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Wil­liam “Bill” F. Stott, age 79, for­merly of Prosser passed away Sun­day De­cem­ber 2, 2018 at his home in Tuc­son, Ari­zona.

Bill was born in Water­liet, New York on Septem­ber 7, 1939 to his par­ents Wil­liam & He­len Stott. After high school Bill and his brother, Ron, joined the United States Marine Corp in 1956. After serv­ing in the marines, Bill moved to San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia area to get a de­gree at San Jose Com­mu­nity Col­lege (and to be closer to his fa­vorite Aunt Gert). It is also where he met his first wife, He­len O’Leary.

While in Cal­i­for­nia, Bill started his life off in the pip­efit­ting union and also owned a restau­rant and bar. With that suc­cess and hap­pi­ness brought three chil­dren: Bill Jr., Deb­bie, and Patty. In 1974, Bill saw an op­por­tu­nity to raise his kids in the “coun­try”, so they moved to Prosser, WA where they brought a small farm out­side of town. To pay for those farm­ing habits, Bill joined the Lo­cal 598 Pip­efit­ters Union and worked many years un­til re­tir­ing, and mov­ing in to town.

With more free time on his hands, Bill & He­len opened and ran the lo­cal candy and ice cream shop for many years un­til they parted paths. With time, Bill re­mar­ried An­gela Heisler for a short pe­riod. Bill then moved to Tuc­son, AZ to pur­sue a warmer and health­ier cli­mate and lived there un­til pass­ing. Bill was strongly in­volved in the Catholic Church and loved help­ing to run the lo­cal “Toys for Tots” drive, and loved help­ing vet­er­ans in any way he could.

Bill loved cook­ing, can­ning, and gar­den­ing; and had a huge spot in his heart for his dogs.

Bill is pre­ceded in pass­ing by his par­ents Wil­liam and He­len Stott, (brother) Ron Stott, (sis­ter) Mar­sha Rhoades, and (daugh­ter) Deb­bie Stott-Veloz.

He is sur­vived by his (brother) Jimmy Stott, (sis­ter) Karen Stott Man­ion, (son) Bill “Billy” Stott Jr., (daugh­ter) Patty Stafford & Leon, (step daugh­ters) Me­gan Bridg­man & Diana Schreck­aise, (grand­chil­dren) Brian Stott, Deb­o­rah Bag­gerly, Leon Stafford

3rd, Reanne Grager, and nu­mer­ous nieces and nephew and many great grand­chil­dren.

View­ing and visi­ta­tion will be held on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 12, 2018 from

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be re­cited at

6:00 p.m. at the Smith Fu­neral Home in Grand­view, WA. Mass of Chris­tian Burial will be held on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13,

2018 at 12:00 P.M. at the Sa­cred Heart Catholic Church in Prosser, WA with burial and Mil­i­tary Honor to fol­low at the East Prosser Ceme­tery. Those wish­ing to sign Bill’s on­line me­mo­rial book may do so at www.fu­ner­al­home­smith.com

Smith Fu­neral Home in care of ar­range­ments.

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