William Albert Lozier, Jr.

Born: Mon., Jul. 11, 1938
Died: Thu., Mar. 29, 2012

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William Albert "Bill" Lozier Jr., 73, a life-long Pendleton resident died Thursday March 29th in Pendleton. A memorial service will be held Friday April 6th, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Sign the online guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com A Reception will be held following the service in the Vert Club Room. Bill was born July 11th 1938 in Hood River, Oregon, to William and Cleo Commons Lozier. He was raised in Echo, Oregon where he graduated from Echo High School with the class of 1956. Bill moved to Echo in the fifth grade. In the words of his longtime fellow classmate Mick Tollar " I first met Bill when he moved to Echo and joined our fifth grade class. At the first recess all the fifth and sixth grade boys got together to play Echo's version of soccer and find the answer to the question of "Just how tough is this new little kid with the cowboy boots"? We soon found out as Billy literally kicked the hell out of anyone who came near him. That was a prelude of things to come as throughout high school he demonstrated that controlled toughness on the football field and the basketball court. He did so always displaying leadership and good sportsmanship. At the unheard of weight for a defensive end of 135 pounds he was a co-captain on the 1955 Echo football team that went through league play without being scored upon. As a result, he was named to the Shrine game for his outstanding play." On July 25th 1959, Bill married Thelma Precourt at the Presbyterian Church in Pendleton. With the marriage came Thelma's ten brothers and sisters, and he was 'Uncle Bill" to over twenty nieces and nephews. Bill and Thelma made their home here in Pendleton after moving from Echo in 1967. They were married for 52 years. Bill attended the First Assembly of God Church after many years of prodding from Thelma and had a true heart for the Lord. Bill spent his career with Cascade Natural Gas starting as a meter reader and retiring as a Serviceman. Bill was passionate about helping others and loved his job working with people; he was known in Pendleton as "the gas man" for almost forty years. He would never turn down a person in need no matter what time of day or night. Bill retired in 2005 at the age of sixty-six. Bill loved to camp, fish, and hunt. He spent much of his free time fishing with his son Bill and son-in-law Steve Amsberry. He especially looked forward to their annual fishing trips to Montana. He developed a love for cruising the Caribbean in his later years. He was masterful at refinishing antique furniture, loved gardening, yard work and being out in nature. Bill could always be found in his cowboy boots and was a diehard fan of the Pendleton Round-Up. He loved to dance, loved Bluegrass and country music, especially Johnny Cash. He was the official cook for all the family barbeques and the family Christmas Breakfast. One of Bill's most passionate joys was children. Bill loved spending time with his eighteen grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The multitudes of Pendleton children who came to Thelma's daycare over the course of more than twenty-five years became a part of his family of children. Over the course of his life, he became honorary grandpa to hundreds of kids and came to be known simply as "Pa" to those who loved him. Above all else he loved and cherished his wife Thelma. Bill is survived by his beloved wife Thelma at the home in Adams, Oregon, his son Bill Lozier and wife Deena and their five children, Billy, Luke, Lilly, Abby and Emmy Lozier of Pendleton Oregon, his daughter Brenda Pickard of Gresham Oregon, and her two children Jennifer Cavanaugh and Heidi Waine of Phoenix Arizona, his daughter Brigitte Amsberry and her husband Steve and their three children Jessamy Otteson and her husband Ben, Jillian Amsberry and Jakson Amsberry all of Pendleton Oregon. He is also survived by great grandchildren Anna, Madeline and Carson Jacks, Brent and Owen Cavanaugh, Layla and Bodie Otteson, Lincoln Hernandez, and his sister Colleen Govorko of Sequim Washington. Bill is also survived by his dearly loved sisters and brothers-in-laws Shirley Hutchens, David Precourt, Dean Precourt, Luella and Larry Bailey, Bob and Leona Bray, Jean Raph, Kathy and Henry Baker, Carol and Jeff Greene and Vicky and Pete Veliz. He was preceded in death by his father William Albert Lozier, mother Cleo Smith, sister Molly Colson and his adored mother-in-law Erene Morris.

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Mick Tolar
   Posted Mon April 02, 2012
Bill and I were classmates and teammates from the time he moved to Echo. He was an outstanding leader who, although only weighing 135 pounds, played defensive end on the 1955 football Echo football team that went through league play unscore upon. His outstanding play earned him a selection to the Shrine team. Bill's lifelong love affair with Thelma was the kind of which Hollywood movies are made and their devotion to each other was remarkable. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Henry and Kathy Baker
   Posted Mon April 02, 2012
Oh how Henry and I will miss Bill, we loved him so very very much.He was such a kind guy, never having a bad or unkind word to say about anyone.He was alway's fun to be around, Uplifting and positive..He was just a wonderful man.We miss him so.

Theresa Sundin-Vienhage
   Posted Mon April 02, 2012
Sorry to hear about bigBill. Prayers are with the family. I remember growing up with Brenda and Brigitte. Shelly and I were always at your house. That was always the place to be. So many memories. I will never forget Bill and Thelma and the family. I love you all. Theresa Sundin-Vienhage

Jeff and Carol Greene
   Posted Mon April 02, 2012
We will miss Bill so very much. He is one of a kind, a kind loving hard working man that loved his family more than anything. He was an amazing Brother-in-law that I was proud to know. He always treated everyone equal, kind and respectful. He will be truly missed. We love you very much!

Lisa Hinkley Knox
   Posted Mon April 02, 2012
I spent most of my early teenage years at the Lozier home. They were my second family. Though Brenda was my best friend, Bill and Thelma were so much an important part of my daily life, along with Brigitte and little Billy, who I still picture scooting around with his bodycast on a stool. I don't know if he knew it, but Bill was the dad I wish I had and was missing at that point in my life. My love and prayers are with all of you. Love to you Thelma. What a strong woman you are and will continue to be. He is at peace.

Barbara McLean
   Posted Tue April 03, 2012
Brigitte I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories of your dad stay with you and warm your heart for years to come.

Joe Engum
   Posted Tue April 03, 2012
Brigitte, sorry for your loss. I didn't know your father but it is clear that he was a loving man and friend to many who will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.

Pat Hunt
   Posted Tue April 03, 2012
He will be missed. Mr & Mrs Clyde and Pat Hunt

Bob Tolar
   Posted Tue April 03, 2012
Bill will always be the friendly,fun-loving boy I knew in high school. He never knew a stranger and was kind to all.

Don Mills
   Posted Tue April 03, 2012
Even though I never met Mr.Lozier, I did have the pleasure of meeting some family members. I read the Obituary and now know how the family turned out as good and smart as they are. He is a man I'd of liked to have met. My thoughts are with the family and hope they will continue to follow his example concerning life.

Larry D Campbell
   Posted Tue April 03, 2012
Thelma and family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. He was always an inspiration to me with his smile, team spirit and friendship. Larry Campbell

Diane Schwab Myers
   Posted Tue April 03, 2012
Bill Lozier or as the Correa's called him...Blozier!! will always be remembered by all of us who knew him. He was one of the sweetest guys, very funny and kind. I can still see him and Bill and Johnny Correa in the new cars John B Correa bought them in high school. Great guy married to one of the most beautiful woman I've ever seen. Hugs and love to Thelma and their family.

Jody and Jerald Hoffman
   Posted Tue April 03, 2012
So sorry to hear about Bill. So many great memories of him and Thelma over the years.

Bridget Brennan
   Posted Tue April 03, 2012
My dear Uncle Bill...love you so much!

Jean Raph
   Posted Tue April 03, 2012
You are the best Brother in law anyone could have,Love you for every.

Tony Hamann
   Posted Tue April 03, 2012
To Thelma, Brenda, Bridget and Billy my Thoughts and prayers are out for you and your families. I had some of the greatest times at Bill & Thelma's home during roundup some of the stories Bill came up with still make me laugh today. I value the memories of Bill,and knowing him has made me a better person.

Michelle McManigill
   Posted Wed April 04, 2012
Some of my greatest memories are those that were spent in Penedleton with my Uncle Bill and his family. I was always so excited to go to the Round Up. My Uncle Bill was the sweetest soul and I loved being around him..I couldn't ask for a better Uncle to have..not a mean bone in his body. I loved him so much and will miss him greatly.

Bob & Leona Bray
   Posted Wed April 04, 2012
Bill, My beloved Brother in law. We are going to miss you. Bob & Leona

Shirley Hutchens
   Posted Wed April 04, 2012
I will always love you Uncle Bill, thankful I have many wonderful memories of you. The Hi Ho Club in Stanfield, dancing the Limbo with you and Auntie Thelma, my lovely Sister. My Love, Auntie Shirley

Vickie Thompson Kenny
   Posted Wed April 04, 2012
To the Lozier Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Grandma & Grandpa Correa always had the best stories of "The Two Bills" and Johnnie growing up together.

Donna Sisk
   Posted Wed April 04, 2012
I think Bill was one of the most loving and caring men I know, he was such a great friend to Duane Sisk, he will be missed.

Steve Spike
   Posted Thu April 05, 2012
Bill didn'nt know it but he was one of my role models growing up in Echo. Him and his buddy Bill Correa playing basketball-his one armed shot. His ever present smile. The unbelieveable move him and Bill C. would do when they roared by my aunt and uncles driveway, switching lanesby instinct I guessgoing opposite directions, at who knows how fast, in those cool 56 chevvy's. Steve Spike

Susan Swearingen
   Posted Fri April 06, 2012
Thelma, Bill was always a joy to be around at work and at our Christmas parties. Our customers loved him and he always was there for them, no matter what the circumstances were. He always spoke very highly of his family and especially you, Thelma. I will miss Bill but always remember him.

elsie@orvil wells
   Posted Sat April 07, 2012
Our condolence on the loss of Bill

Janet Bailey
   Posted Thu June 14, 2012
My heartfelt condolence to Thelma and the family. What a wonderful man.

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