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William Spaar, Jr.

Etna, N.H. — William Spaar, Jr., 92, passed away on Monday, June 16, 2014 in his home. Bill was born in Passaic, N.J. on April 14, 1922, to William and Irene Spaar. He was the second oldest of five children.

Bill graduated from East Orange High School in 1939 and studied law at John Marshall School of Law until he enlisted in the U.S.Army Air Corps in April, 1942. Earning his pilot’ wings in 1943 at Yuma, Arizona, Lt. Spaar was based in the Pacific where he conducted many missions against Japanese airfields in the Mariana and Gilbert Islands flying a B-25 Mitchell named ‘Rhode Island Red.’

Bill married Alice Hoth before his deployment and, after the war, they settled in Nutley, N.J. where they had three children. Employed by Aetna Life Insurance, Bill later in his career became Vice President of National Preferred Risk in Great Neck, N.Y. and eventually formed his own bonding company in his early 60’s.

Bill was a voracious reader, an avid traveler around the world and loved spending time with his extended family. Bill and his wife of 42 years, Perdita Nelson Spaar, retired to Etna in 2006.

Bill is survived by his wife; his daughters, Nancy Krokovic of Tom’s River, N.J., Susan Spaar of Etna; his stepson, Robert Drumm of Alstead Center, N.H.; and his sisters, Helen Peterson, Marion Spaar; as well as a brother, Kenneth Spaar. Bill is also survived by six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, his son, William, stepson Richard, grandson Michael Paul and his sister, Ruth.

Calling hours will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, at the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home in Hanover.