Billy Drinkwater, longtime resident of Grant County, passed away Saturday, July 8th, at Valley View Assisted Living in John Day, Oregon. He was surrounded by his loving family members, friends, and the caring staff there at the center.
Billy is survived by his daughter Jean, stepdaughter Judy (Jerry), son Ronny (Carolyn), son Jerry (Sue), stepson John (Irene), and many grand and great-grandchildren. Billy was preceded in death by his wife of 19 years, Frances, and later preceded in death by his second wife of 40 years, Betty. Our father was blessed to have these two wonderful women in his life. He is also preceded in death by his son, Jay (Geneva).
Billy was born on May 28, 1917, in Burns, Oregon, and was raised in the Burns and Crane, Oregon area. After attending Oregon State and his marriage to Frances he began his cattle ranching business first briefly in Burns, and then near Prairie City, Oregon in 1942. It was here that Billy raised his family and ran a very successful cattle business for the next 40 years.
Billy loved his community and “John Day Valley.” He enjoyed serving over the years in many different capacities. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The family has asked that donations be directed to Home Health/Hospice here in Grant County. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 15th, at the LDS chapel in John Day at 10:30 a.m. Service has been entrusted to Driskill Memorial Chapel.
Paid for by the family of Billy Drinkwater.