Bill was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa and experienced limited vision throughout his childhood and early adult years. In 1971, he had cataract surgery which provided him with significant vision improvement. In 2001, Bill went totally blind within a couple of months. He worked in a plywood mill debarking logs and after 20 years, he quit and went onto disability because of his vision loss. After not working for 5 years, Bill went back to work in the fast food industry and worked there for 10 years.
After graduating high school, he became involved in Community Social Clubs. He served as president with the Jaycees, the Lions Club, and a Horse Club. Bill is currently retired and involved in different community endeavors including serving on the Edith Bishel Center's board, the Lion's Club, and volunteer with Project Warm Up. Bill enjoys serving on the Edith Bishel Board because being an individual who is blind, he can bring perspective to the needs of this population and can help direct the agency to stay focused on its mission.
Bill says that some personal highlights from his life include meeting John F. Kennedy and going to Alaska and fishing for halibut. But, he says that his greatest highlight is his two wonderful children and grandchildren.
Bill served on the Edith Bishel Board from 2002 to 2014 and again since 2017.