William Bill E. Gilk Jr.

October 29, 1957February 22, 2013

William Edward Gilk, Jr., 55, of Cheney, WA passed away on February 22, 2013. Bill was born to William and (LaNell) E. Gilk, Sr. on October 29, 1957, in Chehalis, WA. He attended Napavine Schools where he participated in basketball and track and graduated in 1976. Bill immediately entered the U.S. Air Force following high school. He honorably served his country for 20 years in various locations, such as New Mexico, Colorado, and Alaska, as a computer analyst, even serving abroad in England. During his service, he was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal and also received the Air Force Commendation medal four times. Bill retired as a Tech. Sergeant (E-6) in 1996 while stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane. Bill was presently employed for AMX as a computer analyst supervisor.

Bill enjoyed watching sports and attended local Spokane Indian games. He liked spending time in the outdoors, working with his horses, traveling, playing cribbage, and bowling. He attended Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Spokane. Bill was a very caring man and helped with charities such as the Special Olympics and the Cheney Relay for Life. He was recognized by many as the guy with the long mustache. Yet, his greatest love was the time he spent with his family and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, William Sr. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Luletta (Lue) of Cheney; his mother, LaNell Gilk of Chehalis; his daughter, Nicole (Dave) Zickler of Loon Lake; sons, Nathan of Spangle, James of Spokane, and Jacob of Cheney. He has three grandchildren: Kylie and David Zickler and Zachary Gilk. Bill is also survived by his brother, Mike (Diane) Gilk of Winlock; sister, Susan Anderson of Chehalis; and brother, Frank (Teresa) Holmes of Toledo. Bill was also greatly loved by his brothers and sisters-in-law: George (Deb) Bright and Steve (Patty) Bright both of Sidney, MT, and Carmella (Scott) Lappin, of Douglas, WY. He also had many nieces and nephews.

Services for Bill will be held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 2733 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane on Friday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m. A military graveside service will follow at 2:15 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Medical Lake. A second memorial service will be held for Bill in Chehalis on Saturday, April 6th at 1:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Museum. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Veteran Memorial Cemetery, 21702 West Espanola Road, Medical Lake, WA 99022, the Cheney Relay for Life Chapter, or the Veterans Memorial Museum, 100 Veterans Way, Chehalis, WA 98532. Arrangements are under the direction of Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N. Monroe St., Spokane, WA.



  • Funeral Service Friday, March 15, 2013
  • Committal Service Friday, March 15, 2013


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William Bill E. Gilk Jr.

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Nicole Zickler

June 11, 2013

Miss you Dad <3

Les Nipp

March 13, 2013

I knew Bill through his son Jacob and in the short time I was privileged to know him, thought of him as a very caring, giving individual who gave so much of himself for others because that is what he believed in, you will be missed Bill!!!!

Conrad Baer

March 13, 2013

I remember seeing Bill walking past my residence with his wife and son. During my interactions with Bill, it became clear to me that he was a loving and most attentive father.

Bill's presence made me feel more secure in our neighborhood. His white truck "swooshing by" was a comforting sight. I miss seeing him on his tractor. There is a troublesome spot at Garfield and 904 where drivers would become mired in the snow while entering or leaving the main highway. Bill would often plow this space open.

Without my requesting help, he repaired damage that miscreants had created on my land. Every winter, Bill removed a large amount of snow from my driveway. He didn't want any payment for his kind deeds. He made life easier for everyone.

March 12, 2013

Lue and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. May you find the comfort and love of God during these difficult times. My prayers are with you all.

Jill Weiszmann
Cheney, WA

Shirley Milliren

March 12, 2013

What a privilege to have known Bill. A great man who would do anything for anybody. I asked Bill if I could be on his team for the Relay for Life a few years back. And he kept me posted on Lu's battle with cancer and her chemo treatments and such. When he came to Bi-Mart with Jake, you could see the love between them. Gone too soon, but not soon forgotten.

Billy & Shirley Frazier

March 10, 2013

A great man and a great friend to all who knew him. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time and may his soul rest in peace.