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Willard Stillman

October 6, 2017

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STILLMAN, Willard (Bill) Robert Passed away on October 6th, 2017 after a short illness. He was born to Theodore and Minnie Stillman in Goodrich Wisconsin on May 13, 1929. The family moved to Riggins Idaho and homesteaded a quarter section of timber on the Little Snake River. Bill and his father started a logging operation with a team of horses and hand equipment. He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and piloted experimental landing craft on Puget Sound. In 1955 he decided to take advantage of the GI Bill and attended San Jose State University where he received a degree in Civil Engineering. While there he met and married Ellen Yeaw. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. In 1959 Bill took a job as a Junior Engineer at the Sonoma County Water Agency where he served for his entire career, retiring as Chief Engineer. He was responsible for the design and construction of many of the water and flood control projects which protect and sustain life in Sonoma County. During his retirement Bill especially enjoyed volunteering at the Sturgeon’s Mill Restoration Project where he spoke to visitors and shared his knowledge of logging. He is survived by his wife Ellen; siblings Mary Lou Uptmor, Ted Stillman and Al Stillman; four children Carl (Stacy) Stillman, Chantal (Rolf) Frankenbach, Cordel (Ann) Stillman and Tanya Stillman; and seven grandchildren, Chris, Julia, Kyra, Rowan, Rachel, R.Nathan and Sofia. At his request, no services will be held. Donations may be made to Sturgeon’s Mill Restoration Project, SturgeonsMill.org.