William “Bill” Delbert McCrea of Cottage Grove, Oregon, and formerly of Ketchikan, Alaska, passed Sunday, May 26, 2019, at the age of 79. His wife of 33 years Karen, along with daughter Lisa McCrea, were by his side.
Bill was born on December 17, 1939, to William “Mac” and Ada (Cushing) McCrea in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in Skycomish, Washington, where he graduated from high school in 1950. As a young man Bill followed in his father’s footsteps and went into the logging industry, which he worked in in both Washington and Alaska up until his retirement in 2009.
Bill and Karen moved to Cottage Grove after they both retired in 2009. He enjoyed taking trips with Karen to Reno and the Oregon coast. In his retirement he also closely followed NASCAR and enjoyed going to the occasional University of Oregon football game.
Bill is survived by his wife Karen, whom he married in 1986, son Denny and daughter Kelly (mother Pat Carr, deceased), son Scott (mother Darlene Johanson, deceased) and daughter Lis (mother Elaine Anderson, deceased); 10 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and an aunt, Mary Louise Cushing, of Florida. He has two stepdaughters Karla and Sara from his marriage to Karen and had a very special bond in particular with Sara, and five stepchildren Jerry, Cathy, Joni, Vicky and Debby from his marriage to Darlene. Arrangements in the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel, Cottage Grove, OR.
The family will be holding a private ceremony to celebrate his life.