieces Alice Patterson, Susan Ruprecht, and Lori Foutch, nephew Darren Marks and sister-in-law Alice Marks.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate his life on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at 10:30 am at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Yuba City at 1390 Franklin Rd.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill's memory to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church or the .

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Published in Appeal Democrat on July 8, 2015
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