Herdis W. 'Bill' Allison


Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Longtime Nikiski resident Herdis W. "Bill" Allison died Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, of natural causes at his home in Nikiski. He was 61.

Per his request, no services will be held. His ashes will be scattered at Island Lake at a later date.

Mr. Allison was born Sept. 5, 1942, in Buffalo, N.Y., where he was raised and graduated from high school. He furthered his education by attending two years of college at the Erie County Technical Institute in Buffalo. He was raised Lutheran and was active with the church when he was younger. He entered the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged.

He first moved to Anchorage in 1968, then to Kenai in 1969, where he worked for Colliers, now known as Agrium. He moved to Nikiski in 1972. In 1983, he began working for Arco and British Petroleum.

Mr. Allison enjoyed fishing and electronics.

"Bill was a devoted husband, a true friend to many and a compassionate and generous man. He loved his family, his home and friends. Fishing was a highlight in his life. He was a very hard worker," his family said.

Mr. Allison was preceded in death by his father, Herdis W. Allison.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Ruth D. Allison of Nikiski; stepsons, Gary Bonin of Girdwood and Jeff Bonin of Anchorage; stepdaughter, Martha Colvin of Portland, Ore.; grandsons, Geoff A. Bonin of Soldotna, Jason Colvin of Portland, Joshua and Micah Bonin, both of Anchorage, and Dan Bonin of Girdwood; granddaughters, Michelle C. Craig of Vancouver, Wash., Aimee Colvin of Las Vegas, Heather Bonin of Crocket, Calif., Danielle Price of Wasilla and Bethany Bonin of Anchorage.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Allison's memory to Alaska's Extended Life Animal Sanctuary, P.O. Box 8051, Nikiski, AK 99635.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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