William Hoskinson

Thursday, July 25, 2019
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Bill was born February 2nd, 1933 in Cascade County, Montana to Helene and Scott Hoskinson whom he loved very much. He was the second of three children. His elder sister was Sylvia and his younger brother is Tom. Bill attended and graduated from Big Timber High School in 1951, where his father taught. After high school, he attended Montana State University in Bozeman where he earned a degree in agricultural engineering. He subsequently attended medical school in Portland, Oregon and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology in Panama.

While he was in high school, he met the love of his life, Gertrude Stene. He married Gertrude in 1954. They gave birth to five children between 1955 and 1971 - Scott, Mark, Brett, Lisa and Rose Hoskinson and they opened their home to other children who would live with them intermittently. They had seven grandchildren - Shaun, Serena, Melissa, William, Charles, Alexander and Ariel. They also had six great-grandchildren - Drystan, Kiryn, Isaac, Abby, Deven and Gabriel.

Together, they lived a life of grand adventures. While he was in college, Bill worked summers as a smoke jumper and came home with amazing tales to tell of solitary life, hiking for water and, one time, an elephant in the forest in Montana. During his residency, he did medical mission work in the jungles of Panama with his best friend Dr. Russ Stodd. He later went with a scientific expedition into the jungles of Yucatan where they identified new species of insects and snakes. He was fond of extreme sports, including snowmobiling, white water rafting, mountain climbing and scuba diving.

All the while, he cherished his family and worked as an OBGYN, delivering thousands of babies. His children remember hiking, diving, kayaking and water skiing with him often. As they grew up and moved away, Bill always made time to go visit them. His grandchildren remember seeing Bill every year, no matter how far the flight. When he retired, he returned to Big Timber, every year for half the year to be with his family there. He will always be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and adventurer and he will be greatly missed.

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