William D. Grater
August 11, 1939 - November 26, 2015
Obituary for William D. Grater
August 11, 1939 – November 26, 2015
On November 26, 2015, William Bill Douglas Grater, surrounded by his devoted wife and family passed way.
Bill was born August 11, 1939, to William and Garnette Grater nee Mulinix in Los Angeles, California. His sister Gayle was born two years later. He graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in 1957. Bill went on to attend Los Angeles City College, California State College at Los Angeles and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. In preparation for a distinguished career in business, he passed the CPA exam.
Bill married the love of his life, Jeanine Cashell, in Hollywood, California in 1963. They later moved their family from Los Angeles to Tucson, Arizona and ultimately settled in Salem, Oregon to raise their four children.
Bill began his career as a CPA accountant at accounting firm Ernst & Ernst. He went on to work for Lear-Siegler Inc. and was soon promoted to Vice President of Kruger Division in Tucson, Arizona. In 1976 Bill moved his family to Oregon to work for Evergreen aviation. He subsequently held the position of vice president of finance at Colonial Pacific Leasing, Gannett Industries, and Garten Foundation. Even in retirement Bill’s extensive experience brought much needed assistance to the local community including: Ace Hardware in South Salem and assisting seniors in preparing taxes at the Salem senior center.
Bill was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved visits from his children and grandchildren. He was ever-present at sporting, theater, and musical events to support his whole family. The family could always depend on Bill’s magnanimous personality and heartfelt encouragement.
An inquisitive outdoorsman, Bill was an avid camper, lover of nature and taught those lessons to young Boy Scouts over many years. In his retirement, Bill was an accomplished woodcarver and belonged to the Capitol Carvers.
Bill is survived by his wife, Jeanine and four children: Christina Lincicome Keith, Elizabeth Schrader Patrick, William C. Grater Andrea and Major Michael Grater Lindsey as well as their ten grandchildren: Sara Hoffman, Thomas Hoffman, Nolan Schrader, William Drew Grater, Eric Schrader, Jacob Schrader, Isaac Grater, Stephanie Lincicome, Kyle Lincicome, and Berkeley Lincicome.
Funeral Services and a small reception will be held at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 in Salem from 4 to 6 pm. The family suggests donations be made to the Garten Foundation in Salem in honor of Bill.