William J Ahlgren

Watseka, Iroquois County, Illinois, USA
Death 25 Mar 2015 (aged 92)
Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona, USA
Burial Wolfeboro, Carroll County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 163779499 View Source
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William J. Ahlgren - 92
12/12/1922 - 3/25/2015
Watseka, Illinois

William J. “Bill” Ahlgren, 92, passed away at his winter home in Yuma, Arizona, on March 20, 2015. Bill Ahlgren was born in Watseka, Illinois, in 1922 and graduated from Watseka High School in 1940. He played football, basketball and was a pole vaulter. He served with the United States Army Air Corp until the end of World War II. He returned to Watseka and in 1946 married Reta D. Ralph. Bill apprenticed and became a tool and die maker at the Western Condenser factory in Watseka, where he worked until it closed in 1969. He then worked for the General Electric Company in Normal, Illinois, advancing to become an automations designer. He retired from GE in 1984 but continued to work for Airtex in Fairfield, Illinois, until 1987. After retirement, Bill and Reta returned to Watseka, but have spent the past twenty-five winters in Yuma, Arizona. Mr. Ahlgren was an avid airplane modeler. He helped found the Flying Falcon’s Model Airplane club during the era of U-line flight and later transitioned to radio-controlled planes. Bill’s second love was fishing. He spent many weekends and most summer vacations with his family camping and fishing. As empty nesters, Bill and Reta toured the US on their motorcycle. In retirement, he built and competed in Soling One-Meter boat races. Bill also enjoyed playing pool with friends and family which he did until his last days. Mr. Ahlgren is survived by his wife of 67 years, Reta, as well as his three children, Melina Campbell, Laurie Latchaw, and Christopher Ahlgren; and four grandchildren, John Latchaw, Chris Ahlgren Jr., William R. Ahlgren, and Mari Campbell. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 1:30pm-3:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, Illinois. Funeral Services will take place at 3:00pm on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, Illinois. Burial will be in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, at the Lakeview Cemetery in the late spring.


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