William Vallee

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William Oscar Vallee, born June 18, 1934, in South Paris, Maine, passed away June 12, 2011.

He graduated from Springfield High School in Springfield, Vt., in 1952. He came to Alaska after graduating in the U.S. Air Force Intelligence School in Colorado in 1954 and as a member of the U.S. Air Force initially assigned to the Alaskan Command at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

Bill married Grace Putkuk on Oct. 6, 1956, and they have shared 55 wonderful years together.

After separating from the Air Force, he worked in the Petroleum Industry in Alaska for more than 39 years primarily as a Petroleum Exploration Landman. Bill and Grace were joint owners of a small mapping service specializing in providing Oil and Gas Lease Ownership data to the petroleum industry.

Bill served as president of the Alaska Association of Professional Landman, and president of the Petroleum Club of Anchorage. Bill was a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen since 1967. Bill was a watercolor painter and once won artist of the year.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Vallee; mother, Dorothy Cole; and sister, Diane Foley.

He is survived by brothers, David Vallee and George Vallee; children, Larry Vallee and wife Suzie, Randy Vallee and wife Lee Ann, Allen Vallee and Carol Vallee; grandchildren, Melissa Shein and husband Dimitri, Christopher Vallee, James Vallee and Heather Vallee; and great-grandchildren, Vincent Dimitrievich Shein, Braiden Vallee and Kallynn Abner.

Allen: "He did not tell us to be honest, he lived being honest."

Melissa: "He greatly enriched our family with his uplifting attitude, caring nature, and genuine love for us all. We will miss his warm smile, his encouraging words and caring embrace. We are comforted knowing that his kindness and generosity lives on through those whose lives he has touched."

An internment will take place on Friday, June 17, at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery at noon. A celebration of life will follow at the Petroleum Club, 3301 C St. #120. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer's of Alaska.

Arrangement have been entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes Bragaw Chapel.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from June 15 to June 16, 2011