In Loving Memory of William “Bill“ McGaa: 1971-2022 


On Sept. 26, 2022, William (Bill) McGaa passed away after a short battle with cancer. He was 51 years young. He lived most of his life in the greater Winlock area, except for a brief stint in Alaska, where he tried his luck with the fishing industry. That didn’t last long, but what an adventure. His favorite hobby was elk/deer hunting with his friend Rich Ayr and Rich’s dad, who Bill always called grandpa. He could spin a tale around those hunting trips, especially the one when he and Rich brought the horses to help pack out their kill. It seems one of the horses was not fond of dead animals. 

Over the years, Bill became a fairly skilled handyman. Because of his trade, he made many wonderful friends. Many were a very large part of his last few weeks here on earth. Specifically, Carlene and Dave Smith, Carolyn and Rich Ayr, and Helen Presley and her son Craig. Bill is survived by his siblings Judy Bonvillain, of Longview; Ron Hebish, of Raymond; Linda Hebish, of Seattle; and Deborah Haaby, fiof Springfield, Oregon. He was much loved as a brother, an uncle and a great-uncle. 

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2022, in the Winlock Community Building, 607 NW Kerron St.