Billy “Bill’ Clyde Hilburn, 69, of Sweet Home passed away Saturday in his home surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Miami, Arizona to Clyde E. and Minnie Marie (Doyle) Hilburn. Bill was raised in Willamina, Oregon.
He married Raylene Fay Prichard in Reno June 17, 1961. He worked at Pyramid Oil Company during the mid 1960s. His team won the Elderado World Champion Oil Rigging Competition in 1965 in Taft, California. Bill and Raylene came to Sweet Home in 1974. Bill worked at Willamette Industries until he retired.
Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. He loved his kids and grandchildren.
He is survived by: his wife, Raylene Hilburn of Lebanon; children, Audrey Hilburn (and her husband, Darrell Hiraoka) of Sweet Home, Paul Hilburn of Lebanon, Billie Hilburn-Bjornsen of Sweet Home, and Burl Hilburn of Lebanon; sisters, Betty Groshens of Wisconsin and Barbara Guidry of California; brother, Gene Hilburn of Washington; 11 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Bill is preceded in death by: his son, Jimmy Lee Hilburn in 1974; brothers, James Hilburn and John Hilburn; sister, Pat Dawson; and son-in-law, Kirk Allen Bjornsen.
Viewing will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 13, 2012 at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel.
A memorial service will begin at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Sweet Home Charter School.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sweet Home Funeral Chapel.