William "Bill" Andrew Jachim Jr. passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at home while in the loving care of his daughter, Megan, in Minneapolis.
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He was born in Stafford, Conn., on Jan. 2, 1954, to William Andrew Jachim Sr. and Florence Reed (both preceded him in death), sibling to Jean Jachim (Shaddock) and Jimmy Jachim (preceded in death).
While Bill was a carpenter by trade, he spent many of his years in other careers he loved deeply. For 15 years, he was in the U.S. Army, both with the Army Corp of Engineers and the reserves. His career in the military took him on many adventures, and he loved to tell stories about his time in Germany and Japan.
His last duty station was Fairbanks, where he fell in love with the area and lived until February 2012, when he moved to Minneapolis to live with his daughter, Megan. During his life in Alaska, Bill worked for the Alaska Railroad as a diesel mechanic, and he built many homes for himself and other private companies. He retired from both the Army and the ARR in 1992, after suffering the first of many heart attacks.
Bill married his first wife, Brenda Lee Aune (Mew) on June 8, 1978. During their 12 years of marriage, they had two children, Megan Berit Jachim (born March 7, 1981) and Jonathan William Jachim (born March 17, 1984).
On Dec. 1, 1990, Bill married his second wife, Judith "Judy" Ann Bohlander. They remained married until her passing on Jan. 16, 2012. With his marriage to Judy, he gained step-children, Suzann Casey and Scott Casey; and step-grandchildren, Hailey and Amanda.
Jonathan married Elizabeth Ransom on April 1, 2004, adding to Bill's family.
Bill was many things in his life: a husband, father, friend, hard worker and dedicated Alaskan. He was known for seeking the pleasures out of life, and always had a great story to tell to make you laugh. Just a few things that gave Bill great pleasure were spending time with family, fishing in his boat, and traveling in his RV.
Bill was known most for his generosity. He would give you the shirt off of his back or the food from his fridge if you needed it. One of his favorite things to say was "Be careful. If you can't be careful, be safe. If you can't be safe, name it after me!"
He lived his life with no regrets and lived fully. He was always willing to sit down and have a shot or two of Crown Royal and be a friend, no matter how busy he was. He was loved and will be missed greatly.
Bill will be laid to rest with his late wife, Judy, in S.D., this summer (date to be determined).
Please join his friends and family for a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Elks Club Banquet Room in Fairbanks, to honor Bill's life.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 3, 2013