Carl William “Bill” Akre, 92, passed away Aug. 7, 2019, in Vancouver, Wash. He was born June 5, 1927, in San Diego, Calif., to Carl O. and Elsie E. Akre.
Bill graduated from the University of Montana in 1951, with a bachelor of science degree in forestry. He and his wife, Ginny, along with daughter, Cathy, moved to Kalispell, Mont., where he worked in the logging industry. In 1962, Bill and his now family of five, with the additions of Sara and Buck, moved to Battle Ground, Wash., where he went to work for International Paper as road construction foreman. In 1972, he was promoted to logging superintendent and in 1978, he was promoted to logging manager, the position he held when he retired Feb. 1, 1993.
Bill is survived by his sister, Lorrayne Jelle of Bagley, Minn.; daughter, Cathy (Dan) Johnson; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia “Ginny” Akre, Oct. 20, 1997; son, William “Buck” Akre, March 7, 2013; daughter, Sara Beth Akre Jan. 11, 2018; and Elaine M. Akre, Feb. 7, 2019, his beloved wife of 20 years.
At Bill’s request, the family will host an open house from 1:30 p.m., to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at the home of Dan and Cathy Johnson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Home Health & Hospice, 3102 NE 134th St., Vancouver, WA 98686, www.chhh.org.