Obituary of William H. (Bill) Dobbins
William (Bill) Dobbins passed peacefully in his sleep early Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. He was 95. A 30-year sailor, veteran of three wars and a Pearl Harbor survivor, he was very proud of his U.S. Navy service. He retired in 1970 as a Chief Boatswian’s Mate, and honored to carry the monikor “Boats” for those many years. He will be missed by his family and the larger community in which he was so actively involved since moving to Grass Valley in 1978. Bill’s friends and colleagues are legion. He was a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, and a member of Grass Valley Elks — both of which — helped in his development and creation of “Bill’s Wheels.” Bill’s Wheels served as a safety net for those needing wheelchairs and electric scooters but falling through the cracks of the numerous medical assistance programs. Since its inception, “Bill’s Wheels” has provided devices free to hundreds of local people needing such help. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Harold and May (Ruby) Dobbins, and his wife of 63 years, Aileen “Honey” Dobbins (Townsend).
He is survived by his son Michael and wife, Linda (Bertoncini); granddaughters, Kimberly (Polo) of Sacramento, Seana (Inducil) of Mission Viejo, and grandson Mark Mobley of Ukiah; sister Penny Weiss of Livonia, Michigan; brother Joseph Kalhorn of Howell, Michigan; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday, Sept. 23 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grass Valley. A Knights of Columbus Honor Guard will escort the casket to the church at 11:45 a.m. A
12:30 p.m. Rosary service will be conducted prior to the funeral service which begins at 1 p.m., followed by graveside Military Honors at St. Patrick Cemetery. A reception will follow at St Patrick’s Hall.Services are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to Grass Valley Knights of Columbus-Bill’s Wheels, or Hospice of the Foothills, Grass Valley.
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