July 1, 1940 – November 16, 2017
William “Bill” Edward Sneed Jr., 77, died peacefully on November 16, 2017, with family by his side in Corvallis.
Bill was notorious for his vivid storytelling, off-color humor, and fun personality.
Bill was born on July 1, 1940 to William “Pappy” Edward Sneed Sr. and Alma Grace Stine in Toppenish, Washington in the rural Yakima Valley. He was raised on a farm with six of his ten siblings. He spent his years between Hermiston and Albany.
Bill was a serious backwoodsman who loved fishing and camping at Green Peter Lake, hunting deer, and shooting old guns; his favorite gun being a Colt .45 M1911 Pistol. Bill gave his little brother Bryan his first gun, a .22 rifle that he won from a pool game at the historic Cottonwoods Ballroom.
In his youth, Bill was a daredevil who loved riding motorcycles and declared, “If you don't fall off once in a while, you're not really riding it!”
Bill was a resourceful jack-of-all-trades who dabbled in many industries, doing anything possible to support his family: potato farming, construction, building roof trusses, pumping gas, and selling watermelons.
He had an expertise for creating and MacGyvering, often spending time in his shop tinkering with vintage cars, woodworking, and leather crafting. His latest restoration project was a 1979 Chevy Scottsdale that he dreamed of using to travel the country and visit famous American landmarks. He combined his passions for building model airplanes and WWII history to work on one of his most ambitious projects: a 1/3 scale replica of a F6F Hellcat.
He is survived by his sons, Ethan and Eric; daughter Lisa Phillips; half siblings Belinda Brown (the only person allowed to call him "Billy"), William Bryan Sneed, and Loretta Mandarino; eight grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Bill will also be fondly remembered by his close friend Jim Spiegel.
Bill was preceded in death by five sisters and two brothers.
Two services will be held for Bill in Albany on Saturday, December 9, 2017: a funeral will be held at noon at his place of worship at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3030 Grand Prairie Rd SE, with a memorial service and celebration of life with reception to follow at 2 p.m. at Fairview Mennonite Church, 35100 Goltra Rd SE.
Per Bill's wishes, his cremated remains will be scattered at a place that brought him much solace and comfort: a lone tree at Pyramid Lake in Nevada.