Bill Harticon

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

William "Bill" F. Harticon, 81, of Mountain Home, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, at Summers Funeral Homes, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Bill was born April 29, 1922, in Westport, Mass., the son of William F. and Maude (Gallagher) Harticon.

After completing high school Bill entered the Army Air Corps on Jan. 1, 1942, where he held the position of flight engineer, which enabled him to travel all over the world. He served his country honorably during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Bill retired on June 1, 1972, as a master sergeant. After retiring from the military he became an aircraft mechanic at McCellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, Calif., retiring in 1987.

In 1949 Bill married Evelyn Sylva. Three children were born from that union. Evelyn died in 1980.

On Oct. 1, 1982, Bill married Loretta Ertl. Two daughters, a son-in-law and granddaughter were "taken into his heart" along with his new wife.

In 1988, Bill and Loretta decided to move to Mountain Home, where they both loved the small-town feel and friendliness. Bill joined the American Legion and Loretta the Auxiliary.

Besides being a "Rock Hound," Bill loved being with family, especially when camping and fishing was involved. His passion for watching sports on TV was legendary to all who knew him.

Bill is survived by: his wife, Loretta Harticon of Mountain Home; son William Harticon of Sacramento, Calif.; daughters Suzette Freeman and her husband, Jim, of Carmichael, Calif., Robin Morton and her husband, Brent, of Mountain Home, and Carrie Pronesti and her husband, George, of Auburn, Calif.; a sister, Grace Davis and her children in Rhode Island; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Evelyn, daughter Sharon, daughter-in-law Larajean Harticon, and his parents.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Horizon Hospice, 900 North Linder, Meridian, ID 83642.