Balbir Sandhu

Balbir Sandhu

A road less traveled applies to Bill Sandhu’s life.

From a small village in Punjab, North India to Keizer is a long path, one that he navigated from the age of 20, when he first arrived in the U.S. – in Centralia, Wash. in 1957.

Bill graduated from Portland State University, where he met his wife of nearly 48 years, Joanne Wood. They raised two sons in Keizer, Erik (McNary, 1990) and Ryan (McNary, ’92). Active in the community, he served on the Kennedy Elementary parent committee, helping raise funds for their first computers.

Bill worked in the insurance industry, retiring after 16 years as Compliance Officer, Health Insurance, for the State of Oregon. In retirement he volunteered many years for SHIBA, helping seniors with their Medicare choices.

In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by their sons and their families: Erik and Jennifer of Las Vegas, Nev. and children Charles, Carolyn and Julianne; and Ryan and Karyn of Sherwood and children Noah and Clara. Stepmother Ranjit Kaur Sandhu of Jalandhar, India and siblings in India, UK and U.S. survive Bill, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bill passed away on June 13, 2013, following several months’ battle with CIDP, a rare autoimmune nerve disease, as well as cardiac disease. He was 76.