William J. Hetzler
Mar 21, 2017
Born in Columbia, Missouri to Ruth Walter and William J. Hetzler, Jr. and passed away at the ae of 92 on March 21, 2017 at Josie Harper Hospice House. Raised in Washington, D.C. by his mother, his Uncle Steve Walter and Aunt Martha Walter, Bill was a voracious reader, learner and industrious worker, earning enough with his paper route and other jobs to pay his own way and to augment the family income.
Following graduation in 1942, Bill enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was deployed to the South Pacific. He participated in the battle for the Japanese held island of Peleliu. In 1945, he met the love of his life, a beautiful WAVE from Portland, Oregon, Marilynn Adair. They married in 1946 and enjoyed 68 years of marriage until her death in 2013.
Bill obtained a BA in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He began his career at Mutual of Omaha in Washington, D.C. He traveled a lot, met many friends, spent many vacations on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and eventually moved to Omaha in 1966, where he rose to the position of President of United of Omaha. He retired in 1990. Special to them was time spent in the U.S. Virgin Islands on their sloop, the “Kitty Hawk.”
He is survived by four daughters: Stephanie Prebula of Houston, Texas, Karlyn Hetzler of Bend, Oregon, Robin Bro of Omaha, Nebraska, and Lesley March of Boise, Idaho; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Thursday, March 23rd, from 5pm to 7:30pm at the Bel Air Chapel. MEMORIAL SERVICE Friday, March 24th at 11am at All Saints Episcopal Church, 9302 Blondo. Interment, Forest Lawn Memorial Park with military honors by Benson VFW Post 2503.
In lieu of flowers, Bill asked that contributions be made to a charity of one’s choice.