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William Carl Bumgarner - 1927-2014


William Carl Bumgarner, 87, Wasilla, passed away on March 10, 2014 at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. William was born on March 10, 1927 in Litchfield, Ill. Bumgarner became a resident of Alaska in 1948 living in Seward, Anchorage, and currently in Wasilla.

Bumgarner was a skilled sheet metal worker and Charter Member of Local 23. He was an owner and/or partner in Glacier Mechanical of Anchorage, Bay City Motors of Seward, retiring in 1992 as owner of Noble Mechanical Inc. of Anchorage. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Bumgarner also served his country in the U.S. Army.

Bumgarner enjoyed boating, snow machining and building off road hunting vehicles, and owned Uniflite the Polaris in Seward.

He was dearly loved by his family and friends. He was a patient man and a problem solver and was known to crack many jokes for family and friends. Bumgarner was a composed individual and when he said something it was usually his final word on the subject. He was very self-sufficient and self-motivated, he rarely would ask for help.

Bumgarner dearly missed his sweet wife Georgina of 62 years, who preceded him in death.

As promised William and Georgina's ashes will be scattered together over Mount Susitna.

Survivors include sister-in-law, Ruth (John) Swank of Layton, Utah; two brothers-in-law, Bob (Jane) Sullivan of Rocklin, Calif. and Lyle (Kay) Sullivan of Calistoga, Calif.; two sons Warren (Cyndi) Bumgarner of Big Lake and John (Laurie) Bumgarner of Anchorage; four granddaughters, Danielle Barrett of Big Lake, Melissa-Keith Williams, Tracy Thompson and Wendy Hoverfield all of Anchorage; nine great grandchildren, Jamus and Emmett of Wasilla, Lilyana and Keeran Noble, Kaylyn Barlow, Christopher and Kara Thompson, Kandus Lee, Joshuwa Lamb all of Anchorage.

He was preceded in death by; his parents, Noble and Alice Bumgarner, two brothers, James and Jack Bumgarner, and two sisters, Iris Bumgarner and Helen Fay.

Valley Funeral Home cared for arrangements.


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