William Wedberg

William “Bill” Wedberg

April 1, 1952 — March 29, 2019

From Richland, WABorn in Richland, WA

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Celebration Of Life Memorial

William “Bill” Wedberg: beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend too many, passed away suddenly on March 29th 2019 at Kadlec Hospital.  Bill was born on April 1st 1952 in Richland, WA. He worked in several tire stores, and ended his career with 25 years of service at Les Schwab Tire in Richland, WA.  He was married to the love of his life Barbara (O’Malley) for 47 years.  Their union brought him 3 daughters: Kim, Kristi, and Kari.  One of the highlights of his life was being with his 5 grandchildren.  He loved to take them fishing, watch their games, take them on golf cart rides, and just plain annoy them for his enjoyment.   Among his many hobbies was: fishing, golfing, keeping his yard intact, and hosting BBQ’s & Fish Fry’s.  What made these hobbies even more enjoyable was if he could do them with a red cup in hand. He was a friend to many, and a Richland Icon that will be missed and treasured.  

Bill is survived by his wife Barbara, his 3 daughters: Kim Wiser (Brad), Kristi Markham (Tim), Kari Weber (Doug), his 5 grandchildren: Brooklyn Wiser, Brandon Wiser, Austin Markham, Khloe Markham, and Tyler Weber. 

Bill was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Leona Wedberg, and his brother Robert Wedberg. 

Family, friends, and others whose lives Bill touched are invited for a viewing at Einan’s Event Center, Thursday April 4th from 4pm-8pm. A memorial service to be held at Richland Lutheran Church on Stevens Dr., Saturday, April 6th at 11:00 AM.  Donations to Cancer Center of Tri-Cities, The Wishing Star Foundation, or a charity of your choice in Bill’s honor would be appreciated.

 


Guestbook for

William “Bill” Wedberg


  • Dear Barb and Family; We have known you and Bill for all these many years and we are so very sorry about Bill's passing. He was a wonderful person and we are blessed to have you as friends. Every conversation with him made us laugh. He was always uplifting and had something funny to say and he always had a twinkle in those blue eyes of his. We always looked for him at Freddys, hoping to run into him. Bill would help anyone in need as he had such a kind heart. Many years ago, when he worked at Les Schwab, he helped my (Susan's) disabled brother with some good, used tires for his car at a very good price. Bill made a difference in this world and anyone who met him just once could see what a great guy he was. He is probably up in Heaven helping to greet the newcomers as they arrive. Bill may be gone physically from this Earth but he will always in remembered in our hearts. Love always, Susan and Kirby Ratliff

    Susan and Kirby Ratliff
    April 17, 2019
    West Richland, WA
  • Dear Barb and family, we just got the sad news that Bill died earlier this month. We are so terribly sad and sorry for your loss. Over the years Bill has continued to be one of the most fun loving family man we've known. We will miss his smiling face as we try to navigate Fred Meyer without him. He was so good at keeping us up to date with Bomber news! We will be praying for you and your family as you grieve his passing. Love Darlene and Dave

    Darlene and Dave Merrill
    April 16, 2019
    Richland
  • Bill I will miss our talks down at Fred Meyers, you were a very kind person and will be missed by everyone who knew you , R.I.P. my friend

    Kenneth Dame
    April 10, 2019
    Richland Wa
  • Bill was a good friend. Always made the day fun. I enjoyed being part of his and his family’s life while we lived in the tri cities. There is not enough space or time to share the time Bill and I had together. Great family the girls made him very proud. And Barb staying with him for so many years. My friend will be missed. Lester Mather Ephrata, wa.

    Lester Mather
    April 7, 2019
  • On March 29, 2019 I lost my good buddy and walleye fishing partner. Bill and I spent many many hours fishing and I always enjoyed listening to him talk about is daughters, grandkids and Barb whom he referred to as Mama. Each time when we finished fishing and had the boat loaded on the trailer he would call Mama and let her know that he was safe and was on him way home. I will never forget the great day Bill and I had when he caught his record walleye. I took a picture of the fish and had it blown up and when I gave it to him I told him to put it on the ceiling in the bedro0m. Mama wouldn't go for that. I have known Bill for many years and he was a very close friend that I will miss forever. I love you Good Buddy. Mike Hepper

    Mike Hepper
    April 6, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • Bill was the kindest, most uplifting a person could be. Thank you for sharing him with sooooooo many people, including us. We pray your memories will continue to provide you the smiles and laughter that Bill provided to all. Blessings to you today and everyday.

    Mark & Anne Gerken
    April 6, 2019
    Richland
  • There has always been a "Little Billy" in my life. We grew up together in a very tight knit neighborhood. I believe the Wedbergs were the heart and soul of our little conclave. There was a lot of fun and laughter and Billy in the forefront of any possibly dubious hijinks. I don't remember being angry at him - just irritated and annoyed. I curse Creedence Clearwater - the song "Suzy Q" made this tomboy's life a prime target for teasing. I winced whenever I heard it down the many aisles at Fred Meyer. Now I will probably listen to the song in a memorable way - but thankfully all of Fred Meyer will not hear it. Love you Barb and the girls. Little Billy will always be a part me .

    Susan Swanson
    April 6, 2019
    Benton County
  • I've known Bill ever since he worked in the Texaco station on Van Giesen... and at the time he was still in High school. At Christmas that year, Margaret and I were expecting our first daughter... and Frank put up a lottery drawing for a Lionel Train Set. Bill and I kidded back and forth a number of times, as to who was going to win... and we were both surprised when I did. For years and years afterward, when he was working for Les Schwab, he would kid me about what I was going to win next, or even better, when was I going to give him "his" Lionel train set. I am so sorry that I missed Bill's service... I know that Barb and the girls will greatly miss this great big teddy bear of a man that Bill was. gary

    Gary Petersen
    April 6, 2019
    Richland
  • I came to your church, to say goodbye today my friend, and listen to those who spoke on your behalf. The overwhelming / overflowing turn out was a true testament on who you were. I will miss our conversations. I will miss your wonderful humor. To Barb and girls, I am so very sorry for your loss. Memory of Bill will continue on as one to cherish, with thanks for the time we had growing up, crossing paths and getting older. RIP Bud ............

    Greg Shaw
    April 6, 2019
    hometown
  • I don’t think Bill ever met a person he didn’t like nor one that didn’t like him as well. I miss Bill his smile and humor a lot.

    Harvey Chapman
    April 6, 2019
    Richland, Wa.
  • WOW !!!! So sad and way to soon !!! An A+ human !!!! So many wonderful entries. So many treasures to reflect on....from the Columbia Little League,BB & M,city of Richland champs “little billy wedberg” (not quite as tall as the right field fence) morphed into the “bigger then life Billy”who captured us all with his unconditional love for all of us and life.....what an honor to have known him...TX for everything Billy !!!! Our prayers and thoughts for Barb and family .. The Strankmans,

    Strankmans
    April 6, 2019
    Mexico
  • My heart goes out to you Barb and your sweet family. So sorry to hear about Bill's passing. Praying for peace and comfort for you. Much love, Wendy

    Wendy See
    April 6, 2019
  • Barb and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Bill was like Will Rogers in that he never met a man he didn't like. We hope you.find comfort knowing how much everyone cared for him. Larry and Sally

    Larry and Sally Munnell
    April 6, 2019
    Richland,wa
  • Barbara and children, and grandchildren; our loving thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We both loved Billy so much; we will miss his sunny ways, his ready smile, and his beautiful personality. It is a terrible loss to all of us left on this planet; but God is the lucky one, as he has our wonderful Billy with Him. We love you Billy, we miss you so much it's terrible, so we can only imagine the loss that Barbara and the entire family are suffering. As I write this, I feel Billy smiling down on all of us. Love, Evie and Jim

    Jim and Evelyn Kennedy
    April 5, 2019
    Richland, Wa 99354
  • Barb and family, we are sorry for your loss. I will always have great memories and lots of chuckles remembering good times with Bill and family. He will be greatly missed.

    Thomas (Brad) & Carla Bock
    April 5, 2019
    West Richland
  • Sorry for your loss, Bill was a great guy. He was missed by all when he retired. So sad to see these young people pass away. The Faulkner's

    Rick Faulkner
    April 5, 2019
    Kennewick
  • Les Schwab Tires is renowned for their customer centered company culture and nobody epitomized that more than Bill. I moved to Portland after college and when my Dad died in 1983, my Mom really had little support when she had automobile issues. Fortunately, she learned to take the car to Les Schwab where she would patiently wait until Bill was available. Sometimes it was an issue with the tires and brakes, or maybe she just couldn't remember how to change the radio from AM to FM, Whatever it was, Bill made her feel like she was the most important customer in the world... I think she was convinced that he lived for her visits! I'm pretty certain that all of his customers felt the same way. Billy, you left us way too soon... before I ever took the time to thank you for the peace of mind you gave me, knowing my Mom was being treated so well, so honestly and fairly. THANK YOU and Rest In Peace, my friend.

    Gary Turner
    April 5, 2019
    Portland OR
  • My folks had the auto parts store next to Les Schwab forever, and Bill was always a shining light in that building, no matter how annoying I was as a teenager, asking to use his tire machine when I needed to change tires for my race car, or if it was when I was trying to pick out tires and wheels for my first car. Bill was always “patient”, helpful, and understanding, of course with a joyful razzing to go along with all that help. I knew Bill for as long as I can remember, and he was a very special man that always stood out as a friend and someone I could go to if I needed help, or just a good laugh. Even though I don’t get back to Richland very often, I knew I could still see him and Fred’s. Miss you Bill!

    Raymond Poynor
    April 5, 2019
    Mooresville, NC
  • I am so sorry for your loss... I have known Bill for years through Les Schwab and then Fred Meyer.. He always had a smile on his face and was very kind.. The world is definitely a better place when there are people in it like him. I pray for God to help you through these difficult times.. God bless you all always..

    Brenda Buccarelli
    April 5, 2019
    Richland Wa
  • Barbara -- we are very sorry for your loss. Heaven is a little brighter from that perpetual smile on Bill's face. He was a joy to know for well over 45 years - growing up a couple blocks from Bill and working next to him at Les Schwab. Bill was a good friend. We will miss him!

    John & Gail Poynor
    April 5, 2019
    Richland
  • I was so sorry to hear about Bill's passing. Love & prayers to his family. I knew him as Billy, way back in High School (about 50 years ago). Billy always had a smile, great sense of humor and a positive attitude toward this life. Goodbye Billy and God bless you & yours.

    Darlene Napora Shuley
    April 5, 2019
    Bee Cave, Texas
  • I met Bill while playing an occasional backyard basketball game and/or just shooting hoops at Craig Perkins' (RHS '69) house on Cottonwood. That was the "shorter" Bill. Years later, when I went into Les Schwab, the "tall" version of Bill greeted me. Bill has a great laugh and way of making you feel "at home" during your Les Schwab visits. My condolences to all of his family! R.I.P. Bill!

    Lee
    April 4, 2019
    Bush (RHS '68)
  • Bill was always friendly and had a smile that wouldn't quit. He was a really nice man. So sorry he had to leave so soon. I hope you find peace in these trying times. God Bless.

    Vesta Slater
    April 4, 2019
    Richland
  • Sending my love and prayers to my extended family. Bill was truly a great guy to be around and he will be missed dearly. Some of my fondest memories and a youngster was hanging out at the Wedberg house spending time with the family. I love you all very much!

    Hasani Duke
    April 4, 2019
    Seattle, WA
  • We prayed that Bill would make it through this latest health scare but it was not to be. He obviously affected so many people as well as us. Bless his family and know that he is with you in spirit. RIP Bill.

    Doyle and Kim Boatman
    April 4, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • Uncle Bill, my face can't help but smile when I think of you. Many happy memories. Hugs to all his beautiful ladies and their families.

    Dawna and Mike Buckingham
    April 4, 2019
    Boise, Id.
  • Bill was one of the first people I met when I moved from Central Oregon to Richland in 1985 to further my career with Les Schwab. What a great guy and mentor he was. So many memories with Bill and the crew. The camaraderie among all of us will always hold a special place in my heart. Barb and girls, so sorry for the loss of your husband and daddy. Bill was truly a great friend to me and will be missed.

    Doug Zinn
    April 4, 2019
    Prineville, OR
  • I worked with Bill early in his career at Rudy’s Tire. Bill was a very knowledgeable and good worker, plus he made the job fun to come to work. Bill is a Great around guy and will be very much missed! RIP.

    Jim Millbauer
    April 4, 2019
    Kennwick
  • Bill was one Heck of family man, friend, sports buddy, fishing buddy, camping buddy, and all around good guy! In the short 5 years we came to know him he took us in as one of his own. Love this man and the whole family! We will cherish all the wonderful memories we made. Until we meet again. Love The Sagaser’s (Kerry,Kyle,Kole,Jacob,Jack,and Drew)

    Kerry Kyle and Boys (The Sagaser’s)
    April 4, 2019
    Kennewick
  • We worked together, played together, drank together, hunted together, had knee surgery together and laughed together. Those were the days Bill. You were a lot of fun. RIP friend. We will always remember your smile. Thank you for being you.

    Marty & Sheryl Aubol
    April 4, 2019
    Bothell
  • Rest In Peace Bill, you will be forever missed.

    Doyle Hunter
    April 4, 2019
    Benton City
  • So many great memories from my youthful days. Sad to hear this and will forever be remembered. Great Great Man.

    Jason Buck
    April 4, 2019
    RVA
  • New Bill from Les Schwab and always enjoyed a conversation with him. Condolences to the family for such a loss. 🙏🙏🙏

    Mike Mudd
    April 3, 2019
    Richland Wa
  • Bill was such a great guy he always had that big smile I first met Bill at les schwab and than I would see him at fred meyer and he would always have time to talk about old times and how hs retirement was going, He was such I nice guy anyone who lives in richland cant foget Bill from les schwab , he will be greatly missed❤️🙏🙏

    Don Woodford
    April 3, 2019
    Richland
  • I had many conversations with Bill over the years.He was a very thoughtful and kind man.I'm so sorry that this good man was called home so soon.May peace and comfort console your grief until you meet with him again. Mitch.

    Mitch dickey
    April 3, 2019
    Richland
  • My deepest condolences for your loss! Bill always smiled, whether at Les Scwab or at Fred Meyer! Such a special person! My love and prayers to all of the Wedberg family!

    Delia Gonzalez
    April 3, 2019
    Richland
  • One measure of a man and his success in this life is the friends he makes along the way. Bill was a giant in that regard. He made 1000's of friends over the years. His passing is a sad moment indeed! You've earned a rest, Bill.

    Bill Phillips
    April 3, 2019
    Richland WA
  • Our Beautiful Wedberg family we are so sorry Bill has left earth. We want you all to know how much we love you all! We loved Bill so much, he could light up a room with a smile!! He was so kind, loving and giving!! Hardest worker ever!! Best Billy burgers, greatest pool parties ever!!! Barb, you and Bill raised 3 beautiful daughters!! We we're so blessed to have you in our lives!! We will say prayers for strength and comfort, so many of us are just devastated knowing the pain in your hearts losing such an awesome Husband, Dad and Grandpa!!! He was the Best friend to so many!! Love, love you all so much!!

    Mike, Cris and family
    April 3, 2019
    Pasco
  • So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. The obituary is so on point and brings back great memories of fun times with Bill and Barb. He will be missed by all who knew him and consider him to be thir friend.

    Ron Gouge
    April 3, 2019
    Richland
  • We will miss you Bill. We will be there on Saturday. Love and miss you.

    Kaui Kapololu
    April 3, 2019
    95 Cullum Ave Richland
  • Barb, Kim, Kristi, and Kari Words can't express our sorrow for your loss. Samantha and I will always hold a special place in our hearts for Bill. I spent 8 years working side by side as an Assistant Managers at Les Schwab with Bill. He taught me so much about customers and of course tires. That smile, "the one he would have after playing a practical joke on someone", and that laugh that would follow are burned into my mind forever. I can't thank him enough for the impact that he made on me and my career. We thank you for the memories and of course the laughs along the way Wedberg! RIP

    James and Samantha Dempsay
    April 3, 2019
    Vacaville CA
  • Billy, my heart just aches. My thoughts and prayers go out to his beautiful wife, Barb and daughters. I have known Billy since 3rd grade, went all the way through school and attended the same church with him. I have such wonderful childhood memories. At our 10 year reunion, he got the "most changed" in 10 years. Why...because all of a sudden he went from short to very tall. I couldn't believe it when I saw him. So I asked him if the "most traveled" could have a dance with the "most changed". He laughed...and danced. Loved talking to him at Les Schwab and Fred Meyer. He always had a hug for me, a big smile, and something funny to say. He made me laugh so much. I remember when each of his baby girls were born... he was so excited and proud of each of them. I will miss him so when I come to the TC area. Love to you Barb and family. I am so sorry I cannot attend the service. RIP Billy...will forever miss you. Cat

    Catherine Johnson-Pearsall
    April 3, 2019
    Arizona
  • I had the unenviable task of replacing Bill when he retired from Les Schwab. To say I had big shoes to fill, was an understatement. Bill immediately took me in and introduced me to his circle of friends. His grace made my transition as smooth as it can be when you follow a legend. By the end of my tenure, I felt like an honorary Bomber. I owe much of my success with Les Schwab to Bill, but more than that, he impacted me as a great friend. He was one of the most generous men I have ever met. Wedberg was truly one of a kind and my family will miss him dearly.

    Chris Wiggins
    April 3, 2019
    Bend OR
  • Bill has always had a special place in my life. A great man full of character! He was my dads Assistant Manager at Les Schwab while I was Assistant Manager in Kennewick. He will be dearly missed. Prayers to the family at this time.

    Dan Edwards
    April 3, 2019
    Redmond, OR
  • Bill brought so many smiles and laughter to me! As a long-time customer of his at Les Schwab, there was not one time I was in "His" store that we didn't talk about his daughters! He was so proud of each one of you and always had to show me pictures. Bill LOVED his family with all his heart. We reminisced about Mrs. Umlauf teaching at Marcus Whitman and how the girls were all grown up now! Where had time gone?!? More recently, I loved running into Bill at Fred Meyer....He ALWAYS had a smile on his face and took time to visit, and of course, show me pictures of grandchildren!!! Sometimes we thought he might get fired from spending too much time visiting! I am forever grateful for the joy he brought to my heart. God Bless you Wedberg Family.

    Debbie Umlauf
    April 3, 2019
    West Richland
  • That smile! That sense of humor! Bill was simply a joy to be around. As I sit here writing this, I closed my eyes and just thought back over the years...all the stories time could tell. But, the one thing that surpasses all of my memories... was the unwavering love he felt for his family. Was there anything he wouldn't do for his girls? I think not. What a wonderful man and I'm grateful to have known him.

    Lisa Blair
    April 3, 2019
    West Richland
  • OMG...Barb, Kim, Kristi and Kari...I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was truly one of god's angels on this earth and his laughter and sense of humor are second to none. I loved working with him at Les Schwab and getting to know you all through the years. I wish there were words to help take the pain away but there are so many awesome memories that will help ease that pain. If there is anything you need please let me know. I raise the Red Cup in Bill's Honor !! Thank you for being a great family friend and we will have the discussion again about looking into windows!!! Love you Bill

    Myra Wyant
    April 3, 2019
  • Barbara, I am schccked as I know you are that Bill is dead. I have known you guys since you were kids and played lots of golf with Bill. GOD BLESS YOU AND FAMILY.

    Ken Russell
    April 3, 2019
    Richland
  • What a wonderful man. Always had a great smile. We loved running into him at Fred Meyers. Hugs and prayers to the family for this huge loss.

    Karen Knirck Parker
    April 3, 2019
    Inchelium
  • Bill lived life tk its fjllest and was a blessed man. I am honored to know him and he will be a part of us forever. God bless

    Barry Long
    April 3, 2019
    Richland
  • Bill truly was one of the good guys. From Les Schwab to Fred Meyers and all through Richland he was respected and admired. I'm very honored to have been one of his friends. Rest in peace, Bill. You will be missed. Semper Fidelis

    Jack Drummond
    April 3, 2019
    West Richland
  • I am so sorry for your loss! My prayers are with you all.

    Dawn (Boggs) Hamilton
    April 3, 2019
    Walla Walla, WA
  • My father first introduced me to Bill, but as I approached adulthood, he was my tire guy! Like everyone else has mentioned, he conversated as he worked and put your tires on and when you were late on a payment, he reminded you! Bill was the type of guy that leaves an impression on people. I feel he inspired people so much, that they would try to live their lives like he lived his...values, morals, and ethics. It's very sad to hear the news, but more importantly, be happy to have shared a little piece of this man's life, for he was an incredible person to everyone! God Bless you Bill and Family!

    Kelly Hagins
    April 3, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • RIP Billy! You will be soooo missed! You have been like an Uncle to me growing up! You have an amazing family and my prayers go out to all of you! 🙏🙏🙏🙏. Hugs♥️♥️♥️ I can’t attend your service as we are on vacation. RIP!!!!

    Shelly Burks Baker
    April 3, 2019
    West Richland
  • I will miss this great mans sweet smile. I was looking through pictures of when Ken and Jake and him used to go fishing. He was truly a friend to everyone..

    Vicki Watts Castleberry
    April 3, 2019
  • What a great person. always greeted you with a smile. He is a Richland icon. If you had to name 5 people of Richland you remember, Bill would be at the top of the list. He will be missed. R.I.P. Bill. Love you brother!

    Gary & Debbie Leingang
    April 3, 2019
    West Richland, Wa.
  • Bill was a good friend. A supportive parent. And was always there to help when my family, especially my kids, went through emergency tire distress. Our conversations at Les Schwab and Fred Meyers always served to make my day. He will be missed.

    Charlie Bussman
    April 3, 2019
    West Richland, WA
  • My heart goes out to his family and close friends. Rest in Peace.

    Leslee
    April 3, 2019
    Rochester, wa
  • Bill was a year behind me in high school and when I graduated he was just five foot three inches. Are pathed didn’t cross for a year and boom Bill grew a foot in his senior year. No longer my little buddy but an active basketball player where we had tons playing against each other in Richland city league. You could always count on Bill to give you the best deal he could at the tire store and his humor and radiant smile was so infectious. Running into Bill out in public wS always a neat time to catch up and hear the latest he had going in his life. Bill was one in a million and will be dearly missed by all who were lucky to have this gentle giant in their life. Prayers and sympathy to Barb and Their daughters and extended family and close friends. I was honored to know Bill and one day we’ll meet again. Love Ya Man!!

    Tom Albert
    April 2, 2019
    Richland
  • I have never known anyone who is so well thought of by everyone that knew him. The guy certainly is a Richland icon for all the right reasons. RIP

    Bob Cummings
    April 2, 2019
    West Richland
  • My condolences to Barb and family..Such a comfortable man to know..Nobody didn’t like Billy .Happy to have had that pleasure .. June

    June Nielsen
    April 2, 2019
    Richland, Wa.
  • Prayers and hugs..he always had a smile..

    Patty and duard morrell
    April 2, 2019
    Richland
  • My heartfelt condolences to you Barb and your family. Bill has been a part of our “Richland” family forever. What a tremendous loss to all. Much love and prayers to all. Rest In Peace Bill.

    Connie Cranna
    April 2, 2019
    Richland
  • I love you little Billy Wedberg. You were a great friend. Thank you for being n my life and always making me feel welcomed. I love you Barb and your wonderful family.

    Lorie Morrison
    April 2, 2019
    West Richland
  • I JUST CHATTED WITH BILL AT FRED MEYER NOT LONG AGO. I AM SHOCKED AND SAD TO HEAR OF HIS SUDDEN PASSING. HE WAS TOO YOUNG AND TOO FULL OF LIFE. BILL WAS ALWAYS A DELIGHT TO SAY HELLO TO AND I KNOW HE WILL BE MISSED BY SO MANY PEOPLE. PRAYERS TO BARB AND TO ALL OF THE FAMILY AS YOU DEAL WITH THIS HUGE LOSS OF BILL.

    BARB CHASE
    April 2, 2019
    BENTON CITY WA
  • Bill was a truly good man. His great heart and wonderful smile will be missed. I am privileged to have known him. My deepest sympathies to his family.

    Joe Holt
    April 2, 2019
    Richland, Wa
  • Our heartfelt love, prayers and sympathy to you, Barb and your entire family as you morn the loss of your beloved Bill!It is never easy to lose those we love but remember we must not learn to live without them but to live with the Love they left behind!! May God wrap His loving arms around all of you and give you peace!! We will miss seeing him...RIP Bill Love & Hugs ❤️Sue & Roy

    She & Roy Gunter
    April 2, 2019
    Richland
  • We grew up together, went to school, played Little League Baseball, graduated from RHS 1970 & enjoyed lots of basketball games with The Gaslight, through out the Tri-Cities. Later in Life we lived up the street from each other & I even had the privilege to teach Bill's youngest daughter in RHS. Bill became a revered Richland Community ICON at Les Schwab helping make His myriad of local customers happy & SAFE. Bill played all the sports as an adult competing in local leagues year round & loved to fish. I can say from experience rarely, rarely did Bill ever miss an open shot or a post up in the key. Bill raised a solid, strong family. He established a strong relationship with the community that has transcended generations. We will miss You Bill. You lived life to the fullest. Sincere condolences to the Wedberg Family. Steve Piippo & Family

    Steven Piippo
    April 2, 2019
    Steven Piippo
  • Such a wonderful man, called home to Jesus. Barb, Kim, Kristi, Kari and family - my heart breaks for you as you begin a new chapter of your lives without him here on earth. He always loved his family and spoke of you often over the years of our friendship. I have a feeling that he will continue to walk beside each one of you daily...as his love will be carried in your hearts. Can't say enough about how much I loved his bear hugs, laughter and the stories he'd tell. I am blessed by having known him and will treasure those memories. Much love and prayers to you all. Unfortunately I won't be able to attend, but know my heart is with you all.

    Joyce Bowman & Family
    April 2, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • When my mom moved us to our house on Cottonwood your parents were so kind and quickly became close friends! Over the years you always made sure I was taken care of quickly when I had to come in for tire needs. Then there was always the Spudnut Shop and of course Bomber games! Such a great man, Tony will be truly missed!

    Kelly (Harris) Wheeler
    April 2, 2019
    Albany, Oregon
  • Bill was the most amazing boss to me at Les Schwab. He was kind to everyone he met. He was funny too. I remember on of his girls married Brad Wiser and anyway the we're going to have a baby boy and I asked him what they were going to name him. He said Bud!! Bud Wiser! I thought that was so funny. He always made us laugh. I'm sorry you weren't here for you April 1st Birthday but I bet you had everyone in stitches celebrating your new body in Heaven. See you again my friend. Linda (Abbey) Cone class of 71

    Linda Cone
    April 2, 2019
    Richland
  • I'm sorry but I didn't complete my post. Our families met when I was 3 years old. They were from Nebraska and our Mom and Dad were from Missouri. There was an immediate bond and we spent Holidays, Birthdays, Vacations, Boating, Skiing (water/snow), Camping, Thanksgiving at Black Lake, etc. It was a blessing that Billy and Bob were our brothers and I was their only sister. He always called me "Sissy" - naturally to tease, which he was proficient at. We all enjoyed his birthday of April 1st which was fitting and allowed us to make a lot of interesting paybacks. He and his family are a blessing to us and love them all. Love, Sissy

    Janet Hubbs Diediker
    April 2, 2019
    Kennewick
  • We're going to miss you "Hill." You always rolled out the red carpet for us when we went to Les Schwab and Fred Meyer. You always greeted us like we were your best friends. Always hoped to go fishing with you... You were a fishing machine and legend... But... A lousy golf cart driver!! We will miss you HILL.

    Steve & Carmen Forsberg
    April 2, 2019
    Pasco
  • My deepest sympathies to Barb and family. Bill was truly a man who never met a stranger! It was always a joy to see him, and his memory will live on through his friends and family.

    Debra Norbeck Smith
    April 2, 2019
    Tieton WA
  • I was blessed to be Bill's sister for 63 years. Our families

    Janet Hubbs Diediker
    April 2, 2019
    kennewick
  • I've had the pleasure of knowing and working with Bill since 97. Always kind,honest,funny and a straight shooter. I always had to smile when I would see him at Freds to support his golfing (he said 😊). My heart and prayers to you Barb and your family, he will be missed

    Dave Sebade
    April 2, 2019
    Richland
  • Bill you will be truly missed. So many memories of us growing up together on Cottonwood and I think it was Sanford when we were pretty young. Our folks sure had fun with all of us. Say hi to them and don’t forget BaBa. Wish I could be there but I am inArizona. Blessings to your family.

    Judy Drinkwalter. (Sobotka)
    April 2, 2019
    Billings Montana
  • I went to high school with Bill, and had visited with him at Fred Meyer, not so long ago. He was best described as personality plus, he had a gift for customer sales and service. My sincerest sympathy to his wife, children and grandchildren. He was truly an original.

    Tom Brown
    April 2, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • RIP Bill.

    Larry Reid
    April 2, 2019
    Richland
  • Our families met on Sanford st. In Richland, then to Cottonwood. Bill's parent's were godparents to my sister, Jill. Saw him & Barb in January. Still trying to come to terms with this. Bill, you are now with your parents & Bob. May God hold you forever in his arms

    Joette Sheeley
    April 2, 2019
    Finley
  • Wow..how do you describe Bill's impact on all who knew and truly loved him? To say that he was the person that could always bring a smile, and more than laughs to anytime he was in your presence. To Barb and the girls...so sorry that your life is turned upside down just now. Hugs to all of you.

    Chris Hopkins
    April 2, 2019
    Richland
  • I am so sorry for Your Loss. Bill was such a great guy. My husband, Jim Adair, is leaving town tomorrow for a week. I am almost blind and I will be on my own and can't drive. I will miss his service and I am so sorry. I am still in shock. GOD BLESS and PRAYERS For ALL OF YOU. At least we know that he is out of pain and all healed and watching over you all and he has his own red cup.

    Kathie Adair
    April 2, 2019
    West Richland, WA
  • We have another Angel in heaven watching over us.

    Paula Smith
    April 2, 2019
    Richland
  • We were so sorry to hear the news of Bill’s passing. He was such a wonderful guy, and it was always a pleasure to see him and have a quick chat. We will hold the memories we have of Bill in our hearts forever.. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Barb and all your girls and their families.. He was a treasure!!

    Kris and Jack Bonewell
    April 2, 2019
    Richland
  • The best. no more worde necessary for a true king of a guy.

    Jerry Corrado
    April 2, 2019
    richland
  • I knew “Wild Bill” for over 40 years., and really enjoyed it when they moved in just around the courier from Shelly and me after he retired. This world will be a lesser place without him. RIP.

    Gene Grohs
    April 2, 2019
    Surfside Beach SC
  • A very good man. So glad to know him as a friend. Always a smile to cheer up your day. A blast on the golf course. Will miss you, Billy. RIP forever!

    Jim Schildknecht
    April 2, 2019
    Richland
  • Dear Barbara and family - We are so sorry for your loss - Bill was one of the nicest, friendlies. happy go lucky (I could go one for ever),,, We thought the world of him and will miss Bill so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughters/family. God Bless all of you, Rick & Cathy Poynor

    Rick & Cathy Poynor
    April 2, 2019
    Richland
  • Lost one of the Good Guys with Bills passing...never had a cross word and was always a good friend to all......he'll be missed by both family and friends

    Don and Elaine (Tesky) Hawkins
    April 2, 2019
    Richland

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