liam (Bill) McGahan, 82, died June 1st, 2012 – at Sky Lakes Medical Center.
Bill was born Oct. 30, 1928 at St. Charles Hospital in Bend, to Lloyd and Catherine (Botz) McGahan.
His mother died one month after his birth, so he was shuffled back and forth from grandparents to aunts and uncles.
He had some hard years as a child, but he grew up pretty responsible. He missed a few days of graduating at Bend High School in Bend, so his dad said, “If you don’t go to school, then you work.” And work he did.
He spent time working at Evans Fly Co. as a kid, and then Shevlin Hixon Mill, working on the green chain until the mill shut down. He met and married the love of his life, Wilma Jaques on June 26, 1949, a year before she graduated from Bend High.
They spent one year in Prineville working for a mill, and then he got a job back in Bend as a trucker for Bend Portland Truck, hauling freight. He was hauling diesel fuel for some time, from Portland to Burns to Bend.
In 1959, Bend Portland transferred him to Klamath Falls to manage the terminal there, of which he went back to driving and hauling everything there was. He stuck with the changes from Bend, Portland, TransWestern, and Systems 99 until they shut down a few days before he was to retire.
After retiring for a year, he went to work for Jim Miglaiccio and Clough Oil hauling fuel, until health issues forced him to retire.
He loved to be out in the woods, cutting down trees and supplying everyone he could with wood. He was an avid hunter and loved to fish and camp out, barbecues, family, friends, and watching and being involved with his kids and grandkids — in their sports and their lives. He also loved hiking up mountains and around lakes.
He and Wilma had their first child, Kathy, who was born Feb. 9, 1952 in Bend, and their second son, Mark, was born July 14, 1962 in Klamath Falls, Ore. During all his years as being a trucker from 1949 to 1990, he was awarded a huge trophy from the NAPL Safety Council for traveling more than 2,500,000 accident-free miles. He was always very proud of his job and very seldom missed a day.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma of almost 63 years; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Tim Kennon; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Shawn McGahan; grandkids, Chris and Trent McGahan; sister, Frances Bushnell (90) of Prineville; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. At his request, there will be no services. All he wanted was a pizza party. Just a celebration of his life will be held on Friday, June 15, 2012 at Mia’s and Pia’s between 5 and 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Cancer Treatment Center and Sky Lakes Medical Center or a charity of your choice.
Davenport’s Chapel of the Good Shepherd is in charge of arrangements.