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WILLIAM E. POE, JR
April 28, 1926 ~ October 16, 2013
"Bill was a kind, devoted and generous man
who will be forever missed by his family and friends."
William E. Poe, Jr., 87, WWII U.S. Navy veteran, of Vancouver, WA (where he grew up), passed away at home on Oct. 16, 2013, surrounded by his family.
He earned an AA degree from Clark College in 1949.
After a brief career in banking, Bill joined the ILWU Local 4 and became a longshoreman. He retired after 35 years on the waterfront.
Bill was one of the organizers of the ILWU Local 4 Federal Credit Union and served a number of years as treasurer. He served on the board of the Vancouver Seafarer's Center and was instrumental in starting the International Festival held at Esther Short Park. Bill was also a member of the Masonic and Elks Lodges.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Lillian; daughters, Sharlene (Joey) and Nancy; grandchildren, Sorrell, Taryn and Joey IV; great-grandchildren, Aiyanna, Saraya and Korra; and many others who knew him as "Grandpa Poe."
Viewing will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Fri., Oct. 25, 2013 and Sat., Oct. 26, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Following a private family burial, a memorial service will be held on Sat., Oct. 26, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Family of Christ Lutheran Church, 3500 NW 129th St., Vancouver,WA.
Memorials may be sent to Family of Christ Lutheran Church where Lill and Bill were one of the original families and members for 40 years.
Please sign his guestbook at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel
1101 NE 112th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98684
Published in The Columbian on Oct. 23, 2013