William Love Monhollen, who died on Thursday, May 19, 2011, was born on June 22, 1929, in Jellico, Tenn., to Horace Sylvester Monhollen and Bertha Mae Monhollen. He was the oldest of 13 children. At the age of 17, he joined the Army Air Corps.
More than 22 years later, he retired from the United States Air Force. During his military service, he participated in the Berlin Air Lift, was instructor, accident investigator and worked on the flight crews of the F-15 and the Valkyrie as they were being developed. At the same time, he completed mathematics and held a teaching position at a local college. Following his retirement from the military, Bill worked as a systems engineer in the aerospace industry. Most of his post military life was spent in Canyon Country, Calif. In Jan. 2004, he moved to Roswell. As a young child, he was fascinated with planes.
In 1978, he achieved a lifelong goal when he earned his pilotâ€™s license and purchased his own plane. Bill is survived by his wife Myrna; six children, Michael Monhollen, Sharol Hines, Linda Funk, Faith DeBoer, Margot Maynard and Paul Monhollen; 12 grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; sisters, Lucille Cloum, Susan Oster, and Pearl Collins; and brother Jack Monhollen. Interment will be at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles, Calif., Sunday, June 5, 2011, at 11 a.m.
A loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. He will be sorely missed. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.c om.