Bill McCracken, loved and cherished, husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully with his family present on October 29, 2010.
Bill was born on March 11, 1928, to William and Teresa McCracken and was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
After graduating from La Salle University, he enlisted in the Navy in 1950. He graduated from Pensacola flight school as a second lieutenant and joined his Marine fighter squadron based in Atsugi , Japan, from where he flew missions during the Korean War. Later, he delivered AU Corsair fighters to Tourane Air Base (later Danang) in French Indochina. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, having attained the rank of Major.
His civilian career covered 35 years in the aerospace industry and he retired from Northrop Grumman in 1995. Upon retirement, he and his wife, Micheline, relocated from their home of 25 years in La Canada - Flintridge to Bear Valley Springs, California.