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Bill Alderson #950473
Sat Jun 15 2013 10:59 AM
Sat Jun 15 2013 10:59 AM
Peggy M  Offline OP
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Posts: 2,843
Stovebolt Headquarters
We just received word that our dear friend Bill Alderson passed away last night. Not very many knew that Bill was battling a very rapid onset of an aggressive leukemia.

Bill's battle is over and he is with God. Please remember his family in your prayers as they struggle through what must be a very difficult time. Stand by for details.

John and Peggy

Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #950481
Sat Jun 15 2013 11:36 AM
Sat Jun 15 2013 11:36 AM
Achipmunk  Offline
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Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 14,332
Boiling Springs, S. C. 29316
Darn it. The more you grew to know Bill and his family the more you loved them. His love for "Stovebolts" are second to none.

To Bill and family our prayers are with you. God Bless and lead you through this hard time in life.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #950486
Sat Jun 15 2013 12:11 PM
Sat Jun 15 2013 12:11 PM
48bigtrucks  Offline
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Posts: 3,071
Center Point, Iowa
Knowing this man and his family has been an honor for us. No matter what level of enthusiast of all things old, trucks, equipment or even mowers and the like, that you are, Bill was your equal. He would share with anyone who asked. His level of passion for our hobby will be surely missed. I'm still trying to wrap my head around this so I'll comment more later,
Scott


Scott Ward

2 1948 1.5-ton Loadmasters
The red one and The snow pusher
1 1950 3100
1 1955.1 Chevy 6500
1 1954 Chevy 6500 2-Ton
1 1955 1st Series COE 5700
1 1963 K20 (454)
1 1964 C10 (350)
1 1951 1.5-ton Dump Truck
1953 and a 1956 Ford F800

Raising a teenager is like trying to nail Jello to a tree!
Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #950489
Sat Jun 15 2013 12:53 PM
Sat Jun 15 2013 12:53 PM
Peggy M  Offline OP
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Posts: 2,843
Stovebolt Headquarters
Here is the Gallery submission on Bill's 1951 GMC 640 Road Tractor.

John talked to Bill on the phone about the restoration of this truck while I did the typing. Man, it was hard to keep up. Bill was such a great story-teller and as everyone knows, every one of his trucks had a great story. We only had gotten as far as three so far (they are linked at the bottom of the Gallery story).

Bill's collection was so fascinating, we even made up the Bill Alderson Collection Stovebolt calendar each year. John always got one of those (now, the truck calendar pages from 2011 are pasted all over #3 grandson's bedroom walls here at the house -- he only can say "big truck" or "red truck" -- can't say "black" so he insists one of them is blue headscratch).

There are so many stories to go along with the Bill Alderson (and family) experience. The Gallery story at least scratches the surface.

Peg


Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #950490
Sat Jun 15 2013 12:56 PM
Sat Jun 15 2013 12:56 PM
Peggy M  Offline OP
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Posts: 2,843
Stovebolt Headquarters
Oh yea, I thought we had something in the Bolt Bucket.

Here is Bill and Wayne's 2011 project.

And here is the 2012 project.


Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #950492
Sat Jun 15 2013 01:22 PM
Sat Jun 15 2013 01:22 PM
joker  Offline
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Posts: 9,368
lost tx
sorry to hear of his passing, my God bless his family and friends


Redryder

My Hotrod

I am fighting cancer and I am winning the fight

A veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The 'United States of America', for an amount of "up to and including my life."

Pain is part of life; misery is an option.

Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #950517
Sat Jun 15 2013 04:53 PM
Sat Jun 15 2013 04:53 PM
Justhorsenround  Offline
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Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 6,108
Central, Oklahoma
Keep on building em Bill. I need one to drive when I get there! God Bless. RIP


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)


"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line" and lock up those on the wrong side of that line.

Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #950518
Sat Jun 15 2013 05:00 PM
Sat Jun 15 2013 05:00 PM
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mo2cyl  Offline
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Posts: 187
Winfield ,Missouri
So sorry to hear this news. He will be missed by all. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.



Kevin
Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #950521
Sat Jun 15 2013 05:03 PM
Sat Jun 15 2013 05:03 PM
48bigtrucks  Offline
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Center Point, Iowa
There's a sentence I said in that GMC gallery submission that states he would go to his grave living and breathing trucks....Just last week, he made a phone call to a guy in his area about a truck body we needed for our latest project, from his hospital bed! I called him several times while he was in the hosp. and after we got done talking about his latest procedures, it went right to the project! I could actually hear him perk up while talking trucks, and I was happy to oblige.

Wayne and Troy have some big shoes to fill, but if anyone can, they will!
Scott


Scott Ward

2 1948 1.5-ton Loadmasters
The red one and The snow pusher
1 1950 3100
1 1955.1 Chevy 6500
1 1954 Chevy 6500 2-Ton
1 1955 1st Series COE 5700
1 1963 K20 (454)
1 1964 C10 (350)
1 1951 1.5-ton Dump Truck
1953 and a 1956 Ford F800

Raising a teenager is like trying to nail Jello to a tree!
Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #950561
Sat Jun 15 2013 08:18 PM
Sat Jun 15 2013 08:18 PM
Peggy M  Offline OP
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Posts: 2,843
Stovebolt Headquarters
I'm sorry I wasn't able to write more about Bill when we first posted this.

As best I recall (and Scott can correct me), Scott met Bill first and the FIRST Kansas City Reunion (after that first one, that made it official). A few years after, Bill wanted to host those coming in early for a picnic at his place. Sounded good to us ... not sure why someone would want to.

Well, the early crew is maybe half the regular crew. When we showed up at the Alderson's, it was funny. I don't think Patty could make any sense of what in the world we were doing there. Although, she had a really nice spread set for us to chow on.

Once we got to their place, we even MORE wondered why in the world would someone want US to come see them.

Well, then they all headed to the truck barns and that was all she wrote. Everyone was talking trucks, looking at trucks, taking pictures of trucks, etc.

Bill was amazing! He was so personal and down-to-earth. We loved it. He certainly was our regular kind of Stovebolt guy.

Each year after that, we always got a great warm welcome from the whole family. We all really felt special.

Even when The Ned showed up, driving all the way from Maryland in his Suburban ... they gave him a special welcome for such an endeavor.

We cannot say enough ... we will miss that man. But we know there is a LOT of that man in Wayne and Troy.

Peg

Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #950583
Sat Jun 15 2013 10:49 PM
Sat Jun 15 2013 10:49 PM
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Oakwood, Ontario Canada
Last year I asked him about the caves and the work he was doing there. He said I was more than welcome to come a few days ahead of the re-union and he would be happy to show me around. He was very hospitable and friendly.

My condolences to Patty and the rest of the family.

Leo

Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #950613
Sun Jun 16 2013 05:46 AM
Sun Jun 16 2013 05:46 AM
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27Capitol  Offline
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Posts: 373
Nebraska.
So sad, Bill will truly be missed. Great guy for sure. Prayers to his family. RIP Bill.


Terry K.

1951 5 window 1/2 ton

The only way to have a friend is to be one.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-

Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #950664
Sun Jun 16 2013 01:18 PM
Sun Jun 16 2013 01:18 PM
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The Ned  Offline
Cruising in the Passing Lane
Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 338
Pasadena, Maryland
Only met Bill one time.. at last years reunion. He was a great guy and very generous to open his home and shop to us bolters. He will be missed.

Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #950682
Sun Jun 16 2013 03:02 PM
Sun Jun 16 2013 03:02 PM
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sstock  Offline
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Posts: 855
Gig Harbor, WA
Godspeed Bill


1953 Chevrolet 3100
Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #950764
Sun Jun 16 2013 10:31 PM
Sun Jun 16 2013 10:31 PM
2-Ton  Offline
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Posts: 3,172
Mokane ,Mo.
Vicki and I met Bill and his family at the last couple reunions.
Great father figure, family man and just a good person to know.
God Speed to Bill and the Family!

Don & Vicki King


Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!

1967 GMC 9500 Fire Ladder Truck
"The Flag Pole"
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Photobucket
'46 2-Ton grain truck
'48 3/4-ton grain truck
'48 1-1/2-ton flatbed
'50 2-ton flatbed
'54 Pontiac Straight Eight
'54 Plymouth Belvedere
'76 TR-6
'82 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler
'70 American LaFrance pumper fire truck.

Pix on Photobucket
Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #950913
Mon Jun 17 2013 02:56 PM
Mon Jun 17 2013 02:56 PM
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Larry_58_Burb  Offline
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Posts: 530
Kaiserslautern, Germany
It may be too late at this point, but does anyone have any info on funeral arrangements. The Aldersons live right down the road from me. Literally, less than 4 miles. I first met Bill at the pre-reunion barbecue last year. What an amazing man and family. His classic Chevy collection is indesribably cool. I'd love to attend the funeral to pay my respects.


Thanks

Larry
Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #951052
Mon Jun 17 2013 11:00 PM
Mon Jun 17 2013 11:00 PM
48bigtrucks  Offline
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Center Point, Iowa
http://www.speakschapel.com/book-of-memories/1608073/Alderson-William/obituary.php

Here's his obituary with the details, might see you there,
Scott


Scott Ward

2 1948 1.5-ton Loadmasters
The red one and The snow pusher
1 1950 3100
1 1955.1 Chevy 6500
1 1954 Chevy 6500 2-Ton
1 1955 1st Series COE 5700
1 1963 K20 (454)
1 1964 C10 (350)
1 1951 1.5-ton Dump Truck
1953 and a 1956 Ford F800

Raising a teenager is like trying to nail Jello to a tree!
Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #951082
Tue Jun 18 2013 12:53 AM
Tue Jun 18 2013 12:53 AM
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J Lucas  Offline
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Posts: 1,368
South Omaha, Nebraska
We met Bill and Patty a few years back at their open house before the reunion. What a great couple. Bill was one heck of a nice guy, and Patty made us feel so welcome.

Theresa and I would also like to express our condolences to Patty and the rest of the family.

John and Theresa


J Lucas





1941 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1942 Chevy 1.5-Ton SWB
1959 Chevy Apache 31 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Apache 32 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Viking 40

My Flicker Photos!

Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #951130
Tue Jun 18 2013 09:55 AM
Tue Jun 18 2013 09:55 AM
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Larry_58_Burb  Offline
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Posts: 530
Kaiserslautern, Germany
Scott;

Roger. Got it.


Thanks

Larry
Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #951361
Wed Jun 19 2013 02:00 PM
Wed Jun 19 2013 02:00 PM
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Grigg  Offline
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Joined: May 2005
Posts: 8,468
Lexington, VA
Wow, I met Bill once a couple years ago and was really looking forward to visiting again some september. I remember the great stories, interesting trucks, more interesting trucks, and that he was as nice a guy as you could ever hope to meet.

Sorry to hear the news,

Grigg


1951 GMC 250 in the Project Journals
1948 Chevrolet 6400 - Detroit Diesel 4-53T - Roadranger 10 speed overdrive - 4 wheel disc brakes
1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup
---All pictures---
"First, get a clear notion of what you desire to accomplish, and then in all probability you will succeed in doing it..." -Henry Maudslay-
Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #951376
Wed Jun 19 2013 03:29 PM
Wed Jun 19 2013 03:29 PM
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Larry_58_Burb  Offline
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Posts: 530
Kaiserslautern, Germany
I had a critical meeting come up at work so I couldn't attend the funeral. I was able to get to the visitation at th funeral home last night. There was a huge crowd of freinds and family in attendance. I had to wait in line for 2 hours to see the family but it was worth every minute.

Evidently Bill never met anyone that didn't like him. Seeing that many people coming to pay their respects was quite moving. He was a great man.


Thanks

Larry
Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #951377
Wed Jun 19 2013 03:37 PM
Wed Jun 19 2013 03:37 PM
KCMongo  Offline
"MONGO"
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 593
Independence, MO
Yeah Larry, we were in line for 2 hours also, was awesome to see his Stovebolt calendars laid up among the family pictures and such. Gonna miss him a lot last fall he and I made a couple trips up to our farm and got some good talks in. Wayne will carry on the trucks I know although last night I could tell he's stressing with all his dad's stuff loading on his shoulders. The Business mainly. I know he'll take care of it in fine Anderson fashion. Couldn't make the funeral today because I had work commitments I just couldn't get out of but Several of the Truck Club and ATHS and other truck guys were discussing the convoy for the funeral today so I know he got a great send off.
RIP Bill

Steve


Mongo's Garage
Vintage GM Truck's & Parts
Re: Bill Alderson [Re: KCMongo] #951410
Wed Jun 19 2013 08:03 PM
Wed Jun 19 2013 08:03 PM
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wahl4m  Offline
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Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 135
norwalk,iowa, usa
i totally was shocked by this news of his passing !! met the gentleman for the first time at last years stovebolt reunion and sat across the table from him at our evening dinner at some kc steak house . he made me feel like i known him for years ! GREAT GUY!! maybe this year we should do something at the reunion to honor him ?? may god bless him and his family and they will be in my prayers ! mike &pat wahl norwalk iowa

Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #951453
Wed Jun 19 2013 10:38 PM
Wed Jun 19 2013 10:38 PM
48bigtrucks  Offline
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Posts: 3,071
Center Point, Iowa
Just got home from the funeral...not a dry eye in the house, including ours. People from all walks of life came to honor Bill over the last few days, just goes to show what kind of gentleman he was!!!

I agree on having a memorial of some sort for him since many people will be bringing there trucks for the first time this year (me included). Patti is still planning on something for Thursdays pre-show truckshow that we usually do. But we will need some time before committing right now I'm sure,
Scott


Scott Ward

2 1948 1.5-ton Loadmasters
The red one and The snow pusher
1 1950 3100
1 1955.1 Chevy 6500
1 1954 Chevy 6500 2-Ton
1 1955 1st Series COE 5700
1 1963 K20 (454)
1 1964 C10 (350)
1 1951 1.5-ton Dump Truck
1953 and a 1956 Ford F800

Raising a teenager is like trying to nail Jello to a tree!
Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #951605
Thu Jun 20 2013 05:40 PM
Thu Jun 20 2013 05:40 PM
1953 panel  Online
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Posts: 4,810
Oakwood, Ontario Canada
You're right Scott, we have to do something, for sure. We can all give it some thought and see what ideas pop up. I certainly don't mind contributing, whatever it may be.

Leo

Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #951620
Thu Jun 20 2013 07:00 PM
Thu Jun 20 2013 07:00 PM
joker  Offline
Moderator, Passing Lane
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 9,368
lost tx
here is something we all can do now per his wish


Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.


Redryder

My Hotrod

I am fighting cancer and I am winning the fight

A veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The 'United States of America', for an amount of "up to and including my life."

Pain is part of life; misery is an option.

Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #951962
Sat Jun 22 2013 08:48 PM
Sat Jun 22 2013 08:48 PM
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WE b OLD  Online
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Posts: 6,129
marion, in. usa
So sorry to hear the sad news. Prayers too the family.


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2015 GMC terrain.
Pix on Photobucket
Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #953642
Sun Jun 30 2013 06:31 PM
Sun Jun 30 2013 06:31 PM
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Rusty64  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Jan 2007
Posts: 248
St. Peters Missouri
Just realized this thread was here.
It goes without saying that Bill was genuine without a doubt.
I was at his place twice and each time it was in awe.
As was stated earlier, Bill will be up in heaven keeping them running for when we arrive.
God Bless.

Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #953661
Sun Jun 30 2013 08:32 PM
Sun Jun 30 2013 08:32 PM
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Denny Graham  Offline
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Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 11,737
Sandwich, IL
Haven't been around the bolt much this summer, been wearin' a
lot of different hats and that's been keepin' me away from the
forum. Fred just gave me the news about Bill's passing. Only
had the pleasure of meeting him one time, my condolences go out
to his family.
Pete and I made it down to KC from Chicago a couple of years
back and meeting the Alderson bunch and getting the tour was
the highlight of the trip, quite a nice collection of trucks.

Denny Graham
Sandwich, IL

Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #1035651
Sun Jun 15 2014 04:34 AM
Sun Jun 15 2014 04:34 AM
48bigtrucks  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 3,071
Center Point, Iowa
It's been a long year without my friend, but his legacy will live on forever!
Scott


Scott Ward

2 1948 1.5-ton Loadmasters
The red one and The snow pusher
1 1950 3100
1 1955.1 Chevy 6500
1 1954 Chevy 6500 2-Ton
1 1955 1st Series COE 5700
1 1963 K20 (454)
1 1964 C10 (350)
1 1951 1.5-ton Dump Truck
1953 and a 1956 Ford F800

Raising a teenager is like trying to nail Jello to a tree!
Re: Bill Alderson [Re: Peggy M] #1055482
Thu Sep 11 2014 08:18 PM
Thu Sep 11 2014 08:18 PM
Peggy M  Offline OP
Worker Bee
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 2,843
Stovebolt Headquarters
It was good to see the Alderson Clan at the Reunion this year. We all hoped to go to the grave site but Patty suggested next year since his grave stone was not yet in.

We sure missed him and his great truck stories ... and just his cheerful self!

Bill's legacy does live on, that's for sure.

Peg

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