Ignatius L. Billy, 62, a labor relations and management specialist who retired in 1976 as personnel director for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, died Sept. 15 at a Veterans Administration hospital in Seattle after a stroke.
Mr. Billy, a former Arlington resident, had lived in Sante Fe, N.M., for the last two years. He was stricken while on vacation.
He began his federal career in 1941 with the Veterans Administration in Oakland, Calif., and later worked in personnel management for the VA in North and South Dakota.
He transferred to VA headquarters here in 1958, where he worked as a personnel specialist.
In 1963, he joined the Department of the Interior and became personnel director of its Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1974.
Mr. Billy received a number of distinguished service and merit awards from both Interior and the Veterans Administration.
He was born in Hopland, Calif., and earned a bachelor's degree in personnel administration from the University of California at Berkeley.
He was a captain in the Army Medical Administrative Corps in the Pacific theater during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Maude Alexander Billy of the home; two sons, Glenn A., of Sausalito, Calif., and David Alexander, of DeKalb, Ill.; two daughters, Susan, of Hopland, and Madeline Thoeni of Meiringen, Switzerland; two sisters, Katherine Wepez and Mabel Zivas, and a brother, Matthews, all of San Francisco, and five grandchildren.