William “Bill” PondWilliam “Bill” Pond, 86, of Bemidji. MN, died Sunday, June 28, 2008 at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.
William “Bill” Pond, 86, of Bemidji. MN, died Sunday, June 28, 2008 at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.
He was born in Crary, ND on February 6, 1923, the son of Harold S. and Marion (Seeley) Pond. After the bank holiday the family moved to Grand Forks, ND in 1935. Bill attended Winship grade school and then Central High School graduating in 1941. On December 7, 1941 he was a student at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music as a trumpet student of Frank Simon.
After enlisting Bill served as a Navy Aviator and Drone pilot for four years during World War II. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1949, and later began teaching band at several small towns north of Grand Forks. Later he worked under Leo Haelse in the instrumental department of the Grand Forks public schools ending his career at Central High School. Bill also assisted in the Grand Forks Symphony and directed the City Band for many years both, as trumpet soloist and later conductor. He also directed the Shrine Circus Band and Ninth District Legion Band. Bill received a Masters degree in Music in 1958 from the Vandercook College of Music in Chicago. Bill was a member of the Shrine and was a Past Potentate.
Bill and Joyce Lester were married June 7, 1947 in Grand Forks ND.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter Winna (Jeremy) Althiser; three grandsons: Will, Matt and Brock; and a sister Becky Boyum Allen.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Bethie.
A Memorial Service will be at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2008, at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji, MN, with Rev. Alan R. Johnson officiating.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Funeral Home.
A private family interment will be done at a later date.
Memorials can be directed to the Grand Forks Public Schools Band Department.