Bill D. Whatley June 6, 1935 - January 30, 2014 Bill D. Whatley, 78 of Longview, WA died Jan. 30, 2014 at Oregon Health Science & University Hospital in Portland. He was born June 6, 1935, in Hedley, Texas, to Robert and Audrey (Dukes) Whatley and graduated from high school in Los Molinos, CA in 1954. Bill joined the Air Force in 1955, retiring as a major in 1975. Bill was a Fighter Pilot and received numerous medals, including the Silver Star, during his tours in Vietnam and Korea. After retiring from the military, Bill worked in real estate for five years. He then worked in the nuclear field and retired from Portland General Electric after 20 years. He moved to the local area 28 years ago and was a member of the Elks and the American Legion. He was passionate about his country and had a love/hate relationship with Fox News. He was also passionate about the word of God and always took time to explain anything to anyone who asked. After retiring, RVing, camping, and continuous home improvements filled his days. His family and his bride were his greatest loves. Knowledgeable, wise and caring, Bill supported his family and enjoyed making people laugh. He married Myrna Andersen on Oct. 3, 1956, in El Camino, CA. She survives him at home. Also surviving are four children, Linda (Don) in Vidalia, GA, Larry (Mary) in Oak Ridge, TN, Guy (Sara) in Condon, OR, and Stacey (Marcus) in Kelso, WA; 18 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, LeRoy, Carl and Keith; a sister, Kay; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held February 8, 2014, in Longview, WA, with Pastor Guy Whatley Officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or woundedwarriorproject.org.
Published in Daily News on Feb. 12, 2014