Preston B. Kidwell, 88, died on November 19, 2012 at the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, WA of pancreatic cancer. Preston, the son of William Fredrick and Juanita Mary (McDowell) Kidwell, was born in Longview, WA on May 4, 1924. He joined the US Air Force in 1943, became a pilot and flew a B17 on many sorties over Europe during World War II. He retired from the military in 1966, but continued to fly airplanes into his seventies. Preston owned and operated several small businesses following his military career. Preston married Evelyn Lee on October 29, 1944. Their marriage was blessed with two children, William and Janet. Evelyn passed away in 1997. Preston married Audrey Sheldon Hartleben on August 24, 2002. They cherished being able to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary together this year. Preston is survived by his wife, Audrey; son, William (Carol) Kidwell; daughter, Janet (Jim) Preisner; grandchildren, Sheri (Douglas) Cafer and Thomas (Jeryn) Palenske; step-grandchildren, Jim Preisner, Jeff Preisner and Craig (Meredith) Preisner; step-great-grandchildren, James, Rachel, Kaetlynn, Christian, Katherine, Cameron and Preston. He was preceded in death by his parents. A mass celebrating Preston s life will be held at St. Joseph s Catholic Church in Vancouver, WA on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in his memory to Midland Hospice House of Topeka. Preston Kidwell
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Nov. 25, 2012