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Bill Charles Sweat
Bill Sweat, 81, passed away Oct. 6, 2011 with his wife of 46 years, Margo, at his side in Medford, Ore. Bill was born to Laura Mae and Jasper Newton Sweat on Jan. 9, 1930 in Hartshorn, Okla. Bill moved with his family to Shafter in 1939. After three years the family moved to Lone Pine. At an early age Bill started repairing cars. In 1949 he married Caroline Hancock. From that marriage came three children, Susan, Bill and Shari.
In 1965 Bill married Margo E. Slenk of Holland, Mich. They adopted two infant daughters, Jamie and Jana. Bill worked in the auto repair business for 47 years. He owned a body shop, garage and service station in Lone Pine until he sold the business in 1989. He was well known as an expert body and fender repair man specializing in auto painting. Bill served as a member of the Lone Pine Lions Club. He was a Little League baseball and adult softball umpire. Bill and Margo moved to Southern Oregon in 1991.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Jasper and Laura Sweat; a sister, Mary Ann; and two brothers, Clayton and Donald Sweat.
Bill is survived by his wife, Margo Sweat of Medford; daughters, Susan Joseph and Shari Valdon of Lone Pine, Jamie Sweat of Medford and Jana Wagner of Wimer, Ore.; son, Bill Sweat of Vacaville; three brothers, four sisters, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Bill Sweat will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 4 at Hillcrest Chapel in Medford.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Red Cross in his memory.