Anchorage resident William "Bill" Clayton Bouwens Sr. died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, at Providence Extended Care in Anchorage after a battle with cancer. He was 80.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 18, in Anchorage at Saint Innocent Cathedral, 401 Turpin St. A second service and burial will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at the Russian Orthodox Church in Ninilchik. A reception will be held at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center following the service. Pallbearers will be William Jr., Michael, Daniel, Raymond, Ryan, Chad and Troy Bouwens, Kenneth Walls, Justin Kyle, Thomas Culhane and Arnold Oskolkoff.
Mr. Bouwens was born March 27, 1924, in Eagle River, Wis., to Lulubelle Mary (Sorenson) and William John Bouwens. He spent his early years in Rhinelander, Wis., and moved to the Matanuska Valley in May of 1935 with his family, one of the original Colony families.
In addition to an active family life, Mr. Bouwens, a World War II veteran, was active in the Elks, Moose, AMVETS, VFW, Boy Scouts of America and American Legion. His American Legion activities at Jack Henry Post No. 1 included terms as post and department commander. He was active as "Sub Deacon" at Saint Innocent Russian Orthodox Cathedral.
"Bill's family will always remember the memorable times at the family homestead in Ninilchik, where he commercial fished until 1959. As a loving husband, father and brother, Bill's love of children will be high in the memories of all who knew him. Bill enjoyed an active 22-year retired life, after working as a Teamster with Inlet Construction Co., Weaver Brothers and Mammoth of Alaska," his family said.
Mr. Bouwens is survived by Alice, his wife of 57 years; brothers, James, Wayne and Ronald Bouwens; children, Camille, William Jr., Michael, Daniel and Raymond; son-in-law, Kenneth Walls; daughters-in-law, Pat and Cindy; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Russian Orthodox Church in Ninilchik, C/O Very Rev. Macarius Targonsky, P.O. Box 3427, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Evergreen Memorial in Anchorage.
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