Bill was born in Mount Morris, Ill., April 3, 1932, and went home to be with the Lord June 8, 2019.
Bill’s parents, the Rev.Sam Garber and Esther Garber, raised him in a loving Christian home in the Midwest. Bill served his country in the United States Air Force. His love of airplanes would lead him to a career of 35 years with The Boeing Co. He loved the challenges his job as a flight mechanic offered him. He traveled the country testing new planes for Boeing. One of the highlights of his career was being part of the team that tested the Boeing 747. Bill retired from Boeing in 1995.
He had many hobbies. He was an avid rockhound, fisherman and photographer, and he loved plant propagation, to an extreme.
Bill had a love for cars, especially the T-Bird. In the days of the CB radio you could reach him using his handle “TBird.”
Many people will remember him from various clubs he belonged to, including Everett Rock and Gem Club, Thunderbird Car Club, Cascade Austin Healey Car Club, Happy Hikers and Boeing Retirees.
Bill embraced a lifelong joy of travel; one of the highlights was a 1990 trip with Mari and his mom, Esther, to West Germany to visit Kasie and Rick. Rick was stationed in Frankfurt, West Germany. On this journey, Bill and his family got to see history unfold, as this was right at the cusp of the German Reunification. Most memorable was an especially exciting visit to the Berlin Wall as it was being torn down by the jubilant citizens on both sides.
Bill was a resident of Mukilteo, Wash. He moved to Whidbey Island in 2003 and just recently moved to Everett, Wash.
Bill is survived by his wife, Marilois (Mari); children, Cindy Carver (Don), of Amarillo, Texas, Kasie Dow (Rick), of Puyallup, Wash., and Jim Corbett (Heidi), of Arlington, Wash.; grandchildren, Broc Ball, Savannah Carver, Derek Dow, Duncan Dow, Hunter Corbett and Madeline Corbett; and sisters, Pat Hilton and Linda Schrader (Karl), of Wichita, Kan. Bill will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Aug. 23, 2019, at Mukilteo Presbyterian Church, 4514 84th St. SW, Mukilteo, WA.
Memorial gifts may be made to Snohomish County Alzheimer’s Association, 19031 33rd Ave. W., Suite 301, Lynnwood, WA 98036, or act.alz.org/donate