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PRESTON BLAIR KIDWELL
May 4, 1924 ~ November 19, 2012
Preston Kidwell died on Nov. 19, 2012, at the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, WA, of pancreatic cancer at the age of 88. Preston, the son of William Fredrick and Juanita Mary (McDowell) Kidwell, was born in Longview, WA on May 4, 1924.
He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1943, became a pilot and flew a B17 on many sorties over Europe during World War II.
Preston retired from the military in 1966 but continued to fly airplanes into his seventies. He owned and operated several small businesses following his military career.
Preston married Evelyn Lee on Oct. 29, 1944. Their marriage was blessed with two children, William Kidwell (Carol) and Janet Preisner (James). Evelyn passed away in 1997. Preston married Audrey (Sheldon) Hartleben on Aug. 24, 2002. They cherished being able to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary together this year.
Preston is survived by his wife, Audrey; son, William, daughter, Janet; step-children, Cynthia Carlson (William Young), Janet Moore, Marcella Rush (David), Philip Carlson, Charlotte Woodward (Eric), Steven Carlson; grandchildren, Sheri Cafer (Douglas), Thomas Palenske (Jeryn); step-grandchildren, Marieke Young, David Young, Conrad Moore, Carissa Roe (Dan), Steve Rush (Rebecca), Michael Rush, Christopher Carlson, Britt Carlson, Alex Carlson, Aaron Carlson; great-grandchildren, James, Rachel, Kaetlynn, Christian, Cathryn, Cameron and Preston; and step-great-grandchild, Lovely.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Mass celebrating Preston's life will be held at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church on Dec. 1, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
The family wishes to express its deep gratitude to the Ray Hickey Hospice House for the loving care Preston received and suggests donations be made in his memory to the Ray Hickey Hospice House in lieu of flowers.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Nov. 25, 2012