Bill Michel

  • "Wild Bill: From one old time pilot to a superman among all..."
    - Charlie Wilkins
  • "Another year is coming to an end I am wishing many..."
    - Barbie Foster-Michel
  • "Barbie, you know how much we loved Wild Bill, and how we..."
    - Carolyn Lyman
  • "I am LOST without you! See you in heaven someday! love you..."
    - Barbie Foster-Michel
  • " "Wild Bill" You will always be the love of my..."
    - Barbie Foster-Michel

"Wild Bill" Michel died Aug. 1, 2010, at the age of 61, in an airplane crash at Denali Park.

There will be a celebration of his life at 4 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Delta Junction.

He born May 24, 1949, and raised in upstate New York before coming to Alaska in the early '70s at the age of 24.

Wild Bill started doing dirt work, building roads in the Sterling area, but his passion was flying. He piloted his first plane at the age of 15. He flew thousands of hours throughout Alaska, delivering supplies and building airfields in the most remote areas of the state.

He was a man who would do anything for anyone and proved it many times. Wild Bill lived and died doing what he loved best.

He is survived by his wife, Barbie of Delta Junction; stepson, Jamie Foster of Arkansas; stepdaughter, Jodie Ward of Tennessee; stepson, Jesse "Moe" Sheldon of Wasilla; sisters, Rita Marie Dreimiller of New York, Pat Powers of New York and Chris Hachten of New York; brothers, Ed Michel of Florida and Dan Michel of Sterling; seven stepgrandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He will be missed by all.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5, 2010
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