William H. ”Bill” Hoskins, 88, a longtime resident of the Forest Grove community, died Friday afternoon, November 30, 2018 at the Rosewood Memory Care in Hillsboro.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the United Church of Christ, 2032 College Way in Forest Grove, with the Reverend David Zaworski, Interim Pastor, officiating. Family Graveside Services will precede the church ceremony at 11:00 A.M. at the Forest View Cemetery, 1161 West Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove.
Family and friends are invited to attend a reception immediately following the church ceremony, to be held in the fellowship hall.
WILLIAM HAROLD HOSKINS was born January 4, 1930 in Sumner, Washington, the son of the late Harold Hoskins and Helen (Mohr) Sidorski. He was raised and received his education in Puyallup, Washington, having been a graduate of the High School Class of 1948. Upon his high school graduation, he attended the University of Washington, receiving a bachelor degree in forestry in 1952 and lettering on the Husky Varsity Crew team.
He was united in marriage to Shirley Dobell in March of 1952 in Tacoma, Washington. Following their marriage and Bill’s post collegiate employment with the State of Oregon Forestry Department, they moved to Salem, and later lived in both Tillamook and Forest Grove. They were later divorced.
Bill was united in marriage to Alice Davis Fleskes on April 28, 1973 in the Chapel of Old College Hall on Pacific University campus in Forest Grove. They celebrated their 45th Wedding Anniversary this past April. Following their marriage, they had made their home in the Forest Grove community, living in the big red house on the corner of 17th & Cedar. In April of 2017, Bill moved to Rosewood Memory Care in Hillsboro, where he was a resident until his passing.
Bill had worked for the Oregon Department of Forestry for thirty-one years, having been responsible for the replanting of the Tillamook Burn area. He retired as assistant district manager at the age of fifty-five years old.
He was a member of the Forest Grove United Church of Christ, the Forest Grove Elks Lodge #2440 and was an ardent fan of the University of Washington Huskies through the years.
Bill spent all of his life in the out of doors. As a child growing up in Puyallup, Washington, he roamed freely on his bicycle from town to farm. He learned to grow a victory garden from his mother. He learned to hunt from his uncles and could be caught making mischief most any day. What better job could there have been for an outdoorsman than working in the woods. He spent 31 years creating the Tillamook Forest from the ashes of the Tillamook Burn and wouldn’t have traded any of that time, he loved what he did. Spending that much time in the forest, you learn where the best fishing and hunting is, and he could always get his limit. On Thanksgiving, the family never knew if they were eating turkey or goose that day, but there would be something he either caught, shot or grew. The best fishing holes on the Wilson, Trask and Kilchis were secrets he only shared with a select few. Bill also had a special love for spending time with his grandchildren. If they had any interest in gardening, they soon learned a weed from a flower. Every fall any grandchild around was part of the kiwi picking process. There was always something he wanted to make sure they knew how to do.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Bradley Fleskes and his grandson, Kelton Kennedy. Survivors include his wife, Alice Hoskins, of Hillsboro, Oregon; his seven children and their spouses, Margo and Steve Allen, of Beaverton, Oregon; Bill and Shawn Hoskins, of Tillamook, Oregon; Willow Kennedy, of West Linn, Oregon; Katherine Hoskins, of Sherwood, Oregon; Julie Spalding, of Winlock, Washington; Bruce and Paula Fleskes, of Hillsboro, Oregon and Brian and Kathy Fleskes, of Hillsboro, Oregon. Bill is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Don and Ellen Hoskins, of Puyallup, Washington; his sister, Gaye Honn, of Scottsdale, Arizona; his brother-in-law and partner, James Davis and Robert Helton, of Oakland, California.
Also surviving are his fourteen grandchildren A.J. Allen, of Beaverton, Oregon; Kaycie Allen, of Beaverton, Oregon; Nathan Richardson, of Condon, Montana; Kyle Hoskins, of Tillamook, Oregon; Katie Engerman, of Wilsonville, Oregon; Ashley Wells of Wilsonville, Oregon; Connor Kennedy, of West Linn, Oregon; Luke Spalding, of San Diego, California; Dr. Alicia Spalding, of Winlock, Washington; Mckenzie Spalding of Tacoma, Washington; Kayla Fleskes, of Portland, Oregon; Marissa Fleskes, of Corvallis, Oregon; Danielle Fleskes, of Tacoma, Washington and Parker Fleskes, of Hillsboro, Oregon; and his thirteen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to his granddaughter’s non-profit, Nature Nurture Farmacy, c/o Dr. Alicia Spalding, 122 Hemphill Road, Winlock, Washington 98596, in his memory.
Viewing (Visitation) Hrs: Thursday, December 20, 2018 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Friday, December 21, 2018 9:00 to 10:30 A.M. @ the Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove.
To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family go towww.fuitenrosehoyt.com.
Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove is entrusted with the arrangements.