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1811 NE 16th Ave #A
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-675-3447
Fax: 360-682-2359
William 'Bill' Chiles

William 'Bill' Edward Chiles

Tuesday, February 21st, 1928 - Saturday, May 18th, 2019
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William (Bill) Edward Chiles was born on February 21, 1928 in Champaign, IL and passed away at age 91 in Oak Harbor, WA on May 18, 2019. The family moved to Springfield, IL when Bill was a year old. Bill attended Lawrence Grade School and graduated from Springfield High in January 1946. In February, on his eighteenth birthday he enlisted in the Army and served in the Army Air Corps as a weatherman in Okinawa. Bill was discharged in late 1947 from the US Airforce and returned to Springfield. In 1951, he graduated from Missouri School of Mines & Metallurgy in Mechanical Engineering and worked in the aerospace industry as design engineer at GE in Lynn, MA and at the Eldec Corp in the Seattle area. He had many patents in his field and retired in 1993. Bill enjoyed boating, skiing, senior men’s softball, golf, the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks and especially family gatherings. He was also a member of the Oak Harbor Yacht Club. William was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Mary Lee (Goodman) Chiles; his brother, Richard; his sister, Betty Chiles Gray; his grandson, Adam Becker; and his beloved dog, Ray. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 67 years, Marjorie, and five children: sons, William Jr. (Debbie) and Robert (Kathy); daughters, Laura Boyes (Dick), Tracy Becker (Mike), and Becky Backstrom (Guy); and by niece and ward, Lee Stemler (Karl), all of Washington state. He is also survived by his brother, Howard Chiles, Jr, and his son Robert L. Chiles of Springfield and sister Barbara Miller of Decatur. Also, eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren plus numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family would like to thank Hospice of the Northwest, Mt. Vernon: Leslie, Jennie, and many others for their kind and devoted care. William will be buried at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA on June 14, 2019. On August 4, 2019, there will be a Celebration of Life at Dugualla Bay Clubhouse. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s name to the SPCA and VFW Post 7392. Arrangements entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, WA.
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    Sunday, August 4th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Sunday, August 4th, 2019 11:30am
    Dugualla Bay Club House
    591 Beacon View Drive
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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  • Interment

    Friday, June 14th, 2019 | 9:30am
    Friday, June 14th, 2019 9:30am
    Tahoma National Cemetery
    18600 SE 240th Street
    KENT, WA 98042
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Helen & Bent Christiansen

Posted at 05:05pm
Bill was a wonderful quiet giant in so many ways. We loved to see him taking his long body down the hatch to the engine on the boat, or captaining the boat with such concentration. Of course Ray was by his side as his “pilot” with Marge nearby. We are happy picturing him throwing the ball for Ray or enjoying one of Marge’s meals, or proudly cheering Becky along as she ran.
He was such a likeable person...and that wonderfully open smile. He won hearts and will be fondly remembered by so many.
May you always have calm waters in which to cruise, Bill.
Hugs, Helen and Bent

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