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William Francis "Bill" McCreary

William Francis “Bill” McCreary passed away at his winter home in Quartzsite, Ariz., Saturday, April 12, 2008, one day before his 79th birthday.

His wife Marilyn was at his side. Bill was born in Struthers, Ohio April 13, 1929 to Joseph McCreary and Anna Carney McCreary. He attended schools in the Struthers area. Bill served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII and was recalled during the Korean War. He held the rank of First Sergeant.

After being discharged from the service, he settled in Sacramento, Calif. and worked for Western Title. He relocated to Tahoe City, Calif. and worked for Fidelity Title and First American Title. In 1967 he met and married his wife Marilyn in Tahoe City. Together they started Douglas County Title. They had two offices, one in Zephyr Cove, Nev. and the second in Gardnerville, Nev. In 1984 this company was sold to Stewart Title.

Bill was quite active in civic affairs. In 1966 he was Charter President of the Carmichael, Calif. Kiwanis Club. He was also President of the Tahoe City Rotary Club during 1971-1972. Those same years he was president of the Placer County Chamber of Commerce. During 1981 and 1982 he taught escrow at the Truckee Meadows Community College. He was President of the Nevada Land Title Assoc. during 1982-1983.

On April 13, 1989 he was made an Honorary Life Member of the Northern Nevada Escrow Association. He was President of the Tahoe Truckee High School Booster Club where his stepson attended school and was also President of the North Tahoe High School Booster Club where his stepdaughter attended school. He was also an active member of the Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club and President of the Silver State Ramblers, an RV Club.

Bill leaves a sister, Jo Rini of Cleveland, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews who were very fond of their Uncle Bill. When Bill and Marilyn were married he acquired a son and daughter. The son, Richard Purser, resides in Oakdale, Calif. with his wife, four children and one grandson. The daughter, Shelley Trapp, of Portola, Calif. and has two daughters. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and four sisters, Ann Marino, Theresa Williams, Eileen Palma, and Virginia Chudik.

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Bill was an avid golfer until he purchased his first motorhome, then he and Marilyn started traveling. They became “rock hounds” and ended up spending winters in Quartzsite, Ariz. and summers in Portola, Calif.

There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial ON May 31 at 12 noon in Portola at the Grizzly Creek Ranch Lodge. If you wish to attend, please bring memories to share. Make any remembrances in Bill’s name to the High Sierra Animal Rescue, 103 Meadow Ridge Lane, Portola, CA 96122.