Albert Bilton Jr. |

Albert Bilton Jr.

Albert “Earl” Bilton Jr., a resident of Lake Wildwood, died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on Aug. 13 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley. He was 98.

Services were conducted at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Calif.

Earl was born in Venus, Texas, on Oct. 12, 1911. He was the fourth child in a family of nine.

He completed his schooling in Venus and in 1935 married his sweetheart, Lou Davis. After serving in World War II, he and his wife, with their young daughter, decided to put down roots in Southern California.

Earl was a hard chrome specialist for many years. He and a partner started a successful company in 1955. For more than a decade and a half he developed an industry reputation of quality, honesty and integrity.

When a large mold-making company asked him to set up and supervise a complete exclusive-plating plant, it was an offer he couldn’t refuse.

After selling out to his partner, he fulfilled his mission for the company, then finally retired to pursue his favorite pastimes: Bowling, gardening, occasionally the gaming tables in Las Vegas and just being with family and friends.

In December 1993, Earl’s beloved wife of 59 years, Lou, passed away.

After living alone for several years, he agreed to follow his daughter and son-in-law to Lake Wildwood.

During Earl’s more than 12 years in Nevada County, he became the patriarch league bowler of Prosperity Lanes in Grass Valley.

For Earl’s 95th birthday, The Union sports editor wrote a feature article highlighting his bowling prowess and his many bowling friends.

Earl is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kay and John Carius; two grandsons; three great-grandchildren; sister, Lillian Joslin; and brother, Eldon Bilton of Texas.

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