William Hill Huntington

William "Bill" Hill Huntington, 74, of Great Falls, died of natural causes Friday, March 8 at Peace Hospice.

Cremation will take place under the direction of Croxford Funeral Home. A celebration of his life is June 22.

Bill was born Aug. 10, 1938, in Sandwich, Ill., to Stanley and Dorothy (Hill) Huntington. His early years were spent in Naperville, Ill. His career as a design engineer allowed him to work at Boeing. Through Boeing, he worked with NASA on the Saturn launch. He also helped design the 747 and was on the first test flight of that plane. After retiring from Boeing, he worked at the Hanford Nuclear Site. His family remembers fondly his love of the outdoors; sailing Puget Sound and hiking and skiing in the Mount Rainier area of beautiful Washington state.

He was a current member of the Muddy Frogs Square dancing club for more than 30 years and a past member of the Elks Club of Renton, Wash.

Bill is survived by his partner, Marriane Huber; daughters Renee (Carl) Blair, Annette (Pat) Huntington and Lisa Vlad; sons Robert (Lori) Huntington and Daniel (Shauna) Dana; brothers Fredrick Huntington and Douglas (Nancy) Huntington; 18 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a grandson, André Walker.

Condolences may be posted online at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Mar. 13, 2013