William (Bill) J. Fling, 68, of Brea, California, passed away February 24, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen T. Fling, along with his East Coast family including his father, Richard T. Fling; his brothers, David H. (Laura), and Robert M. (Kelly); cousin, Beth Fling Casmas; along with his nieces and nephews, Kate Leister (Christopher), Michael Fling (Caitlin), Christopher Fling (Amber), Timothy Fling, and Kirsten Fling; and 8 grandnieces and grandnephews, Liam, Logan, Molly, Jack, Landon, Sam, Alyssa, and Jameson.
Additionally, Bill is survived by his West Coast family with Kathy's two sons, Shaun (Jillian) and Devin (Aninka) and their families (Avalon, Eloise, Eddie, and Anya); her brothers and sisters, Sherry Stewart (David), Debra Stanzione (John), Calen Sandoval (Karen), Cindy Phelps (Cecil), Darren Chandler, and Rebecca Allison (Kenny); along with 12 nieces and nephews, and 18 great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Norma E. Fling.
Bill graduated from Souderton Area High School and the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on the emerging technology of computer science. He used this training to have a successful 40-year career. After eight years working at the University of Pennsylvania, he relocated to southern California to work at Aerojet and Northrop Grumman solving technology challenges in space, defense, and the aeronautics industry.
Throughout his lifetime, Bill developed many hobbies and interests. His love of science fiction and fantasy as a teenager played out in his adult life spending many hours visiting Disneyland, Disney World, and the Hogwarts in Universal. Bill was an avid traveler and foodie. He loved all national parks where he could hike and explore. Some notable ones are the mountains of California, New Hampshire, Switzerland, and the Grand Canyon. His favorite outdoor locations for birthday and anniversary celebrations included the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Yosemite, Mammoth Mountain, and the San Diego Zoo along with jaunts to Cambria and Monterey for beach excursions. Bill and Kathy also saw the world from many perspectives. Cruising Alaska and the Caribbean, along with travels to Japan, Norway, and Europe were some of their recent adventures to experience new cultures and cuisines.
No dust ever settled on Bill. He was happiest when he was working on projects where no challenge was too big. Whether puttering in the garden, building a backyard shed, making a new fireplace mantel, or experimenting in the kitchen, Bill could do it well. Bill’s love for his family played out every Christmas as he and Kathy traveled back East to ring in the holidays. Those memories are cherished dearly by his family. He will always be remembered for his quick sense of humor and willingness to help friends and family.
Private burial will be Friday, May 21, 2021, at Wentz’s United Church of Christ Cemetery.