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KELLERMAN, WILHELM May 10, 1915 to Dec. 20, 2012 Bill Kellerman was born in Astoria, OR to parents Frans Kellerman and Maria Sjokvist. Raised in Seattle, he joined the National Guard in his teens and later served in the Merchant Marines. He loved the sea and sailed the world aboard various ships. He served in the US Coast Guard during World War II. He was a master engineer and worked aboard many research and private vessels. In 1956 he participated in atomic testing in the Marshall Islands as a boat captain for the US Navy during "Operation Redwing. There he witnessed several atomic blasts. His descriptive account of these events wowed many and his stories live on. Bill owned and operated several fishing boats. In the 1950's he acquired the vessel Chinook Sportfisher. He then delved into commercial fishing with the vessels Paloma in 1958 followed by Hugo in 1965, Ruth K in 1978. Bill fished for salmon, albacore and swordfish throughout the eastern Pacific. One day he grew tired of the cold northwest and charted a southerly course to the warm waters off sunny San Diego. In 1961 he married Ruth Fassen and they settled in Ocean Beach. He finally retired in the 90's and volunteered at the SD Maritime Museum aboard the Berkeley. He provided information in one of his many areas of expertise - steam engines. Bill's lasting impact is felt far and wide. He is remembered for his tireless work ethic by family and friends. He is survived by wife Ruth, sons Bill Jr. and Wayne, and grandchildren Elizabeth and Garrett. He passed away in the Pt. Loma home he built, family at his side. Military Funeral Honors are scheduled for January 25, 2013 at noon, www.beardsleymitchell.com will be handling arrangements.

Published in U-T San Diego on Dec. 31, 2012
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