On September 12, 2018, David Blaine ‘Deacon’ Bilbery, 75, of Marblemount, passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home with loved ones close by after a long battle of multiple medical issues. He is once again reunited with his beloved wife of 51 years, Verene.
Deacon was born in Seattle, Washington to Margaret and William Jack where he grew up with younger siblings, Mary Bilbery, Jack Bilbery, Jim Campbell, Robert Campbell and Roy Campbell. His childhood was difficult, marked by tragedy after suffering the loss of his younger sister and infant brother in a house fire that eventually contributed to the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. Due to his heartache, he quickly learned to be a self-reliant bad boy, that used humor to manage his pain. Driving “fast rides” was always a means of catharsis, especially long drives on his Harley with his motorcycle group.
He served in the United States Army, 82nd Engineer Battalion, in Bamberg, Germany from 1963 to 1966. Upon his discharge, he returned to Washington where he met and married Verene Smith while she was visiting family from her home state of Nebraska.
He was hardworking, providing for his family through his love of transportation by driving long haul and driving for a major bus company where he ultimately suffered an injury that ended his career. He had a gruff, rough-n-tough exterior, but a soft heart filled with loyalty and an undeniable love for his family and friends.
He is survived by daughters, Annamarie (Mick), Christina (Jeff), Mary (Jeffrey) and Jolene; grandchildren, Christian (Cornelia), Sebastian, Joshua (Kendra), Tia (Michael), Tori, and Dakota (Aom); great-grandchild, Hank; brothers, Jim and Roy; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, dear friends and his beloved dog, Rosie.
He is preceded in death by his wife, grandmother, mother and siblings, Mary, Jack, Robert, numerous friends and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to his beloved church family that have always provided comfort, strength and support during this difficult time. Donations can be made to: Community Bible Church, P.O. Box 88, Concrete, WA. 98237.
Deacon will be laid to rest at Forest Park Cemetery in Concrete, WA. Please join us for graveside services that are to be held on September 22, 2018, 11:00 am. Share your memories of Deacon and sign the online guest register.