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William R. "Bill" Edmiston


His name was "Bill" through all his life, except for the two years on active duty in the US Navy where he was known as "Ed".  Bill was born in Pueblo, Colorado on December 9, 1936 to David L. Edmiston, and Barbara Broome Edmiston. In Pueblo he attended Thatcher Grade School, and then on to graduate from Centennial High School in 1954.  When he went on active duty the Navy sent him to VF-52 a fighter squadron stationed at the Naval Air Station, Alameda, California. VF-52 deployed aboard the USS Ticonderoga CVA14 for the Western Pacific in September 1958. In January 1959, Bill was discharged from active duty at Treasure Island Naval Station, San Francisco as a Personnelman Second Class.  In 1960 he married Sally Severance, and in 1962 the couple moved to Salem, Oregon. As time went by, his sons' Robert B. Edmiston, and Scott S. Edmiston were born.  Bill was employed by several dental supply companies as a salesman, calling on dental offces, and dental laboratories in the mid Willamette Valley.  In 1980 Bill and Nina Charlene Archer were married at Westminster Presbyterial Church in Salem. With the marriage to Charlene Bill gained two step children, a daughter, Heather D. Archer, and a son Joseph T. Archer.  In the early 1970's Bill took up playing the Highland Bagpipes, and was a member of the Albany Scottish Pipe Band, and also the Oregon State Defense Force Pipe Band. Most weekends in the summers were taken up in piping in parades all up and down Oregon, and some trips outside the state to California, Washington, and Colorado. The most memorable trip was to Washington DC to march in the Inaugural Parade January 1981.  As the pipe band manager Bill was instrumental in organizing "The Gathering of the Bands" a military tattoo in 1984. This became an annual fund raiser event for the band, it was held in the Salem Armory Auditorium.  In 1986 the band received an invitation to compete at the Highland Games held at Aberdeen Scotland, where they made a respectable showing in the competition.  In 1988 Bill became employed by the Patterson Dental Company, and continued to work for them until his retirement in 2001. In May of 2002 Bill realized a life long dream, and moved to Hawaiian Paradise Park, near Hilo, HI. In 2006 he and Charlene moved to Las Vegas, NV. and resided there until 2013 when they relocated back to Salem, to be nearer to family.  2014 brought sad news that Charlene had lung cancer. Although she went through various types of chemo-therapy the cancer took her in September 2016.  Bill felt that the Good Lord was really watching over him as he developed a friendship with a lady he had known for many years. Phyllis Posekany had lost her husband about 2 years earlier, and she was a great help to Bill as he reorganized his "world" after the loss of Charlene.  With well wishes from friends and family, Bill and Phyllis were married at Reno, NV the last day of January, 2017.  Bill and Phyllis are enjoying life together traveling by various modes, Amtrak, Cruising, and flying to different destinations, and trips to the Oregon Coast.  In February 2018, they followed a dream moving to Henderson, NV. Where they adoptedThey adopted the Hawaiian lifestyle, "Maximum Enjoyment/Minimum Effort".  Bill is survived by his wife, Phyllis, sons Robert Edmiston, (Nancy), and Scott Edmiston (Samiyyah). His sister Jeanne DeWeese of PA. Step children Heather Archer Neff, (Steve), Joseph Archer, (Cheryl). Thomas Wright, (Julie) of California, Robert Wright, (Denise) of Arizona, and Larry Wright, (Tymi) Washington.  Any donations could be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.   Memorial services will be held on Saturday August 4, 2018 at 1:30 PM at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.  The time will be announced at a later date.  Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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Bill was a wonderful man. He and my husband (Joe Bean) went to high school together and were best friends. We had some wonderful memories of our travels together and visiting Bill and Charlene in Hawaii. I am sure that Bill and Joe, who passed on December 24, 2016, are in heaven touring together. They loved each other like brothers. He and I formed a close friendship through Joe. I will miss him so much. He was a light for many, including me. 
My sympathy to Phyliss and his family; may God keep you in his care always,
Cheryl Bean