William Henry Talley of Bozeman, age 75, passed away in Billings on Jan. 20, 2011, due to complications from kidney disease.
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William "Bill" was born in San Bernardino, Calif., then moved to the Zanesville, Ohio, area with his mother and father in 1936, where Bill's brother, Lonny, was later born in 1938. After their father, Wayne, finished his stint at Camp Pendleton in 1946, the family moved back to the Sunshine State, where Bill and his brother grew up and went to school.
From the moment he first laid eyes upon tinker toys at a year old, Bill was fascinated by how things worked. Upon graduating from El Monte High School, Bill entered the United States Army, where he served as a radar specialist.
Shortly after discharge he attended Pasadena City College, where he graduated with an associate degree in civil engineering. Bill began his engineering career at Cal Trans, designing bridges and overpasses for some of the most traveled freeways in Southern California. He then joined the Orange County Road Department in 1963, where he spent the next 26 years designing hundreds of county roads, flood control channels and bridges, and forging the infrastructure for Orange County's vast system of bike paths and walking trails.
Bill married his sweetheart, Barbara, in 1960, at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, Nev. The two enjoyed 47 happy years of marriage, sharing a love for camping, gardening and gourmet cooking.
Bill and Barb moved to Bozeman in 1997 to be near their new grandson.
Most recently Bill enjoyed wintering at his "Vacation Hovel" in South Texas, where he spent many happy hours playing bridge, cribbage and dominos with friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Talley; mother, Lois Talley and father, Wayne Talley.
He is survived by his daughter, Tonya Palazzi; son-in-law, Frank Palazzi; grandson, Johnny Palazzi, all of Bozeman; and brother, Lonny Talley of Hemet, Calif.
At his request, cremation has taken place under the care of Dokken Nelson Funeral Service. His ashes will be spread at sea along the Oregon Coast, near the final resting place of his wife, Barbara.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 26, 2011