Our loving husband and father, William E. Demeris of Anchorage, passed away at his home Saturday, June 8th, 2013 at the age of 80.
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Bill/Will was born August 9th, 1932 in Flint, Michigan to William and Elenor Demeris, preceding him in death. Bill graduated from Flint High School before joining the Air Force in 1951. The Air Force brought Bill to Alaska where he fell in love with all it had to offer. He served at Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage as an aircraft mechanic until 1956. While stationed at Elmendorf he received his pilot's license and bought his first Super Cub. Bills love of flying and all things aircraft never left him. He loved salvaging and restoring airplanes for himself as well as helping many friends with theirs. In his spare time he enjoyed restoring automobiles for family and friends. He built two homes in Anchorage and a cabin on the Deshka River. His other interests were hunting, fishing and traveling around Alaska. He and Elizabeth loved their trips over the Alcan Highway to the lower 48 and R.V. camping with family. Bill continued to fly his R.C. airplanes and helicopters until his passing.
After leaving the Air Force, Bill received his A & P License and worked for Northern Consolidated Airlines. After retiring from Wien Airlines in the early eighties, he worked for Dyn Air, Peak Oil Field Services and Landis Airglas Inc.
Bills departure has left a void no one else can fill in the lives of his wife and their children. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Ross) and blended family of 12 children. Linda Von Bose (Jim), Peters Creek, Willy Demeris (Lorena) and Denise Demeris, Anchorage, Mike Crocker (Sue), Anchorage, Carol Hunt (Kevin), Flagstaff, Arizona, Curt Crocker (Anne), Anchorage, Jim Crocker (Sharon), Phoenix, Arizona, Kathy Maillet (Mike), Anchorage, Cheryl Senn (Walt), Eagle River, Rick Fortin (Lisa), Bend, Oregon, Angela Newby and Velvet Fortin, Anchorage. He leaves 28 grand children; 14 great grand children; his nephew David Shields, Anchorage and many more nieces and nephews. Bill also leaves two sisters, Kay Mueller (Heine-deceased) of Fruit Point Michigan and Marylyn Shields (Joe) of East Jordan, Michigan.
Bill's heart was always open to many other children who needed a surrogate father or grandfather; he was always ready to give a helping hand to anyone who needed it.
We invite all our loving family and friends to join in a celebration of Bill's life at 3601 E. Klatt Rd., Sunday, June 23rd, 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Arrangements by Cremation Society of Alaska,www.alaskacremation.com.
Published in adn.com from June 16 to June 17, 2013