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There will be a gathering of friends and family from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home in New Wilmington for William Edward (Bill) McLaughry, 86, of Vancouver, Washington, who passed away on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Vancouver, after a short illness.
Born on May 31, 1930, in New Wilmington to James A. and Margaret McLaughry, Bill graduated from Wilmington High School as salutatorian of the class of 1947. He earned an associate degree from Los Angeles City College and a bachelor of arts degree from Westminster College.
He served from 1948 to 1969 in a worldwide organization promoting peace and reconciliation. The multi-faceted effort, including several large musical productions, traveled to 26 nations, putting Bill's singing and acting talents to good use. He was captain of the Beaver, a self-propelled barge, and the Keeway-din, a high-speed 48 passenger boat, for Mackinac College on Mackinac Island, Michigan. He later served on the Los Angeles Harbor Patrol at Marina del Rey, California.
Married in 1970, he and his wife, Kate (Schwab), designed their energy-efficient home near New Wilmington in 1977, and lived there for 30 years, before moving to Denver, Colorado, and later to Vancouver, Washington, to be closer to their sons, David and Stephen and their families.
He is survived by his wife, Kate; his sons, David (Amy) of Colorado and Stephen (Alexandra) of Portland, Oregon; five grandchildren, Jena, Devin, Mason, Fiona and Athena; and his sister, "Peg" Marshall (David) Lehto of Greenville.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington.
Published on May 24, 2017
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