Obituary: William K. Streenan
December 13, 2008
William K. Streenan of Vancouver, Washington died December 12. 2008, at the age of 90. He was born on May 15, 1918, in Kemmerer, Wyoming to Michael and Jennie Sneddon Streenan. He attended schools in Oakley and Kemmerer, Wyoming, and graduated from Colorado Springs High School in 1936. In 1939, he married Amy Rahm of Pinedale. They celebrated their sixty-ninth anniversary in May. He worked in Pinedale during the late 1930s and 1940s. In the 1950s, he and Amy moved first to Mountain Home, Idaho, and then to Idaho Falls, where he began employment with the Atomic Energy Commission (later the Department of Energy), ultimately retiring as an administrator for the Department of Energy's operations in the South Pacific. Along with his wife, he was an inveterate traveler, and together they visited Europe, Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and the South Pacific. He loved hunting, fishing, and, in his later years, golf. He was an avid reader and maintained a keen interest in current events and history up until the final weeks of his life. Bill thoroughly enjoyed life, especially "to talk story"—the Hawaiian way of saying way good conversation. Because of his interest in people, he was dearly loved by most of the people who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Amy, and his sister Dolores Symes. He is survived by his nephews Ken Symes of Bellingham, Washington, and Dal Symes of Albuquerque, New Mexico. At his request, he will be cremated and his ashes scattered on Mount Hood. There will be no memorial service.