Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Bill McFadden, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on July 1, 2019, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia, Washington. He was born on March 10, 1953, to Jerry and Mary McFadden (Sturm), the second of their three sons.
Bill graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1971. He was married in 1974 to Kerin Murphy. They had two children together. Following their divorce, Bill married Lorna Gilpin in 1997, and became step-father to her two children. Bill and Lorna had one more child to round out their blended family.
Bill was always a hard worker. He first worked for Al Balin, managing the D&R Theater in the 1970s. He later worked for ITT Rayonier and various other logging companies. At one time, he co-owned McFadden Brothers Logging with his two brothers, Dennis and Calvin. He retired after working for Swanson’s as a maintenance man from 1999 until 2015. As a mechanic, Bill could fix most anything. But a mechanic’s wife knows that projects at home are neglected — Lorna is still looking for somebody to install the storm door.
Bill lived in Hoquiam for his entire life, except for a few stints at a logging camp in Alaska in the early 1980s. The experience provided material for fun stories told to his kids and grandkids — logging camp life, bears, whales, eagles and one notable basset hound.
Bill is survived by his wife of 22 years, Lorna McFadden; a brother, Calvin (Tammy) McFadden; his children and step-children, Shane (Rachel) McFadden, Melissa McFadden (Derek Pohle), Teresa Hoven, Bobbi Gordon and Jerry McFadden. Bill has 10 living grandchildren who were the light of his life, Kylie Fuller, Tyler Lugo, Riley McFadden, Lannie Harper, Emily McFadden, Dakota Gordon, Cheyenne McFadden, Dawson McFadden, Gabriel Pohle and Frances Pohle.
He is preceded in death by his father, Jerry, in 1989, his mother, Mary, in 2011, a brother, Dennis, in 2015, a granddaughter, Tia Joyce Lugo, in 1999, and a granddaughter, Alexis Harper, in 2001. He also suffered the loss of two beloved dogs — Hunny in 2014 and Jazzy in 2019.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Green Lantern Lunches, P.O. Box 443, Copalis Beach, WA 98535. Bill appreciated the mission of this organization, providing lunches to food-insecure children.
Bill always said, “the funeral isn’t for the dead guy”. To that end, we would invite you to come support one another and share fun stories about the old man.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, July 19, 2019, at the Coleman Mortuary Chapel, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam. A reception for family and friends will follow at the Our Lady of Good Help Catholic Church Parish Hall, 2nd and M streets in Hoquiam.
Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on line guest register at www.colemanmortuary.net.