William 'Bill' F. Meehan Jr.

Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Former Juneau resident William "Bill" F. Meehan Jr. died July 26, 2002, at home in Arlington, Wash.

He was born June 27, 1920, in Omaha, Neb., and graduated from the Crystal Faye Pratt School of Individualized Instruction in 1936. He attended the University of Nebraska.

He served during World War II as a 2nd lieutenant pilot in the Army Air Corps. He served in the Pacific with the 159th Liaison Squadron Commando. In 1958 he went to Alaska as the district supervisor for the newly opened branch of the Interstate Commerce Commission. Under Gov. Bill Egan, he was director of commerce and he wrote the transportation code for the new state of Alaska.

Later, as a general manager for KAPS Transport, he was responsible for the transportation of the large pipe used to construct the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. He also owned Alaska Rapid Transport from 1978 to 1987. He retired from the Interstate Commerce Commission, closing the Seattle office in 1996.

His family wrote, "Bill was known for his integrity, wit, and generosity. He wrote many poems and stories that told of his love for his family, friends and nature. He cooked all the meals for his family and taught his children and grandchildren his favorite recipes."

He is survived by his wife Sally; son Roger of Haiku, Hawaii; daughters and sons-in-law, Dallas and Paul Price of Anchorage, and Meagan and Michael McGrath of Camano Island, Wash.; grandchildren Erin, Kealey, Emily, Reagan, Keenan and Caleb; sister Judy Gammel of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and brother Gerald Meehan of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held Aug. 1, 2002, outdoors at his home in Arlington, Wash. Remembrances may be made to the Hospice of Snohomish County, 2731 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 500, Everett, WA 98201.

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