Wilfred "Bill" L. Santo, 93, passed to his rest December 11, 2011, at Regency at The Park, 420 SE Myra Road, College Place, Washington.
Bill was born January 7, 1918, in College Place, Washington, to Earnest and Estella Santo. At the age of three, he moved with his family to Walla Walla. He received his education at Berney School and Walla Walla High School. He was employed by various dairies and manager of
the Union Oil service station. On May 31, 1941, he and Golde Klebe married in Lewiston, Idaho.
Bill was later employed by Maskelyne Brothers Transfer, Walla Walla Produce and later was called to the service of his country on May 14, 1945. After basic training at Ft. Lewis, Tacoma, Washington, he was sent to Ft. Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma where he, his wife and son, Robert, resided until he was deployed to Yokohama, Japan. He became a Sgt 4^th Class in charge of motor vehicles assembly line and later in communications. He was discharged August 31, 1946. Returning home to Walla Walla, he was employed by Railway Express. In 1953, he began a career as a fireman with Union Pacific Railroad and then became an engineer, retiring in 1980.
Bill enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing, word puzzles, helping others and visiting shut-ins in his spare time. A member of the Walla Walla City Seventh-day Adventist Church, he served as a deacon and on the Welcoming Committee for several years. He was Secretary/Treasurer and President of the Union Pacific Old Timers Club #24 for several years.
Those left to mourn his loss are his wife, Golde, of 70 years; two sons: Robert Santo and Dennis and his wife, Judy Santo all of Walla Walla; daughter, Jeannie Webb of Pasco, Washington; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Bill was foster father to more than 50 children over a period of 15 years. He is also survived by one brother, Rodney Santo of Pendleton, Oregon; one sister, Wanda Brockel also of Walla Walla and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two infant sons, Donald and Jerry; his parents; two brothers: Robert and Loren; four sisters: Lila, Rowena, Marian and Lois.
The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington. Pastors Mark Etchell and Ed Gienger will officiate. Burial will be private in Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice through the funeral home.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com