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Former Juneau resident William "Bill" Cheeseman died Jan. 20, 2007, in Lubbock, Texas. He was 73.
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He was born Dec. 14, 1933, in Hillsdale, Calif. Throughout his lifetime, he worked as a heavy equipment operator/mechanic, gold miner and cattle rancher. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force after serving in the Korean War.
He married Dorece Randolph on Jan. 19, 1980, and they divided their time between homes in Alaska and Texas.
He loved fishing, hunting and being a member of the Alaska Shriners, Fraternal Order of Masons, Scottish Rite and American Legion. He often spent his evenings reading his Bible and spending time with his friends and family.
According to family, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Louise Cheeseman; daughters, Echo Cheeseman and Jeannie Lowery; and grandson, Christopher Cheeseman.
He is survived by his wife; brother, Floyd Sorenson; sister, Eileen Colzard; sons, William "Bill" B. Cheeseman and Randy Wright; daughters, Blythe "Bunny" Guisti, Carolyn Mead, Doris Martin, Bonnie Lameyer and JoAnne Chapman; 12 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren; and Juneau family: grandson, Gene Cheeseman and his sons, Garrett and Cole David; granddaughter, Stacey (Cheeseman) Bjerkeset and her children, Brianna, Kyle and Ethan; and grandson, William "Billy" Cheeseman and his son, Jacob.
A military graveside service was held on Jan. 25 at the "Oasis" private family cemetery in Lubbock. Condolences may be sent to Dorece Cheeseman, 4511 FM 1729 Unit 2, Lubbock, TX, 79415.