2013-11-14 / Obituaries

William “Bill” Cabezut

William “Bill” Cabezut passed away peacefully at his home in Ukiah on Oct. 26 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 90.

Bill was born on Jan. 9, 1923 in Fresno. He was the only sibling born in a hospital. He is predeceased by his parents, Pearl Cabezut (McFarland) and Simon Cabezut. He was also predeceased by brothers Joe Cabezut and Simon Cabezut, his daughter Nadine Wass and his son William “Buck” Cabezut.

Bill went to school in Mariposa through the second year of high school. He left school in 1942 in order to go to work. The principal of the school gave him a letter of recommendation and said he was a “good mechanic.” Bill got a job in Yosemite Park, where he worked until he got a job as a pipe fitter in a shipyard.

During World War II he was in the Army from 1943 to 1945, with the 456th Air Service Group in the European Theater. He received the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

After the service, Bill and his friend Ron Little rode motorcycles to Northern California looking for work. Bill got a job in a sawmill, then went to work for a lumber company.

He married Ora Banks in 1951. He worked for a car dealer in Ukiah, and stayed there until he retired. Ora passed away in 1983.

Bill later married Freeda Smith in 1984 and the couple was married for 29 years.

Bill loved boating and built his own dune buggy. He was a member of the Mendocino Buggy Association. He also loved camping with friends and family and loved to travel and take pictures.

Bill took up sewing quilts after he could drive no more. He enjoyed giving his quilts away. He also loved to make jellies and jams.

He is survived by his wife, Freeda Cabezut of Ukiah, his daughters Sherry Hoey of Ukiah, Vickie Jones of Mariposa, his step-children Harold Ford, Rita Goodman and Gail Hale. He is also survived by his grandchildren Tyler Hoey, Sheila Fuller, Cheryl Johnson, Kenneth Ford, Mark Ford, David Ford, and Rebekah and Mike May of Mariposa. He also has many great-grandchildren.

Bill’s internment was at the Ukiah Cemetery on Nov. 4. There will be a celebration of his life next year.

Donations can be made to Hospice of Ukiah in his name.

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