March 29, 1943 ˜ June 20, 2020
On Saturday, June 20, 2020, Bill Oman, loving husband and father, passed away at age 77.
Bill was born on March 29, 1943 in Forest Grove, Oregon to Emerson and Mary (Mead) Oman. He graduated from Moses Lake High School and attended a year at Brigham Young University before joining the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969. Bill excelled in the Marine Corps, where he received a Rifle Expert Badge, Pistol Expert Badge, as well as a Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Services Medal.
Bill met Tita Suzara on the Fourth of July, 1965. She was attending nursing school at the University of Southern California. After dating for one weekend, Bill received a 30-day leave and they drove to Las Vegas, Nevada, where they got married at the Clark County Courthouse. This would be the beginning of an incredible journey and partnership that lasted nearly 55 years.
Bill joined his father in Tri Cities, Washington and opened up an insurance agency with State Farm in 1976, before relocating to Vancouver in 1980. His State Farm office became a successful family venture as his wife, Tita, ran the office and his children all spent time at some point working in the family business. He was able to retire early after two decades of selling insurance.
Bill enjoyed woodworking, spending time with his family at big get togethers, traveling, and pushing the buttons on his favorite Keno machines at Chinook Winds Casino. He was known for his quick wit, infectious laugh, and ability to talk to anyone about anything. At family get togethers, you could always count on hearing his voice get louder and louder to rise above the rest, which is an Oman trait. He would then come over the top with a hilarious take or, at least, drop a, “Can I tell you something?”
Bill was preceded in death by his father, Emerson; mother, Mary; and son-in-law, Loren.
He is survived by his wife, Tita; his four children, Mylene, Carl, Bill, and Randy; his brother, Kent; his two sisters, Carlene and Sandra; his grandchildren, Tiana, Emily, Kyle, Jared, Mattea, Harrison, Tommy, Joe, DJ, Hannah, Ava, and William; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A military funeral service will be held on July 31st, 2020, at Willamette National Cemetery.
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