- William Edward 'Bill' Hires, 92, passed away peacefully on April 25, 2017, at Houlton hospital. He was born May 21, 1924, in Ridgetown, NJ, the son of Heber and Camilla Hires.
Bill served with the Army Air Corp from 1943 to 1945, working as a radio technician both in the U.S. and in China. His job included working with homing devices for planes and directing planes back and forth from the Chinese coast. By 1945, Bill had earned the rank of Corporal and was awarded seven different decorations and citations, including two Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct medal.
Once out of the service, Bill found his niche in sales and marketing. He worked for globally known companies and traveled all around the United States. Bill was known for his charming yet professional ways and was well respected by all who knew and worked with him.
In November 2016 he was excited to be part of the Honor Flight of Maine, a special event that honors veterans with complimentary trips to their Memorial and other memorials in Washington, D.C. It was an extremely sentimental journey that honored him and his fellow patriots. Bill was truly overwhelmed with this opportunity.
Bill was an avid Giants fan, golfer, and would take bets against anyone. He was an amazing gourmet chef and specialized in his family-favorite barbeque ribs and chocolate mousse. His wonderfully dry sense of humor led him to teasing conversations with all that knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Diane Hires of New Limerick; his sons, William E. Hires, Jr. and his wife, Debbie of Asheville, NC, and Gordon Hires and his wife, Valerie of Ripley, NY; a special nephew, Ernie Maggi and his wife, Robin of West Hartford, CT, as well as numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
All are invited to join in a special celebration of Bill's life starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at their home "On Golden Pond" at 147 McCarthy Drive, New Limerick. In lieu of flowers Bill would appreciate donations be made to The Honor Flight of Maine, PO Box 1770, Portland, ME 04104-1770 or go to www.honorflightmaine.org/donate so all veterans can have the same stimulating experience that he had. For an online memory book and to leave condolences please visit www.bowersfuneral.com
Published on  April 27, 2017