William F. 'Bill' McAleenan

Oct 5, 2012 Staff

William F. "Bill" McAleenan, longtime Lander resident, died Friday, Aug. 31, in Cedar Park, Texas.

A memorial service will be planned in the future.

William Francis McAleenan was born Oct. 19, 1920, to Alma Marquard and William Henry McAleenan.

He grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Fenn College, and then joined the Army Air Corps in 1943. He served in London and Paris, where he met his wife, Betty Hoopengarner Griebel. They married May 22, 1946, in Paris and returned to Wyoming in 1947, where Mr. McAleenan worked for Indian Services at Fort Washakie.

The family moved to Casper where Mr. McAleenan worked for National Tank Company until 1960 when they moved to Lander.

Mr. McAleenan worked for the Lander Post Office as a letter carrier for many years. He retired from the post office, and in 1983 he and Betty moved to the family farm near Diversion Dam. They moved back to Lander for a few years in the late 1990s before returning to the farm where they raised Merinos.

He was active in the Pioneer Association and served as president. He also belonged to the Wind River Valley Artists Guild and served as its president. He was a recognized expert of history and arms and regularly attended gun shows in the region.

His family said he enjoyed weaving, creating stained glass windows for his children's homes and producing many pottery items they used in the kitchen.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter Mary; sons Ross and Roger; and his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Gertrude; and brother Phillip. Condolences may be sent to P. O. Box 26, Kinnear WY 82516.

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