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William Woodrow Tilson

July 2, 1931 - July 17, 2011

U.S. Veteran

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 23, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel.

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William “Bill” Woodrow Tilson, 80, of Sweet Home passed away Sunday. He was born in Mars Hill, North Carolina to Bert Robert and Donna M. (Rice) Tilson.

He served in the United States Navy from 1950 to 1958. Bill retired from Seattle City Light. He also worked many years in the lumber industry in Sweet Home and California.

Bill is survived by: his wife, Blanche Tilson; children, Woody, Naomi, and Debbie; step-children, Chris and Neal Riley, Bill and Jeanett Bauman, Cindy and John Chasteen, Carol and John Zurfluh, and David and Loretta Bauman; eleven grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; sisters, Inez and Jim Steltz, Robbie Stanley, Liz and Marvin Christian, and Nadine and Pat Nolan; brother-in-law, Ron Hartman; and best friends, Thelma and Mike Brady. Mike was like a son to him.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mae Hartman.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 23, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel.

Arrangements are under the direction of Sweet Home Funeral Chapel.