Willard Ray Gabriel
passed away May 28, 2019 at the age of 95. Willard (Bill) was
born April 28, 1924 to Robert and Adella (Mortensen) Gabriel
and grew up in Pleasant Valley, outside of Sweet Home.
He attended Beulah Land School, a one room school house in
Pleasant Valley, before attending Sweet Home High School.
While in high school he
worked for the U.S. Forest Service maintaining wilderness
trails such as the Pacific Crest and Skyline Trails. Bill also
worked as a fire watchman in Several lookouts in the North and
South Santiam Canyons.
At the age of 17, he
joined the Marine Corps and served his country during World
War II. After the war, he returned home and worked in
the timber industry primarily as a timber faller. In 1952,
Bill married Hazel mason and together they raised four
Bill was preceded in
death by his parents, four siblings: Bob, Jerry, Keith, and
Barbara, his eldest son Kim, and grandson Jeremy.
Survivors include sister Beverly Dull, daughters Lisa Elliott
and Ginger Gabriel (Scott), son Bill Gabriel (linda), 7
grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at
11:00am on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Gates Community Church
of Christ, 40070 gates School Road, gates, OR 97346. Please
leave online condolences at Weddle-Funeral.com