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“I was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We rode the Joplin school bus together for many years and we both had the distinction of coming from large...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Roxy Wicks Gillespie - Kevin, MT

“Our prayers are with you all. He will always be "Uncle Bill" with us. We have had many good times in IL, TX, OK, NM, LA,KY, wherever the pipeline...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Jessica G. Jolliff - Patoka, IL

“I wil always remember Bill and his hearty laugh and genuine smile. I had so much fun out at the camp and fishing off the dock. I always got a big hug...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Kathie Jacobs - New Orleans, LA

“Maureen, Bill and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I remember speaking with Bill on the phone when I called after Katrina. He...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Yvonne Carter - Exton, PA

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Kathy Beale - Redondo Beach, CA

“Such a quite loving gentlemen. Sorry we did not get to know him more. He was truly such a unique guy who enjoyed life , laughter, & love. Always...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: David and Linda Wheeler - AL

“We join with many others who knew Bill, in offering our deepest sympathy. They say the measure of a life well-lived is through the lives they...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Doug & Toni Bookout - New Orleans, LA

“Such a great high school friend. We had many, many great times with Bill. I will miss his gentle ways and quiet demeanor. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Arlene Williams - Dillon, MT

“We will always remember Bill and how quiet and sweet he was. Those sky blue eyes will shine forever in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Jesse and Dottie Morgan - Tampa, FL

“It is our honor to have known Bill. He was a wonderful man and true gentleman. Our thoughts and prayers are with Maureen and all the family during...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: David and Nancy Hart - Friends

“I will always remember Bill as being a Quiet Man but so very supportive of his wife. I pray that God watches over his family now in this time of...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Bob Williamson - Slidell, LA

“Maureen and family- may God hold you in his hands throughout this difficult time of loss, and may Bill live forward with you as you treasure the many...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Connie (Kuntz) Bennett - WA

“Bill was one of the nicest, most down to earth guys we have ever met and he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Terri and Gary Blouin - Laplace, LA

“I enjoyed working with Bill for throughout my career. Bill always challenged me to do my best. He had a way of simplifying a project to make it...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Kim Sumrall - Houston, TX


William J. "Bill" Pimley passed away on Friday, November 2, 2012, at the age of 61, after a courageous battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme Brain Cancer. Beloved husband of 40 years to Maureen Ann Dougherty Pimley, he died at home surrounded by his family.
Bill is also survived by his daughters Melody Pimley Wirz (Trey) of Houston, TX, Sabrina Pimley of Kenner and Tammy Pimley (John Johnson) of Jefferson; brothers Joe Pimley of Hungry Horse, Montana, Bob Pimley (Hilda) of Camarillo, California, Dale Pimley (Cindy) of Joplin, Montana, Richard Pimley (Clair) of Reardan, Washington and Jerry Pimley (Sharon) of Billings, Montana; sisters Linda Fossen and her partner Gilbert Pompa of Bellingham, Washington, Mary Ann Moog of Havre, Montana, Connie Anderson (Delbert) of Joplin, Montana and Lois Evans (Larry) of Bozeman, Montana; brother-in-law Patrick Dougherty (Mary) of Missoula, Montana; sister-in-law Shawn Dixon (John) of Great Falls, Montana ; grandchildren DaZhanee Tatum, KaiRee Tatum, Jaxon Wirz, Kennedy Wirz and Annabelle Johnson as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Bill was born on May 30, 1951 in Havre, Montana to his late parents Orville Leonard Pimley and Della Mae Cole Pimley. He grew up on a family farm on the Canadian border, north of Joplin, Montana. He attended Burke School before the family moved to Joplin, then went on to graduate from Joplin High School in 1969. Bill attended Montana State University in Bozeman from 1969 to 1973 graduating with a BS in Civil Engineering. He married the love of his life, Maureen on September 16, 1972 in Great Falls, Montana. He was hired out of college by Texaco-Cities Service Pipeline Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. When they sold their holdings he joined Equilon Pipeline Company in Wichita Falls, Texas. From there he was hired by Shell Pipeline Company in New Orleans, Louisiana. He enjoyed his work and was known for drawing diagrams of what needed to be done on anything handy, including napkins in restaurants and bars along the way.
Bill served on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scout Council in Wichita Falls, Texas where he volunteered engineering a pipeline to bring water to the Girl Scout Camp. In Louisiana he spearheaded building improvements and clean-up projects at a horse barn used for disabled children and pet shelter. His interests included woodworking, which he built many wooden clocks for family and friends. Bill was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time at the fish camp in Cocodrie, Louisiana, where he would not only fix up the camp but fish with friends. He will be missed by many.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to MD Anderson's Dr. DeGroot and his team, especially Dr. Susan McGovern for their care and concern during Bill's treatment.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. New Orleans, on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM. Interment will be private
Bill and the family support the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation in hopes that research will help prevent others from having a loved one die from brain cancer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to www.runfortherose.com/?id=281 or 5090 Richmond Ave., PMB-291, Houston, TX 77056. Donations are also accepted by Caring Bridge website at www.caringbridge.org , which was wonderful - making it easy to let friends and family know about Bill's illness and treatment.