Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 13, 2011 - 10:41pm PT
So many amazing stories about Bill Feuerer here; I hope that he is somewhere at peace and able to finally recognize the love that so many friends and admirers had/have for him.
What I am hoping is that those folks who knew him well might be willing to assist me in my efforts to shed some light on his life during the years 1968/69 and 1970/71.
More specifically, was he located exclusively in the Los Angeles, CA area during this 4-year period? Was he in Anchorage or other parts of Alaska during the 1969/70 time frame at all? Was he still involved with the UCLA Mountaineering Club during this time? I understand that he worked for McDonnell Douglas for many, many years; did he ever work/or do work for Alaska Airlines (perhaps directly, or as a contractor for McDonnell Douglas)? Does anyone have more specific information about his military service and/or the guardians who raised him (presumably in Illinois)? Is there a connection to an S. Schaeffer? I'm also trying to locate a copy of his obituary, which was published in Climbing Magazine (or any other obituary).
There are many more questions, but I'll stop here for now in the event I'm overstepping my bounds making these inquiries.
Many thanks in advance to all. I am deeply grateful for any additional insight you may be able to provide.
This doesn't relate to 1968-71, but the Social Security Death Index gives his birth date and says his SSN was issued in Illinois. It also lists another William Feuerer who is 31 years older, with SSN issued in Illinois, so I suppose there is some chance that person was his foster parent? He died in 1981 in Germany.
FEUERER, WILLIAM 24 Sep 1901 Jan 1981 79 XX732 (US Consulate: GERMANY (FRANKFURT)) XX732 (US Consulate: GERMANY (FRANKFURT)) Illinois 340-10-1523
FEUERER, WILLIAM 23 Nov 1932 Dec 1971 39 (not specified) (none specified) Illinois 348-26-5354
Probably best to email Don Lauria and ask him if he has more details on the stories of Dolt's childhood.
Don't have any info to add, just an anecdote.
I had a climbing shop in Boulder and was selling some Dolt products. One
day I got a call from him - just checking to see how things were going.
We ended up talking for an hour and hopefully making plans to get together on a climb in the Boulder area. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy.
I heard a few days later he was gone. Although I never met him, I felt a real sense of loss.
Many thanks for the infos and photos, and especially all of your speedy and thoughtful responses. It's heartbreaking to think that someone so loved felt so hopeless; yet at the same time, it's incredibly heartwarming to see that he lives on still in those lives that he touched.
Just thought I'd pass along that I was able to locate Bill's birth certificate and identify his parents (the William Feuerer deceased 1981 in Germany appears to have been his father). With some dogged determination, I was also able to locate a number of newspaper references to his days as a boy scout in Illinois, as well as a reference to a Mueller family with whom he was apparently staying at one point. I am certainly no expert as to most of the details of his remarkable life, so I'd be happy to pass these documents along to someone interested in collecting (and verifying the accuracy of) this background information. Please feel free to give me a shout.
As we've had snowfall twice here in New England already, I'm looking forward to switching out my hiking boots for some freshly sharpened skis. Take care, All!