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William G. Dady

Posted: Thursday, Mar 7th, 2013

William G. Dady of Sun City West, Ariz. passed away at 91 on Feb. 24 with his wife, Charlene E. Dady, and family by his side. Bill, as he preferred to be called, was preceded in death by his father, William Eugene Dady, and mother, Hope Dobyne, his sister Grace Fitch and oldest son William.

Bill was born on Sept. 10, 1921 in Chicago, where he grew up and studied geology at the University of Illinois. He was a member of the esteemed Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Unable to join many of his beloved fraternity brothers in the allied fighting in WWII due to a childhood illness that rendered his right arm movement very limited, Bill went to work for Pan American airlines. His first employment was as a flight attendant on the famous Pan Am Clipper flying boats. Bill’s admiration of the mountains and his mapping of the geologic formations that created them led to extensive explorations into the Teton Mountain area of Wyoming. Bill met and married his lovely wife Charlene in 1948 in Jackson Hole at Our Lady of The Tetons Catholic church. The two of them savored each and every day of their 64 magnificent years together.

Bill was thrilled and challenged by many employment endeavors over his lifetime. He was established across the states of Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, Colorado, Arizona and Oregon as a very well known consulting geologist, oil-gas-mining exploration specialist and petroleum engineer. Bill and Charlene lived in Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado before settling the Dady family in Lake Oswego, West Linn and Wilsonville, Ore. in the 1960s.

Bill graciously volunteered his time weekly for the Wilsonville planning commission and was an important asset to the incorporation and management of Wilsonville in 1969. The development of the Charbonneau District in 1972 was also one of Bill’s participating achievements. Charbonneau is an award-winning planned community within the city limits of Wilsonville and has been emulated as a model for many northwest communities. Bill never “officially” announced his retirement, instead continuing to research and compile information for volunteer consulting from Bill and Charlene’s retirement home in Sun City West from 1998 to 2013.

While employment was a fiscal necessity, community services his passion and Bill’s devotion to his traditional Roman Catholic faith unshakeable, his principal delight in daily life was his family. He is survived by his beloved wife Charlene, daughters Shawn (Robert) Koellermeier, Lorin (Rick) Clasen, Patty Dady, Sharon Harrell, Anne Whalen and sons Robert (Kelly) Dady, Michael Dady and John (Kristy) Dady. In addition, there are 22 Dady grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, with one more presently on the way.

Bill will be laid to rest at the base of the majestic Grand Teton mountain range near Wilson at the Elliot Cemetery on March 9 at 1 p.m. Contributions may be given to Hospice of Arizona at 12740 North Plaza Del Rio Boulevard, Peoria, AZ, 85351.

For the complete article see the 03-08-2013 issue.

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