William 'Bill' Barbour


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Posted Online: Nov. 10, 2012, 6:27 pm
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William F. "Bill" Barbour died Oct. 31, 2012, ending a four-year struggle with the progressive neurodegenerative disease known as multiple system atrophy (MSA) or Shy-Drager syndrome.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Our Lady of Guadalupe, West Seattle. Interment will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery, Covington, Wash.
Born on Oct. 18, 1924, in Rock Island, Bill served in the Navy during World War II, stationed in the Pacific. He graduated from the University of Illinois and was employed as a mechanical engineer by Kennametal Inc. for 38 years in the Midwest region. Bill, along with his family, resided in Cincinnati, Ohio and Rockford, Ill., prior to relocating with his wife to Gig Harbor, Wash., in 1998.
Bill is survived by Mary, his wife of 66 years; daughters Mary Beth and Suzanne both of Seattle, Wash.; son Steve of Duluth, Ga. (Florence); five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen Westendorf, Redmond, Wash.; his parents, Willis M. and Teresa (formerly Bruha); four sisters, Madeline O'Brien (Len), Marguerite Waters (Harry), Claire Rose Bracelin (Bob), Mary Helen Amoni (Ed) and his brother, Gene Barbour (Marilyn), all of Illinois.
Memorial donations may be made in the name of William F. Barbour to SDS/MSA, 8311 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 105-434, Raleigh, NC 27617 or www.shy-drager.org.
Condolences and memorials may be left in the online guestbook at www.howden-kennedy.com.

















 



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