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William "Bill" McInturff

March 4, 1947 — March 20, 2019

Bill was born March 4, 1947 in Berkeley, California to William J. McInturff and Margaret (Beale) McInturff.  He passed away March 20, 2019 at Kootenai Health IN Coeur d’ Alene.

Bill lived and went to elementary and high school in Pasadena, where he excelled in football.  After high school he enrolled in Pepperdine where he attended for a year and a half.  He joined the U.S. Naval Reserve and married LeNelle Martin in 1966.  He was called to active duty during the Vietnam War on October 12, 1967 and served on the USS Bryce Canyon where he received a National Defense Service Medal.  In 1973 Bill and LeNelle moved to Moscow, Idaho where Bill went to work for the U.S. Postal Service.  They had two daughters Lisa Diane and Debbie Lynne.  Bill and LeNelle were divorced in 1981 and Bill moved to Sandpoint.  He transferred to the U.S. Post Office in Sandpoint and became the Officer in charge there.  He met Sharon Coulter in the summer of 1986 and they were married on July 25, 1987.  They lived on Fry Creek for a period of time and then bought a house on Bottle Bay Road.  Bill continued to work for the Postal Service for thirty one years and spent the last five years of his career as the Post Master at Priest River.

Bill was a big fan of racing in the 1960’s and 1970’s and ran his own cars in the drag races.  Then came his love for NASCAR.  His daughters Lisa and Debbie took him to the NASCAR races in Bristol, Tennessee in 2015.

Bill retired in January 2004.  When his wife Sharon retired from the school district in Sandpoint in August 2004 they sold their home on Bottle Bay Road, bought a 5th wheel trailer and traveled all winter of 2004-2005 down to Arizona and all across New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana to as far as Mississippi.

When Bill and Sharon returned in the spring of 2005 they bought a home in Leisure Park in Hayden.  Bill worked for a short period of time transporting Burlington Northern Crews and then went to work part-time for the next fifteen years at the Links Golf Club in Post Falls in the Pro Shop.  He made many friends there over the years and ran the Wednesday Night Men’s League.

Bill and Sharon continued to travel the country during the fall and winters visiting many National Parks and places of interest across the southwest.

Bill was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Coeur d’ Alene, the Link’s Golf Club in Post Falls and the Elk’s #1376 in Sandpoint.

Bill is survived by his wife Sharon at the home, daughters Lisa Diane of Portland, Debbie Lynne and son in law Andrew Reed of Vancouver, WA.  A step Daughter Carlyn and her husband David (Skip) Blacker of Grand Junction, CO and step son Kevin Coulter, of Coeur d’ Alene.  A grandson Jordan Nordgaarden of Copperas Cove, Texas and a granddaughter Jarae Schreiber of Spokane, Sister in Law Judy Morton and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Coeur d’ Alene at 11:00 A.M. A reception will follow at the church.  Donations can be made to the Cancer Foundation. 

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