William N. Brody


Posted: Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Longtime Ninilchik resident William N. Brody died Friday, July 4, 2003, at his home in Ninilchik. He was 89.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Carol Bock Hall in Ninilchik. Burial and military honors will follow immediately at the American Legion Cemetery. In honor of William Brody, a hog roast will be held at the Brody Homestead after the services.

Mr. Brody was born Sept. 23, 1913, in Arpen, Wis., to Louis Kenneth and Edith C. Brody. He was the oldest of nine children and the only son. His sisters include Amy Pauline Brody-Thompson, Elsie Belle Brody-Thorson, Daisy Orina Brody, Marie Eleanor Brody, Thelma Faye Brody and three half sisters, Rosemary Dodd, Grace Evelyn McLena-Grosgebauer and Gladys Ruth McLean-Parker.

He attended elementary school in Arpen, Wis., before moving to Pine River, Minn., where he left school after the 11th grade. Bill received his G.E.D. after moving to Alaska. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps on Aug. 26, 1943, and served in World War II in the South Pacific. He was wounded in Saipan and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged on April 7, 1946, as a corporal.

Mr. Brody married Doris Darlene Rieck on April 13, 1946, in Webster City, Iowa. They moved to Twisp, Wash., in 1947 before moving to Seward in March of 1951. They remained in Seward until September 1951, when they moved to Ninilchik where they homesteaded. They lived there until his death.

In 1983, Bill was included in the Alaska Bear Tales book by living through a brown bear attack in his back yard in 1955. He made his living by commercial fishing and farming on the homestead. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading and spending time with his family, friends and animals.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Doris Brody of Ninilchik, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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