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William J. (Bill) Schieber


Bill Schieber, 93, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, at the place he was most comfortable – his home in Ephrata, Washington, with his family by his side.

Bill was born in New Plymouth, Idaho, on July 24, 1923, to Charles and Maude Schieber. The family moved to Hoquiam, Washington, then later to Bremerton, Washington, where his father established a contracting company. Bill spent most of his youth in Bremerton, graduating from Bremerton High School in 1941.

Bill was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1944 and was stationed in San Francisco, California, at a naval facility that repaired landing craft damaged in the war. He served until 1946, then returned to Bremerton where he completed a carpenter apprentice program and joined his dad in the contracting business.

In 1947 Bill met Doris Kisler. After three years of skiing, skating, and dancing they were married in 1950. Bill and Doris would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on October 20, 2016.

A job opportunity in the early 1960s with the National Park Service brought Bill and his family to Mt. Rainier National Park, which proved to be the start of a long career with the government. Bill and his family enjoyed many years in the beautiful setting of Mt. Rainier and Eatonville, Wash. In 1971, when the Facility Manager position became available at the Coulee Dam National Recreation Area, Bill saw it as an opportunity to advance his career and to be near his family's favorite vacation spot.

Bill retired in 1986 from the National Park Service and lived in Electric City until 2011 when he and Doris moved to Ephrata.

In his earlier years, Bill was an ice skater, square dancer, snow skier, and water skier. After retirement, he and Doris enjoyed traveling both in the U.S. and abroad, and continued favorite pastimes like snow skiing, bowling, boating and fishing on Lake Roosevelt, and watching Mariners baseball. He was a talented woodworker and created many treasures for family and friends.

Bill was preceded in passing by his parents and his sister, Maxine Bjorling.

He is survived by his wife, Doris; his children and grandchildren: Jack and his wife Agnes (Shoreline, Washington) and Jack's daughters: Suzi and Molly; Joanne Nelson and her husband Chris (Sammamish, Washington) and their children: Lindsay, Craig, and Eric; Carol Mayer and her husband, Dave (Ephrata) and their children: Jenna and Jared; and his son, Mike Tostenrude and his wife, Marlane (Vancouver, Washington) and their sons: Jeff, Joe, and Nick. He also leaves his brother-in-law Bert Bjorling (Oak Harbor, Washington); Doris's sister and brother-in-law, June and Jack Connelly (Auburn, Washington),;13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Bill will be remembered as a hard-working man whose family meant the world to him. He will be dearly missed.

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