William E. "Bill" Waltermire
April 16, 1918 - January 1, 2011
Dayton, Washington resident,
William E. "Bill" Waltermire, 92, died
January 1, 2011, in Dayton, Washington.
A celebration of his life will be at
2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 8, 2011,
at the Eagles Lodge in Dayton. Private
inurnment will be at a later date in the
Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Dayton
Eagles Scholarship Fund through
Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551
Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington 99362.
Bill was born April 16, 1918, in Zanesville, Ohio, to Cloyd
Oren and Marguerite May (Garrett) Waltermire. He received
his education in Zanesville as well as in the Army Air Corps in
California and Colorado. On June 23, 1943, he and Camille L.
Beller married in Douglas, Arizona.
Bill rode motorcycles competitively from the time he was 17
years of age, especially TT and flat track racing, winning numerous
trophies. Prior to serving in the Army Air Corps, he owned and
operated B and B Autobody in Ohio. While serving in the Army
Air Corps, he was a B17 bomber pilot, flying 28 missions. He was
then shot down in Austria and served as a prisoner of war for over
a year. He was very proud that he had taught Bob Beckel, a Walla
Walla resident and now Retired General, how to fly.
After moving to this area from Zanesville, Ohio, in 1951, he
was a truck driver out of Pendleton, Oregon for Garrett Freight
Lines and owned Inland Air Service in Milton-Freewater, as well
as flying B-17s for fire-fighting. An aircraft pilot extraordinaire,
he flew for Dayton Chemicals from 1961-1979. While living in
Dayton following retirement, he flew his private plane and taught
flight lessons. He had enjoyed riding motorcycles throughout his
entire life and, at the time of his death, still owned a 1941 Indian
Scout which was one of his racing bikes and a 1946 Indian Chief
he had purchased new. He had been inducted into the Motorcycle
Hall of Fame in Sturgis in 2004. He taught many other individuals
how to ride a motorcycle, including his family, many of whom still
ride motorcycles. He also liked to watch NASCAR.
His memberships included the Dayton Eagles where he
enjoyed his friends, V.F.W., Aircraft Owners' Pilot Association,
American Motorcycle Association and the American Legion.
Survivors include his four daughters: Linda Kombrec of
Athol, Idaho, Becky Flory of Adams, Oregon, Betty Ahles of
Olympia, Washington and Peggy Lusk of Touchet, Washington;
his son, George W. Waltermire of Dayton, Washington; twenty
grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-greatgrandchildren
as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was
preceded in death by his wife and a brother, James Waltermire.
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