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WILLIAM HARKINS


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WILLIAM HARKINS Obituary
WILLIAM JOSEPH BILL HARKINS 1931 - 2019 William Joseph "Bill" Harkins died on 1/1/2019 after an extended illness. Bill is survived by his children Tim Harkins and his wife Claire, Anne Leidinger, Dan Harkins and his wife Marina, his grandchildren, Conor Harkins, Robin Harkins, Sarah Leidinger and Tristan Leidinger. Born 1/21/1931 in Clifton Heights, PA, Bill was the 3rd son of Bernard and Kathrine Harkins. Bill joined the Air Force during the Korean war and became a navigation specialist. After the war, Bill married his sweetheart Luone Cloutier in 1955 in St Paul, Minnesota. Taking advantage of the GI Education bill, Bill achieved a degree in Aerospace Engineering at North Dakota State University. In 1969, Bill accepted a job with Lockheed, where he would work until his retirement. A skilled engineer, Bill worked on the L1011 passenger jet as well as several top secret projects with the "Skunk Works": including the U2, the SR-71, and the Stealth Bomber. After his retirement, Bill and Lu moved to Trinidad from Canyon Country, CA in 1992 to fulfill their dream of living near the ocean. He will be sorely missed by his family. Bill was preceded in death by his wife Lu Harkins, and his brothers Ed, Paul and Jack. A celebration of life will take place at 11:30AM on Sunday January 20th at the Trinidad Town Hall, Trinidad CA. All are welcome.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Jan. 15 to Jan. 18, 2019
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