William Ferris Kingman (1943 - 2018)

Obituary
  • "Georgia, Let Bob and I know if there's anything we can do...."
    - Bob/Steph Kingman

William Ferris Kingman

January 26, 1943 -
October 25, 2018

Bill Kingman, 75, was born on Jan. 26, 1943, in Medford, OR. He was the fourth of five children born to Orville Arthur Kingman and Leona Maude Hall Kingman. He died Oct. 25 at home in Sherwood after experiencing a decline from a stroke in May 2016. He was raised in Eugene, graduating from South Eugene High School in 1962.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Bill completed parachute rigger "A" training at NAS Lakehurst, NJ, and then reported to duty with an anti-submarine warfare patrol squadron at NAS Whidbey Island, WA. Deployments were to Kodiak, AK and Iwakuni, Japan. He loved his many flights onboard the squadron's P2V Neptune.

After his discharge Bill worked as an assistant manager at Safeway for five years and was a Lane County deputy sheriff for two years. He then spent 35 years as a driver, working for several trucking companies and a tour bus company. He retired in 2005 after 18 years with International Wood Products (IWP) in Clackamas.

As a "people person," Bill was friendly and liked to talk with everyone he met. He could always find some common ground, and strangers did not remain so for long. He was known to all as a gentleman, good-natured, "straight arrow" type of guy, who was always willing to lend a helping hand. But he was no push-over, and rarely did anything he didn't want to do. After his retirement, he enjoyed working in the yard, taking long walks, playing on his flight simulator, and visiting with neighbors.

Bill was always on time, dependable and conscientious. His scouting and military training along with his mother's influence led him to be a person of integrity and gentleness.

Bill was a self-educated man. He loved watching television newscasts morning, noon and night without interruption; and educational programming on a wide variety of interests.

Bill was predeceased by his parents; sister, Maureen (Jay) Eisenbeis; and brother, Orville (Bud) Kingman.

Bill is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Georgia Remmel; son, Brian (Rosalee) Kingman of Hillsboro; grandchildren, Natalie, Matthew, Kayelee, William and Emmalie; brothers, Ralph Kingman of Redmond, WA and Robert (Stephanie) Kingman of Eugene; sisters-in-law, Nancy (Ronald) Typinski of Missoula, MT and Peggy (Barry) Savage of Colorado Springs, CO; family friend, Doug Armstrong of Bellevue, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation and burial arrangements at Willamette National Cemetery are being handled by Attrell's Newberg Funeral Chapel in Newberg. A celebration of Bill's life will be held in the spring. Bill's full obituary and guest book is available at www.Attrells.com


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Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Nov. 4, 2018
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