William Leroy Shineman Jr.

March 24, 1928November 13, 2020

On November 13, the angels came to take a great guy home. Bill Shineman passed away at his home peacefully on Camano Island, as he would have wanted.

Bill was born March 24, 1928 in Sugar Lake, Missouri to William and Merle Shineman. Eager for adventure, he traveled west as a teen and came To Seattle to start his adult life. He quickly got a job at Boeing where he would work for 49 years. He started as a rivet bucker on the B-17 and ended his career as VP/GM of Everett at the Boeing company until he retired July 1 1991.

Bill was a humble unique leader who genuinely cared about his people and success of the company far more than he cared about his position. He was instrumental in the start of the AOG (Airplane on ground) program that is the world standard for remote aircraft repair and return to service. He loved solving problems and taking on challenges no one else wanted. When he was named VP/GM of Everett, he was instrumental as the leader that turned the introduction of the troubled 747-400 program into success and profitability. He did this by surrounding himself with great people, making tough decisions, being honest with leadership as well as his airline customers about expectations and schedules. These characteristics were the bedrock of who he was. Bill bled “Boeing Blue” and remained proud to have been a part of its history.

Bill was a great leader, but more than that, he was a great father to Sonnie, Debbie, Melinda, Tammie and Tony. Unfortunately, Sonnie and Melinda preceded him in death. He also was a great husband to his wife Ronnee and best friend to many. He always had time to talk and listen, gave great perspective on life’s challenges if asked. Bill also was funny, caring, generous, and compassionate. He loved to play cards. No matter how hard you tried, you would never beat him at cards. He always had “that smile” at the end of the game.

Bill and his wife Ronnee enjoyed his 43 years of marriage and 29 years of retirement filled with family, friends, golf, more golf and Palm Springs. He made the best bacon and egg breakfast we have ever had in our lives. His steaks were also the best you will ever eat. He became quite the cook for those two things Bill, you will be missed more than we could ever say but you live in our hearts and memories every minute of every day.

No services will be held at this time due to Covid 19. He would want us to be safe and remember the endless great times we had together.

On Behalf of Evergreen Funeral Home we would like to thank you for visiting Bill's page. We would encourage you to sign the guest book below & leave your condolences for the family. Please share your memories of Bill with his family.



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Hope Bowman

November 20, 2020

The most amazing human being. A grandfather who loved unconditionally. I love you Papa. Thank you for all that you were and will always be.

Sara Sawyer

November 19, 2020

My son Cayden Stecks and I will always have loving memories of Bill. He is a very special man and one of the best great grandfathers. Cayden and I didn’t see Bill as much as we wanted however he has always been in our thoughts and will remain there!

WAYNE Snowden

November 18, 2020

We lived on farm in Missouri in early 50's got to know him very well, was very close to mom n dad Snowden, Wayne n Evelyn...after moving to WA State we became closer with our families..I used to beat his brother Truby playing basketball, I think anyway...He was a very respected and great man in my eye's and our family for many years. God Bless you will be surely missed..much love to Ronee!!!!

mick ryan

November 18, 2020

Bill was a great person in both technical ability, work ethic and personal relationships. Bill's help to me during the delivery of the Qantas first Boeing 747s' was greatly appreciated.
Margot and I appreciated the beautiful times we spent together in both the USA and Australia.
We are sad with Ronnee however we will always remember him with great affection and take comfort in our belief that we will all meet up again
Michael and Margot Ryan

Connie Pursell

November 17, 2020

So very many happy memories flood my mind. Our family gatherings with the whole mob of us together are some of my most precious treasures but listening to Uncle Bill's stories about our family and his growing up experiences and his adventures at Boeing are the best times ever. Uncle Bill was an amazing story teller. Hard to think of him being absent.....

Mike and karen Schlangen

November 17, 2020

Tony, Jennifer,Zack and Zoe.. So very sorry for your loss.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you ..Hugs...Love Aunt Karen and Uncle Mike


November 17, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss, we believe you hit the nail on the head at your description of Bill. He was truly a wonderful human being, father and husband.


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