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William "Bill" Douglas Underwood

William Douglas Underwood, 84, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas passed away Sunday morning on October 22, 2017 at his home.

Bill was born in Baron, Oklahoma on June 12, 1933, a son of Douglas Underwood and Mable Cagel Underwood. He was a man of all trades, but his usual occupation was construction work in Clovis, California of 30 years. He was married to Helen Underwood for 32 years. He attended Clovis High School in California. He enjoyed watching the black and white western TV shows, going around and joking to fellow friends that “he was just a poor boy from Peavine”, running his Hwy 59 rafting and canoeing business of Siloam Springs during the summer season, and spending time with his cat and dogs. Bill served honorably for the National Guard.

He is survived by his daughter, Holly Underwood of the home; 1 brother, Darrell “Gabby” Underwood of Watts, OK; 2 Sisters, Loretta McDaniel of Madera, CA and Phyllis Iverson of Clovis, CA; Grandson Davey Espionza of Siloam Springs, AR; 6 Grandchildren of California, Gary, Sheila, Dustin, Deanna, Drew, and Ashley; 8 Great-Grandchildren; 3 Dogs, Iola, Woofy, and Dumplin; 1 Cat, Don-Don; and many other loved ones and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Douglas Underwood, his mother Mable Cagel Underwood; 2 Brothers, Bill Underwood and Richard Underwood; 1 Sister, Daisey Underwood; 2 Sons, Daniel Underwood and Gary Underwood.

The family will have a Celebration of Life Memorial Service at his home on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 3:00pm. The cremation arrangements are entrusted to the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Siloam Springs, AR. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.backstrom-pyeatte.com.

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I have so many wonderful memories of you growing up. You were one of my favorite uncles. You always put a smile on my face. You were generous in so many ways. Thank you for being a great brother to my mother Phyllis. I will miss you but I will never forget you! RIP Uncle Bill.

Heleena Castro Nov 4 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Bill" Underwood

Heleena and David Castro Nov 4 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Bill" Underwood

Loretta mcdaniel Oct 28 2017 12:00 AM

River Bill will always hold a special place in my heart. He always tried to act tough, but underneath he had a heart of gold. We would sit in the living room of his home and have long conversations about life and business, he offered some good advice . He loved my kids and enjoyed visiting with them as they grew up. Thanks for the laughs and memories River Bill , you will be missed greatly. RIP my friend!

Kimber West Oct 25 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Bill" Underwood

Stacy McDaniel Oct 25 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Bill" Underwood

Steve and Tammy Hefley Oct 25 2017 12:00 AM

Marty and I have a special place in our hearts for Bill and Hw 59 Canoe and Campground. So many great memories. Camping and floating with our girls and grandchildren. Visiting with Bill. Marty loves to catfish and we would set up camp at Bill's ,Marty would spend the night fishing, sometime during the next day Bill would be by to checkout the catch. Good Times!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Marty and Elizabeth Spears Oct 24 2017 12:00 AM