William F. Queen was born Jan. 18, 1934 in Franklin, North Carolina and passed away at the age of 86 from a massive stroke on May 12, 2020 in Coronado. He was surrounded by his family.
The Queen family moved from North Carolina to Bell Gardens, California in the 1940s and bought a home in nearby Downey where Bill graduated from Downey High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force in March 1951 and married Aleene, his childhood sweetheart from Coronado, Coronado High School Class of 1952, in December of that year.
Bill’s basic training was in armament and he served proudly as a gunner on B-29’s while stationed in Louisiana, Colorado, New Mexico and Okinawa.
Bill played baseball, basketball and track in school and continued to play sports in the Air Force. While stationed in Okinawa his basketball team played in the Far East Championship in Japan.
Bill and Aleene’s sons, Kevin and Jef were born at Coronado Hospital. Both were active in Cub Scouts and Little League while growing up.
Bill owned an office machine repair business and repaired special office machines called Robotypers until computers replaced Robotypers. He worked at Santa Fe Railroad until he retired, first as a yard clerk and finally as Train Master.
Being a history buff he loved to read about the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, so the East Coast was a popular vacation destination. After retirement an RV was home on wheels while visiting all but 11 of the United States. Bill, Aleene, Kev, Jef and Jef’s wife Jessa, moved back to Coronado in 2001.
Bill is survived by Aleene, his loving wife of 68 years; sons Kevin, Jef (Jessa); grandchildren Matthew, Malia, Tiara, Myca, Olivia and Ela; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Kayla, Danny and Bella; and close family members Janice and Vic, Juanita and Sonny, Linda, Beth and many dear friends.