Former Anchorage resident Bill Kinder, 79, died Nov. 12, 2008, in Vancouver, Wash.
Burial with full military honors was Nov. 17 at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore.

He was born Dec. 8, 1928, in Charleston, W.Va. Bill joined the Navy at the end of World War II. Later, he enlisted as a communications specialist in the Air Force, where he met and married Evelyn J. Bordmann. Bill and Evelyn's honeymoon together lasted 55-plus years. Bill achieved the rank of master sergeant and retired after 23 years of honorable service. He retired a second time after 20 years of service with Alascom as an engineer.

Bill and his family moved to Anchorage in 1967, moved to Chugiak in 1972 and transferred to Vancouver, Wash., in 1982

Bill was known for his Christian beliefs and a passion for family, travel, race walking (completing 20 marathons), tai chi, square and round dancing, service as a Master Mason and proud member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his spouse, Evelyn J. Kinder of Vancouver; sister, Marilyn Scheck of Traverse City, Mich.; daughters, Judy Morrow of Nashville, Tenn., and Deborah Broers of Vancouver; sons, William Kinder of Anchorage, Joseph Kinder of Washington, D.C., and Gordon Kinder of Anchorage; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.