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Bill died March 17, 2012. He graduated from the University of Idaho and lived in the Denver area from 1960 until his death. Bill worked for Weyerhaeuser 1952-60, Boise Cascade 1960-65, Potlatch Corp. 1967-83, and owned and operated Colorado Forest Industries from 1983-2000. Bill served in WWII and Vietnam, and was a member of the Colorado Air National Guard. He retired from the military in 1985 as a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force. After his rookied year in Missoula, Bill jumped at Idaho City for the 1947-48 seasons.
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Cherry, Parley E. "Bill" (Missoula 1947)" (2012). Smokejumper Obituaries. 853.