Former Juneau resident William Henry Elkinton Jr. died peacefully March 31, 2010 at his home in Maryville, Tenn. He was 78.
He was born Oct. 21, 1931 in Osawatomie, the second of five children born to William Henry Elkinton and Bessie Mae Spellman Elkinton. He attended Colorado Springs Bible College where he met Margaret Alma Tremaine. They were married April 8, 1955, and had five children.
He received a bachelor's degree from Friends University in Wichita and a master's degree from the University of Alaska in Anchorage. A lifelong learner, his major areas of study included theology, philosophy, history, education and administration. He was a prolific reader and enjoyed challenging others to learn new things. During his more than 30 years in education, he taught in public and private schools in California, Kansas, North Carolina and Alaska. Above all, his desire was to point others to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Elaine Page; brother, Edd Elkinton; son, William H. "Hank" Elkinton III; and daughter, Camilla Joy Elkinton.
He is survived by his daughters, Jan Cummings of Juneau, Kay Austin of Greenback, Tenn. and Pamela Verebasaga of Juneau; 11 grandchildren; and sister Jean Brown of Sterling.
Memorials may be made to the Elkinton Scholarship Fund at Hobe Sound Bible College, P.O. Box 1065, Hobe Sound, FL 33475.
A joint service to commemorate the lives of William and Margaret will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Juneau Church of the Nazarene.