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Wilford “Bill” Jackson Sharp
December 5, 1923-May 20, 2011
Dallas - Wilford “Bill” Jackson Sharp, 87, died May 20th in Dallas of complications from pneumonia. He was born on December 5, 1923, in East Wenatchee, Washington to Christian and Jessie Sharp. He served in the US Army Air Force as a radar observer bombardier in World War II, and was a member of the Dallas American Legion Carl B Fenton Post #20.
In 1947, Wilford married the love of his life, Imagene Jackson, in Yakima, Washington, and they began a joyful adventure that lasted 46 years. In 1961 they moved to a farm outside of Dallas, and began a rural life, surrounded by many wonderful animals and nature. Wilford deeply loved his family, and greatly enjoyed helping others. He was known for his generosity, kindness, humor, hard work, good cheer, and devotion to God and family.
Wilford worked for over 30 years as a service technician for Sears Roebuck & Co., repairing appliances, retiring in 1986. He gave long hours of volunteer time at the Dallas Food Bank and Give and Take Center. He loved the outdoors, fishing, woodworking, travel, animals, music, bowling, and being with his family. Wilford was a skilled carpenter, and took great pleasure in creating beautiful handmade items from a variety of unusual wood, including scotch broom. He was acknowledged by family and friends to be able to build or fix anything.
Wilford is preceded in death by his wife, Imagene, in 1993, and his brothers Theron, Harry, Emmert, and his sister Grace. Survivors include daughters, April Kelcy, of Monrovia CA, and Kelley Sharp, of Dallas, OR; brother Floyd Sharp, of Selah, WA; granddaughter Julie Monkman, of Renton, WA; grandson Charlie Keltzer, of Santa Cruz, CA; and two great grandchildren.
Visitation is planned for Wednesday May 25th from 2-6PM at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. The funeral will be held on May 26th at 11:00AM, also at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, follwed by a graveside service, with Military Honors, at the Dallas Cemetery.