Former Douglas resident William "Bill" Henry Devon died July 1, 2008, in Trapper Creek. He was 80.
Born July 31, 1927, in Fairbanks, he was raised in Douglas and graduated from Douglas High School in 1945. He joined the U.S. Navy directly out of high school and served his country at the end of World War II.
He loved to travel and spent his later years traveling the world with his wife. They enjoyed meeting new people wherever they went, and Devon was never one to miss a chance to talk to a stranger, his family said. Although they spent the last few winters in their home in Arizona, his heart was and will forever remain true to his birthplace of Alaska, family said.
An avid hunter, pilot and outdoorsman, he was more at home in the woods than in the city, family said. He passed that passion and knowledge on to his children, grandchildren and many friends. His ashes will be spread over the hunting grounds he loved so well.
His family said he placed family above all else and was admired by, and served as an inspiration to, all of his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Zona Devon; brother, James Devon; children, Kurt Devon, Janeece and Charles Higgins, Ronald and Jeanne Devon, and Samuel and Corinne Devon; and 14 grandchildren, Joseph and Chelsea Higgins, Kurtis Devon, Byron Devon, Benjamin Higgins, Brady Devon, Rory Devon, Kelly Devon, Ashley Devon, Shelby Devon, Chelsy Devon, Alexandra Devon, Mariah-Jade Devon, and Lucas Devon, all of Alaska.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Trapper Creek Elementary.
His family may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.