William H Ferres, 86 died peacefully at his home in The Dalles on Thursday December 21st, 2017.
He was born in Burns, Oregon September 25th, 1931, raised in Cutbank, Montana then moved to Portland, Oregon where he joined the Army at 17 years old for 4 years and met and married Karyl.
He worked for the Army Corps of Engineers at multiple dams but settled in The Dalles in 1968 where he and Karyl bought a farm on Fifteen Mile Road. Bill worked shift work then would work the farm where he grew alfalfa and wheat. He retired at age 49 but worked at Middle Fork Irrigation, Wasco PUD and was a ski coach for TDHS where he earned the name “Wild Bill”.
He loved the farm, horses, skiing and sports. He always traveled to watch his grandkids play sports or rodeo.
He married Loreen Officer in October 2012.
Wild Bill was a hard working man. The family and farm were his everything. He was an old cowboy at heart. He kept a herd of horses later on in life and called them the “Wild Bunch”.
He was preceded in death by his wife Karyl of 45 years, son Mikie, 3 sisters, 1 brother and both parents.
He is survived by wife Loreen Officer sons K.C., T.J. and Joe Ferres, 2 daughters, Kathi Pereira and Angie Watt, 15 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren.
Services: Open viewing followed by Rosemary - Friday December 29th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Funeral Service Saturday at 1 p.m. – followed by gathering at the Parish Hall Private burial service at the Family Farm.
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