William Harry "Bill" Neher (1928 - 2017)

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Bill was born on April 24, 1928, in Spokane, Wash., to Casper and Bina Neher. He moved to Seattle, Wash., when he was five years old.
Bill graduated from O'Dea High School and attended the University of Southern California and Western Washington at Bellingham, where he recieved his bachelor's degree in physical education. He moved to Petersburg, Alaska, in 1955 and taught at Petersburg High School. He married Mildred Attungana, then returned to Seattle. He then went on to receive his master's degree in science and administration from the University of Oregon in 1959.
In 1960, he returned to Alaska with five children, and became involved in the Anchorage School District. While with ASD, he coached football and taught history at several different schools. In the summers, he had a fishing site at Clam Gulch, on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula.
He retired in 1984, and was divorced in 1985. Bill married Freida in 1987. They spent the first 10 years of their marriage traveling in their R.V. each winter.
Bill owned AK Car & Van Rental for eight years and then retired again.
He leaves his wife, Freida; two sisters, Mary Ann Fennell and Rose Miller of Tacoma, Wash.; four children, Pat Neher, Ben Neher, Jeanne Porter and Bonnie Morad; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at Turnagain United Methodist Church, in Anchorage, this Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at 2 p.m. Refreshments and reception to follow.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 25, 2017