William Steiner, 77, passed away on Saturday April 1, 2017. William was born on Aug. 23, 1939, in Chester, Mont., to the late William and Roena Steiner. At a young age, he and his family moved to Klamath Falls, Ore., where he grew up and graduated from Klamath Union High School in 1957. William continued his education at the University of Oregon and then Liberty Bible College. He proudly served six years in the United States Marine Corps, obtaining the rank of corporal. Following his military service, William moved to Bakersfield, Calif., where he began his 46-year career as a corporate pilot for the Beechinor Cattle Company and California Air Company. He later accepted a position with the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise and relocated to Laurel, Miss. During his career, William earned his ATP certification, which is the highest-level certification any pilot can earn. Following his retirement, he and his wife moved to Warner Robins, Ga., to be closer to family. William enjoyed volunteering at the Museum of Aviation, reading, and flying. He was a faithful member of Sandy Valley Baptist Church. His memory will forever be treasured by his loving wife of 50 years, Diann T. Steiner of Warner Robins; children, Shannon Pendleton (Rick) of Warner Robins, Bill Steiner (Georgia) of San Diego, Calif., and Elisabeth Steiner of Warner Robins; grandchildren Jessica, Ryan, Matthew, Michaela, Jenae, Cassidy, Wesley, Elias, Rylie and Lydia; great-grandchild KylieRae; and siblings Geraldine Haynes of Eugene, Ore., Ted Steiner of Los Angeles, Calif., and Terry Steiner of Eugene. Funeral services have been held and he was laid to rest in Magnolia Park Cemetery in Warner Robins. The family will accept flowers or donations given in memory of William D. Steiner to the Museum of Aviation Foundation, P.O. Box 2469, Warner Robins, GA 31088, www.museumofaviation.org or Heart of Georgia Inpatient Hospice, 1120 Morningside Drive, Perry, GA 31069, www.heartofgahospice.org .
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