William E. Claus
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Little River, SC - 8/10/1931 - 7/14/2014
"Fair winds and following sea" is the Navy saying for those of us who have departed. Bill was born in Manhattan, NY. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Helen and Edward who emigrated from Finland and Germany, became naturalized citizens and married in NYC in 1927. Bill graduated from George Washington HS in 1949. When he was 17 he was offered a tryout for the NY Yankees and the NY Giants. It was a thrill to play in a major league baseball diamond and visit the memorial for Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth in the outfield of Yankee Stadium. After working in banking and insurance in Manhattan, he joined the US Navy in 1951. His training was in aviation electronics and he was assigned to a fighter squadron based in Oceana, VA attached to the USS Midway aircraft carrier during the Korean War. After many cruises in the Atlantic, North Atlantic above the Arctic Circle where he was inducted into the Navy's "Royal Order of the Blue Nose" and the Mediterranean Sea, he was honorable discharged in 1955. Bill was active in sports: water skiing, scuba diving, bowling and softball where he won several individual and team IBM Club championship awards. IBM Corporation hired him in the Poughkeepsie, NY plant where his assignments included Systems Test, New Products, Production Control, Instrument Systems and other World Trade assignments, FSD and Systems Test in Endicott, NY, Transfer Manager of the 1410 System from Endicott to Poughkeepsie; HQ New Products, Production Control and Commodity Planning. One of his last assignments in World Trade was as Project Office Manager in Valencia, Spain. While on this assignment, Bill and his wife, Dolores traveled in Spain, France, England, Norway and the Canary Islands. They retired to the Myrtle Beach area in 1986 where they continued to travel to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. They camped throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. He was a member of Belin Memorial UMC, VFW Post #10420 and the American Legion Post #0178.
He is survived by his wife and best friend, Dolores of 30+ years; his daughter, Denise Tremper, her husband Mike and their children: Matthew, Ryan and Kaitlyn of Rhinebeck, NY; three sons: William Bell and his children: Amy and Edward, Glenn Bell and his daughter Alisha and James Bell. Bill always said that he had a great life and tried to do the best he could. To all his family and friends he advised enjoying every day and living it to the fullest.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family and any contributions may be made to
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from July 19 to July 21, 2014