William (Bill) S. Kamenar, 84, of Palm Desert, Calif., succumbed to cancer at his home on August 24, 2013, surrounded by his immediate family. A memorial luncheon in celebration of his life was held on Sunday, August 25, 2013. There will be no public funeral service as Bill chose to donate his body to the Research for Life organization to aid advances in medicine and cures for disease through anatomical donation. His ashes will be spread in the Pacific Ocean. Bill was born on March 24, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio to Stephen and Margaret Kamenar. His early youth was spent in Ohio. He had one brother, Robert Kamenar, who was killed in action in the Pacific during World War II. The family relocated to Hawthorne, Calif., where he attended UCLA, majoring in Interior Design. On July 16, 1955, he married Mimi A. Borroel and they moved to West Los Angeles where he began a successful interior design business, "Mister-K Interiors", servicing both residential and commercial clients for over 30 plus years. In 1978, the family relocated to Rancho Mirage, Calif., where he continued his career in design working with both homeowners and on residential country club projects. A charter member of NSID, the National Society of Interior Designers, Bill was also instrumental in forming the Desert Chapter of NSID. He was a past member of the Rancho Mirage Rotary Club, and responsible for the formation of their sister-city program. A dedicated father, Bill considered his only daughter, Michele, to be his finest creation. He is remembered for his love of music, laughter and connecting with people of all ages, from all walks of life. Bill had a deep appreciation for domesticity, spending countless hours on beautification projects on both his desert home and family cabin in Pine Cove, Calif.—a cabin he built with his own hands—and he always appreciated a hearty meal and a good scotch and soda. Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mimi, his daughter Michele, his son-in-law, Dean Haehnel, step-granddaughters Melissa and Morgan Haehnel and brother and sister-in-law, Chuck and Beulah Borroel in addition to several nephews and nieces. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Family Hospice Care in Palm Springs, Calif. for their loving care and support.
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Published in The Desert Sun on Aug. 28, 2013