William Bronson


William E. Bronson, of Union, formerly of Warrenton, passed away at his home with his family by his side on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. He was 91 years old. Memorial services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Astoria, at 350 Niagara Avenue, on Saturday, October 12th at 2:00 p.m.

Bill, affectionately known as “Bronski,” was born October 31, 1921, on Vashon Island, Washington, to Vernon and Olive (Curtis) Bronson. He resided in Warrenton, Oregon, before moving to Union, Oregon, in 1994. Bill attended Ocosta Washington grade school, Aberdeen High School and continued his education at the Oregon Police Academy.

Bill served our country in the Navy during World War II as a tail gunner in the South Pacific, where his plane was shot down. His parachute was shredded, so the captain crash-landed their plane.

After graduating from the Police Academy, Bill was employed as a police officer in Warrenton, Oregon, eventually becoming the police chief. He served 32 years until his retirement, receiving several appreciation awards during his time of being Chief of Police.

Bill married Marion in 1962, and they were later divorced. He then married Betty in 1963. He was a loving father, and he and Betty raised seven children.

Bill enjoyed hunting and excelled at track and field, for which he received many honors and track medals. His most prized medal is from the Nike World Games, where he won 3 Gold Medals competing against over 30 countries.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American Legion, VFW and the National Rifle Association.

Bill is survived by his wife, Betty of Union; 7 children; Robert Bronson of Washougal, Washington; Toni Kawalis and her husband John of Salem, Oregon; John McDonald of Parma, Idaho; Kevin McDonald and his wife Wynne of Twin Falls, Idaho; Kara McDonald and her husband Gary of Lebanon, Oregon; Erin Bronson and his wife Teresa Williams of Parma; Andrew Bronson of Chehalis, Washington; brother Jack Bronson and his wife Dorothy of Washington; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 20 nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Ruth Ably and Robert Bronson.