William Lawrence Barclay, age 85, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on July 30, 2013. Bill was a true blessing to Charles and Minnie Barclay, as he was their eighth and last child born on Veterans Day Nov. 11, 1927 Donnelly, MN.
It was with true patriotism that he “exaggerated” his age to enable enlistment into the United States Navy during WW II. After his service in the war, he ultimately fell in love and married a girl that he knew all of his life. Ona Mae Johnson and Bill Barclay shared a one-room school house together that eventually led to 59 years of marriage. Together they raised four children, one of which left this world way too soon at the tender age of three.
We are rejoicing the fact that Bill is once again reunited with Greg for the first time in over 50 years. Bill began his working years in Seattle after the war, making his way to Metaline Falls with Seattle City Light. He traveled the country working for Bechtel Construction until he retired for the first time in 1984.
His idea of retirement was owning a hunting and fishing lodge, so he made his way back to Washington and bought Beaver Lodge, 25 miles from Colville. There he rebuilt the resort reputation and worked day and night for nearly five years before he retired again and moved to town.
Once there, he again grew restless and became involved in several local businesses in addition to actively working in the community. He was instrumental in revitalizing the local snowmobile club and ultimately was awarded Snowmobiler of the Year via the Washington State Snowmobile Club in 1989. Bill was also active in the Panorama Rodeo Club, being honored as the Grand Marshal of the parade in 2000.
During his years in Colville, he was also very active with the Masons and Shriners, with emphasis on their hospital in Spokane.
Bill and Ona then moved to Worley, Idaho, where they spent 8 years enjoying the countryside and wildlife. With desires to be closer to his family, they moved to their final home in Lynden in 2008. They became members of Faith Community Church, where Bill spent his last years growing in his knowledge and faith of Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior.
Bill was a gifted musician and could play any instrument given one hour to practice. He loved the outdoors in every aspect, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, sharing his life experiences and teaching how to be an honoring, loving husband, father, and friend.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Minnie; six sisters, Esther, Hazel, Laura, Margaret, Violet, and one brother, Lester; and one son, Greg.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Ona Mae; three children, Randy (Sally), Penny (Greg Bowen), Brian (Christine), and nine grandchildren; Terry (Michelle), Deanna, Billy Barclay, Stephanie and Kendra Bowen, Derek, Brett (Amanda), Kyle, Collin Barclay; many nieces; nephews; cousins and friends.
A cele¬bration of life will be held at Faith Community Church in Lyn¬den on Aug 24 at 11 a.m., with lunch reception immediately following.