Services will be held at a later date for Billy Waldrum of Lindsay who passed away March 19, 2007, at the age of 75.

Billy was born to Beulah and Dave Waldrum on June 15, 1931 in Bokchita, Okla. The family moved to California in 1938 and settled in Porterville.

During grade school, his great love was his bicycle. One of his favorite escapades on his bike was riding down Luis Hill without brakes (where speeds of 60 mph could easily be reached). Many times he would have his younger brother riding on the handlebars.

As a teenager, Billy loved boxing. During an open challenge boxing match at the Porterville Sales Yard, and against the advice of older, wiser adults, Bill got into the ring with a Golden Glove Boxer and to everyone's surprise, especially his opponent, easily won the bout. He remained a fan of boxing all his life.

The day after high school graduation from Corcoran High School, in 1949, Bill's 40 year career with the Santa Fe Rail Road began, during which time he served as telegrapher, station agent, tower operator, dispatcher, and chief dispatcher. Along the way, he developed many life long friendships. His friends Dean Forney, Bob Nixon, and the late Norman Pack, all Santa Fe employees, would send telegraph messages back and forth on tape as a way of keeping in touch in later years.

One of Bill's special loves, aside from his family, was music. Being a talented amateur guitarist, he was proud to have been asked to sit in with Buck Owens and his band at the Blackboard Caf

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