W.S. "Bill" Macklin Jr. of Loveland, CO, died April 5, 2009. He was born March 16, 1932 in Dayton, OH to William Sherman and Mildred D. (Leis) Macklin.
Graduating from Farmersville High School in 1950, he took one year of pre-law at Ohio State. He transferred to Devri/Deforest in Chicago, IL and took a 9-month Radio/TV course before joining the Navy in 1953.
Bill taught radar in Norfolk, VA during the Korean War. After leaving the Navy, Bill joined IBM in Dayton, OH; then transferred to Poughkeepsie, NY for training on the 7070 large mainframe computer. After training, Bill was transferred to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH as a Customer Engineer. At WPAFB he met his wife, Patricia, who was working on the early IBM punched card machines. They married in June 1957 and were transferred to Cincinnati, OH; then a few months later to Chattanooga, TN. Bill was the IBM CE for TVA and the Military base in Tullahoma, TN. Bill transferred back to Poughkeepsie, NY where he taught new IBM students and helped write the manual for the large mainframe 7070 computer. Bill's 34-year career with IBM included being a customer engineer, teaching, service planning representative, and engineering before retiring in Colorado Springs, CO in May 1989.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia; his daughters Amy Spradlin of Tifton, GA and Vicki Sawyer of Boulder, CO; his son Chris Macklin of Asheville, NC; sister Claudia Seitsinger of NM; brother Bryan Macklin of FL; and 9 grandchildren in North Carolina and Georgia
Cremation to be completed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cancer Society of America in care of Viegut Funeral Home, 1616 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80538.