William S. Macfadden, 88, of Great Falls, passed away October 20, 2017 in Billings, Montana.
Bill had fought a four-year battle with Corticobasal Degeneration. The family is deeply grateful for the many friends who shared his journey.
Bill was born December 15, 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He and his three sisters, Jane (Purdy), Dorothy (Douglass), and Mary (Poehler) were raised by their parents, William S. Macfadden, Sr. and Dorothy Sharp Macfadden.
After a summer job at a logging camp in Montana, Bill made it his goal to spend the rest of his life in Montana.
He finished high school at West High in Minneapolis, where he was a member of the state hockey championship team.
He attended Dartmouth College and was on their hockey team. After graduating, he joined the marines and served during the Korean conflict.
Serving his country was very important to Bill. He was honorably discharged as a decorated 2nd Lieutenant, having flown 125 missions as a spotter. Bill received the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and extraordinary accomplishments.
Bill returned to Montana where he met and married Joan-Nell Bowron. Bill and Joan-Nell celebrated 58 years of marriage this year.
He was very proud of his daughters, Molly, Sarah, and Amy. His love for Montana meant that the family would spend a lot of time at the Showdown Ski area, Flathead Lake, and at the family cabin on the Smith River.
Bill and Joan-Nell’s annual float trip on the Smith River, as well as hunting trips with lifelong friends satisfied his dream of living in Montana. In addition, hockey continued for Bill, playing with the Great Falls Americans for three years.
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