William M. Addison

Feb 24, 2012 Staff

Riverton native William M. Addison, 85, of Wheatland, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at the Platte County Memorial Hospital because of a stroke.

Cremation has taken place and, according to his request, no services will be held.

William Middleton Addison, was born Oct. 7, 1926, in Riverton to Catherine Spence Beaton and William Middleton Addison.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in March 1944, serving in the Marianas, Okinawa, Saipan, Tinian and Japan. His unit was one of the first to be in Japan after the atomic bomb was dropped.

After his discharge in July 1946, he returned to Riverton where he graduated from high school in May 1947. He attended the University of Wyoming on the G.I. Bill.

He married Arline Stoner on Dec. 21, 1952.

The couple lived in several small towns in Wyoming, Colorado and Montana.

Mr. Addison and partners formed Basins Inc. in 1958, where they mined uranium at Baggs.

Mr. and Mrs. Addison moved to Wheatland in 1964 to quarry, crush and market white marble. During this time he served on the Wheatland town council and was active in the Republican party. The company was sold in 1986. He went on to pursue his hobbies of old cars in Wheatland, collecting and raising tropical fruits, nuts and spices in Roatan, Honduras, and a marine fish farm in Puerto Rico. The latter has been scaled down and moved to Wheatland. He and his wife also traveled extensively. They maintained beachside homes in the tropics during the winter and spent the summers in Wheatland.

Mr. Addison is survived by his wife, Arline Addison of Wheatland; his son, Bill Addison and wife Ann of Lenoir City, Tenn.; daughter Katy Haggerty of Wheatland; grandsons Justin Addison of Aspen, Colo., Clinton Addison of Austin, Texas, Chris Nesius of Wheatland and Budd Nesius of Wheatland; granddaughters Sara Edick of Calcium, N.Y., Kody Palmer of Richville, N.Y., and Amy Palmer of Gouverneur, N.Y.; great-granddaughter Abigail Edick of Calcium; sister Kay McMillen of Riverton; niece Sandra McMillen of Lander.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two daughters, Susan Addison and Gail Palmer.

Gorman Funeral Homes-Platte Chapel of Wheatland is in charge of the arrangements.

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