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Edward Arbuckle


April 19, 2019

Edward William Arbuckle, aka "Billy", passed away peacefully on October 16, 2018 in Eureka, CA. His family and friends will miss his humorous storytelling and famous Arbuckle-isms.

Born November 2, 1933 in Carter County, Montana on the Arbuckle ranch, he graduated from Carter County High School in 1951. He served in the US Air Force for six years. He then attended the University of Montana in Missoula, graduating with a Bachelor of Art in Mathematics. Here he met and married Carol Anne Corkish. Their first son, Brian, was born in 1959.

Upon graduating in 1960, the family moved to Willows, California to teach. This is where sons Brant (1962) and Tim (1965) were born. Ed earned his Master of Mathematics from the University of Kansas before moving to Concord, California. Ed taught math at Ygnacio Valley High School, then later taught math and coached golf at Northgate High School and Diablo Valley College. Ed retired from teaching in the early 90s and dedicated his time to golf, growing mums and fishing, always with a dog he loved by his side.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Carol; brother, James; sister, Margaret (Peggy); parents, Lina and William "Bill" Arbuckle; granddaughter, Brianne. Ed is survived by his sons and their spouses: Brian and Lisa, Brant and Kristina, and Tim and Loretta, grandchildren: Tim Jr. (Katie), Samantha, Natalie, Kelsey, Marshal, Ashley and Riley, great-granddaughter: Shaelyn, girlfriend: Clara Perron, sister: Kay Arbuckle Craig, along with multiple nieces, nephews, and sister/brother-in-laws.

A celebration of life will be held June 29, 2019 in Walnut Creek, California. Email Brian at [email protected] for further service details or to send any stories/memories about Ed "Billy."

In lieu of flowers/cards, please donate to Carter County Museum.


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