- 59 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 8, 1955
- Date of passing: Sep 22, 2014
|Let the memory of Bill be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Bill Kodad, 59, born on September 8, 1955 and passed away on September 22, 2014. We will forever miss his laugh, corney jokes, warm heart and giving attitude.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, October 11 from noon to 3:00 at the home of our friends, Tim and Donna. Address is 21128 SE 248th St, Maple Valley, WA.
The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Swedish Heart Failure Program. For more information on how to donate see:
"Happy Birthday Bill! I hear that in Heaven, we don't have birthdays -we stay the same as when we left this Earth. So you are still a cute pollock with the greatest of personalities. I love you!!!!"
"So very sad to hear that Bill has passed. Bill spent some time living in Antelope, Oregon on a ranch and attended Madras High School (1973 or 1974) before moving to Washington. He square danced with us...we had a teen group of dancers. He was a part of the Antelope crowd whose little town had a population of 22 back then. Diana, sorry for your loss. When I find photos I'll send them to you somehow."
"A year ago today was one of the hardest days of your family's lives. One of the last things I ever heard you say is when you told the nurse that I was your daughter in law. I just wanted you to know that you were right and on your and Diana's anniversary this year I became your daughter in law :) Not a single day goes by that we do not think about you and miss you. When we have kids they will grow up knowing what an amazing grandpa you would've been. We will forever love you Bill."
"In memoriam on the date of your birth...we miss you Bill.
Love you Diana.
Tootie & family"
"Yes, Bill will be forever missed. Happy Birthday Bill! I very much enjoyed meeting your great wife & friends at your CCUD 1060 memorial where we unveiled a memorial plaque to you on the Electrical building you put so much work on."
"I hired Billy at CCUD, we quickly became friends. Mountain biking, rock hounding, and shared common interest in motorcycles. We ended up working together for most of the 10+ years he was at CCUD. He was the best at talking to our customers and cared deeply for their issues as many letters sent in thanks for his assistance. Its very quiet and lonely at work without Billy, he is truely missed."
"I was always in awe of you both, what a wonderful pairing. An amazing life you shared. One thing I noticed long ago was that you had the same qualities in your eyes. In that, even if your weren't together in the same space; You could be seen in his eyes, and he could be seen in yours. Diana, I know that any time I see you, Bill will be ever present with you. We will miss him. Mike looked forward to hanging out with him at family gatherings. He was, and still is, an amazing soul."
"Billy was one of those special people that you meet so rarely in life about whom you can not think of a negative quality or aspect, or of a smile and laugh that was anything less than sincere and genuine. Our marriage was separated from that of Bill and Diana by only a year, and as we went through the paths of growth and experience here in Australia, they were nurturing and growing their own unique family. Every now and then, through a visit or by being visited we were able to share the fun and laughter that was part of the knowing Bill. Much has been said here about his corny sense of humour, and I think it is so nice that this part of his character is so remembered. I smile when I recall one moment during a visit down under. We were discussing public holidays and Bill commented that he though it strange that we did not celebrate the fourth of July. Diana's bewildered look was priceless as she replied "why would they?" I went on to say that this lack of time off was countered by the fact that we had asked the USA if we could borrow Christmas to get an extra day or two back. Billy actually thought seriously about this generous entitlement for a few seconds before bursting into laughter. His sense of goodness and innocence was one of his most endearing traits. I am proud to have had him as a brother-in-law and will miss him very much. -- Michael
I could not have asked for a better brother-in-law. It would have been a very rare occasion to not see a grin or smile on his face. He was always quick with a corny comeback. I remember one time after a visit to the Boeing museum when he said something corny and I gave him the look that said "That is just so corny!" and he got so excited because it was the same look that Diana always gave him for the same thing and he said that proved we were sisters! He was easy to be around and he liked everyone. You are leaving a large hole in all our lives, Billy. You will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. -- Linda"
"Bill, I met you when you were 9 1/2 and you were wise beyond your years even then. Your huge heart, wonderful sense of humor, infectious smile and sage advice have been a life long gift that I will always cherish. You were always the glue that held everyone together and the calm voice of reason. I don't know anyone who loved his family more than you and were always so very proud of Diana, Anthony & Shane. It was a blessed day when you, your siblings and parents welcomed me to your family and you were the best little "brother" a girl could hope for. You have left a huge void and are dearly missed. RIP dear one- until we meet again."
""Having known Bill only at CCUD, he always had a smile & story to be told. Bill had a way to make you smile. He will be greatly missed by his family at CCUD."
You were the hilarious (and albeit, corny at times) Father to two great dudes. One of which is my truest and absolute best friend I could have ever asked for. I know, and can say with absolute firm conviction that his quality character and true steadfast devotion to his friends and family are testament to his amazing upbringing you and your lovely wife provided. You will be forever missed and live in the hearts of those who even simply cracked a smile by merely hearing an anecdote or wonderfully corny joke. :)
A memory I have of you is when I came over to the house one day when the boys and I were in high school and you took us out to see the horses. Being a "city boy" I didn't fully heed the warning until the wire struck my back and i was lying in horse pasture face first.
I used to love bellying up to the bar in your house and talking to you about a myriad of topics from work to family to simply the weather. Yes, Bill you took life by the reigns and gave it one hell of a ride. I'll see you on the other side my friend.
With all of our love,
Scott, Amber, Jaxson and Austin."
"My Big brother was an inspiration to myself and many others. He was always there for me from playing catch, teaching me to push myself to always do my best,to lessons that the right thing was usually the hard thing.
I am so grateful to have had him looking out for me my whole life, and proud to be able to pass the traits we all loved most on to my daughters, even the corny jokes. No one will ever fill the unique place in our hearts that Bill filled, or be the post we all leaned on."
"I can't adequately put into words how much I will miss my friend Bill. Over the last 25 years he and I shared many common interests such as wood working, old trucks, bikes, tools, greasy diner food, wooden boats remodeling and most importantly spontaneous laughter at the most ridiculous things at inappropriate times. We shared a few adventures as well such as riding the STP and our misguided crossing of the straights in the dark during gale in a small boat. All occasions were a good time filled with laughter.
I will also miss seeing him with Diana. He loved her more than anything and expressed it through his actions as a loving faithful husband. Watching them together helped me to understand family and they made me feel apart of there family many times. I'm sure many can relate to that.
I feel sad he never made it to retirement and to have the chance to make his wooden bowls, hunt his rocks and to restore the wooden dinghy in the loft of the barn along with the many things he had planned with Diana.
All things considered and with the sadness of loosing him I think we can agree he left us richer for having known him."
"Billy, I will miss your smiling face, your funny jokes about mother-in-laws; travelling with you, Diana and the boys. I could not have had a better son-in-law. Love you and think of you often."
"Diana - thank you for the opportunity to see Bill before he passed away. And to celebrate his 59th Birthday! That was very special. I admired your dedication and strength.
I’ll remember Bill’s laugh. He had that deep chuckle. The look on his face was like Sylvester the Cat (the cartoon) after he eat Tweedy. Like he got away with doing something sneaky. He could always entertain a group with his chattiness and storytelling. Bill’s sons posses a lot of those great qualities. They have a lot of Bill in them.
We miss you Bill. Rest in peace."
"Just knowing I was going to be somewhere where Bill was perked me up and put a smile on my face. His good-natured energy was contagious and, like the Big Bang, will live on and on."
"I have known Bill and Diana since before they got married. It surprises me that Bill even let me in the house as I teased him constantly. He loved everyone and all of God's creatures. He loved his family and that darn house up on the hill! He was one of the best men I have ever known! He'll be spending a lot of time at the Rainbow Bridge. I love you Bill and you are in my prayers every night!"
"Bill was an outstanding employee at CCUD & is very much missed. So grateful that you both had a wonderful & very full life. What a gift to have so many great photo memories!"
"I have so many hilarious memories from working with Bill. He was a great story teller, and we shared so many laughs. I will miss running into him at the Mustard Seed every couple weeks, and getting his great advice and hearing his great laugh. His wife and boys will be in my thoughts, he always lit up when speaking of them. I feel lucky to have called him my friend. So sad to hear this news. RIP buddy."
"My best friend with a heart of gold and an awesome sense of humor with lots of corny jokes. He always had time to yak with anyone, especially kids. He will always be my better half and will live in my heart forever."
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