In Memory

Bill Wilmerton (A -Mechanic Electrician) - Class of 2000

Bill Wilmerton (A -Mechanic Electrician)




Bill Wilmerton           



MISSOULA – William Wallace Wilmerton V, 78, passed away at his home in Missoula on Thursday, April 20, 2017, after a lengthy battle with dementia and diabetes.

Bill was born to William W. Wilmerton IV and Helen (Petry) Wilmerton on April 14, 1939, at the Physicians Hospital in Queens, New York. He graduated from Queens Vocational High School in June of 1956, after a course of study in Electrical Installation and Practice. Bill then attended the Long Island Bible Institute in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, from September 1956 to January 1958. He served in the U.S. Air Force from August 1958 to August 1962.

On May 16, 1959, he married Dorothy Jean Hunt in Massapequa Park, New York. Bill was then stationed at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, Kansas, serving as an electrician in the 815th Civil Engineering Squadron for four years.  Upon discharge from the Air Force, the couple and their two children (William Wallace VI and JoAnn) moved back to New York, where Bill worked for the Columbia Corrugated Container Corp. and the Atomic Energy Commission at Brookhaven National Lab. Here the family welcomed two more children, Richard Frederick and Keith Andrew. In September 1971, Bill took a job at Adolph Coors Brewery in Golden, Colorado, and moved his family to Arvada, Colorado. In July 1975, Bill and Dottie were divorced and Bill moved to Billings where he worked at the Exxon Refinery.

Bill met Charlotte (Wittgow) Glidewell in Billings and they were married on Nov. 8, 1975. In January 1978, Bill accepted a position as an electrician at Hoerner Waldorf Corp. (later Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.) and Bill, Charlotte, and Charlotte's two children, Jeff and Becky, moved to Missoula. Soon Rick and Keith joined them in Missoula.

Bill enjoyed working with computers and playing his organ. He retired from the paper mill in 2000.

Bill was predeceased by his parents, Rev. William and Helen Wilmerton, his first wife, Dottie Brandt, and his daughter, Jo Sather.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Wilmerton of Missoula; his children, Bill (Carol Dehne) of Stanwood, Washington, Rick of Arvada, Colorado, Keith (Karen Dunning) of Arvada Colorado, Jeff Glidewell (Debbie) of Missoula, and Becky Glidewell of Missoula; 23 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Claire Goodwin (Bob) of Plano, Texas, Jean Crossman of Snow Hill, Maryland, and Barbara Haas (Kurt) of Lorain, Ohio.

Bill will be cremated and his cremains will be interred at the Veterans Cemetery in Missoula. A graveside service is pending. The family would like to thank Partners in Home Care, both Home Health and Hospice, for the many hours they spent with us.

Rest in Peace dear Friend.