William Anthony Kloos, 85, a resident of Danville for 51 years, passed away on Jan. 30 with his family at his bedside.
He was born May 25, 1921, in Spokane, Wash. He served in World War II in the Army Air Corps and retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve after 23 years of service. He attended UC Berkeley where he met his future wife, Verna Mayhood, in physics lab.
In 1985, after 31 years as a mechanical engineering associate, he retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. He enjoyed his retirement farming his in-law's fruit orchard in Suisun Valley. He also enjoyed skiing, wood-working, electric car design, automobile restoration, camping, the outdoors and travel.
He is survived by Verna, his wife of 60 years; their four children Bill, Mike, Vern and Jane Kloos and their spouses; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brother John of Huntington Beach; sisters Emmy Mes of Orinda and Mary Ann Niebuhr of San Mateo. He was predeceased by his brother Bill.
A celebration of his life was held Feb. 16 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville. Donations may be made to St. Anthony's Kitchen, 121 Golden Gate, San Francisco, CA, 94102 or American Precision Museum, 196 Main St, Windsor, VT 05089.