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William Charles Estill ’42

William Charles Estill ’42, April 4, 2003, in Salem, Oregon. William attended Reed for two and half years, leaving to enter the U.S. Air Force in World War II. He served for three years on active duty, and continued in the air force reserve for 29 years. After the war, William worked briefly as an advertising marketer for the Oregon Journal before becoming a Hudson automobile dealer in Tillamook, Oregon, for 10 years. Following that, he worked for the state of Oregon fleet and motor pools, retiring as an administrator in the department of general services after 22 years of state employment. William was an honorary life member of the National Association of Fleet Administrators and a lifetime member of the Salem Elks Club. He attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salem for 50 years. His marriage to Alison Ruth Birkenfeld, who predeceased him, lasted 61 years, during which they raised five children, three daughters and two sons. In retirement William regularly followed his avocation to the golf course and tended to yard work. Survivors include his children, 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and his sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2003

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