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H. William “Bill” Schroder



H. William (Bill) Schroder was born September 20, 1935 in Glendale, Calif., to Madge Wheelock and Harold King. In 1944, Bill moved to the Schroder Ranch in Goldendale following the marriage of his mother to Laurence Schroder. He attended Goldendale schools and graduated from Goldendale High School in 1954. After high school, Bill served in the Army for two years.

Bill returned to Goldendale and married Jan Ewing in January 1957. The couple moved to Renton where their daughter, Melynda, was born in September 1957. The family moved to Yakima in 1958 where Bill earned his aircraft mechanics license. Their daughter, Pamela, was born in Goldendale in March 1959. After earning his A&E license, the family moved to Dallesport where Bill worked at The Dalles Airport as a mechanic. A son, Dennis, was born in Goldendale in July 1960. Bill and Jan divorced in 1961.

In 1966, Bill married Betty Henderson. They lived in Goldendale and Bill worked as a heavy equipment operator and as a 701 Operators Union representative. Bill and Betty divorced in 1975. He moved to Vancouver and continued working as a union rep and equipment operator. Bill married Kay Fish in 1979 and the two formed a company, Hudson Bay Realty, in 1984. Bill enjoyed selling real estate and held his broker license until his death. In 1985, Bill earned his pilot’s license. He took many trips in his 1959 Cessna 182 which he really enjoyed. Bill also enjoyed scuba diving and obtained his scuba diver rating.

Bill began splitting his time between Goldendale and Vancouver in 1997 in order to help his father, Laurence, with the farming. He moved to Goldendale full time in early 2010 following his divorce from Kay. Bill continued to pursue his interest in bio-organic farming until illness kept him off the tractor in mid-2012.

During his life, Bill held many interests and was involved in several organizations. He was a life member of the Masonic Temple; a life member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry; a 45-year member of the Grange; served as president of the Washington State Pilot Association for four years; and was the current vice president of that association. Bill had also served on the Clark County Multiple Listing Board of Directors.

Bill passed away at the age of 77 on February 9, 2013, at his home in Goldendale. He was preceded in death by his parents, Laurence and Madge Schroder, and stepson, Daniel Fish. Bill is survived by his brother, Bob, of Seattle; first wife, Jan, and their children, Melynda and her husband, Burl Zielinski, Pamela and her husband, Ralph Jones, and Dennis, and his wife, Beth Schroder, all of Goldendale; his second wife, Betty, and her daughter, Kim Knox; his third wife, Kay, and her children Wendy Beatty, Randy Willis, Roc Willis, and Gregory Fish; grandchildren, Brendan Peck, of Goldendale, Kaitlyn Schroder, of Newberg, Ore., Chelsea Vo, of Corvallis, Ore., Mario Cambern, of Ashland, Ore., and Garrett and Natalie Schroder of Goldendale; three great-grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; and 13 step-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held for Bill on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel in Goldendale. Reception will follow at the Masonic Lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Klickitat Valley Health Hospice at 310 S. Roosevelt, Goldendale, WA 98620. Those having questions may contact LeAnn Paredes at (509) 773-0380.


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