Anchorage resident, William Hammond Waugh, III, 70, passed away May 17, 2013 at Prestige Care Center of Anchorage.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013 at the Prestige Care Center.
William was born September 11, 1942 in Portland, Oregon to Colonel William Hammond and Dorothy Driscoll Waugh. He graduated from Nurnberg America High School in Furth, Germany in 1961. Bill honorably served as a Captain with the Ninth Infantry Division, Mobile Riverine Force in Vietnam from 1966-1969. William married Lois Marie Beeman on September 14, 1968. The couple resided in Fort Worth, Texas from 1969-1974 where Bill graduated from Texas Christian University with his Bachelor of Arts degree, and continuing his education at the University of Texas earning his Masters of Political Science. He began his career with the US Customs in El Paso, Texas in 1976. In 1979, he transferred to Anchorage, Alaska where his grandfather, William Hammond Waugh, served as President of the Alaska Railroad Commission, Territory of Alaska, US Army Corps of Engineers from 1917-1920. Bill retired in 1989 spending his remaining years at Prestige Care (Mary Conrad Center) and was the longest residing member of their community organizing the annual lobster dinner.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, canoeing, and collecting movies.
His family wrote: "Bill loved Alaska. It was his lifelong dream to live where his dad, Colonel William H. Waugh, Jr. fought in the Aleutians, and his Grandfather was the President of the Alaska Railroad Commission. Bill always had a great sense humor even as his health continued to decline. Bill dearly loved his family, life and adventure."
Bill is survived by his daughter, Shelly Waugh (Scott Liebler) Williams, OR; sons, Michael Waugh (Romina Mazzoni) and Stephen Waugh (Michelle MacLachlan Waugh), both of New York City, NY; grandson, Augustus Liebler, Williams, OR; sister, Susan Waugh Schmidt, San Antonio, TX; brother, Mike Waugh (Chris Ortaz Waugh), Sun City, FL.; and his wife, Lois Beeman Waugh, Puyallup, WA.
Memorial donations can be made in Bill's memory to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 511 W 41st Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99503.
Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Alaska, www.alaskacremation.com.
Cremation Society of Alaska
7216 Lake Otis Parkway Anchorage, AK 99507
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from May 21 to May 22, 2013