Individual Record 2512

Name}   Imboden, William James (Bill) Family History} Hancock             
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Exa 22 Jun 1917 Place}   , Napa, California
Marr.: Date} Fam             1940 Place}       (Link)
Death: Date} Exa 26 Dec 2013 Place} Fairfield, Solano, California
Burial: Date} Cir  29 Dec 2013 Place}  
  Grave Marker}  
Source 1} 848 = Birth record
Source 2} 1304=1930 USA cen
Source 3} 1475=Obituary
Source 4} 1476=Obituary
Source 5} 1474=Letters
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Parents: } Edward Louis Imboden Sr. (Eddie) & Jessie Blackwood
   Relationship No.} 819
1st Household No.}  
      Occupation 1} Manager/Administrator at Naval Yard
       Occupation 2} Electrical engineer at Naval Yard
       Occupation 3} Rancher
Spouses:    First} Grossherr, Adelaide Dorothy
 Total Number of} 1
Notes:  A longtime Napa County rancher, Bill was born in Napa in 1917.  Shortly thereafter the family moved to Vallejo, California, where he attended local schools.  Leaving college after two years to help support the family, he was employed at Mare Island Naval Shipyard as a laborer in the electrical shop.
William James Imboden
During the next 31 years, Bill earned an electrical engineer's license by experience and examination.  He also earned a commendation from the Navy Department for conceiving of a plan to bring nuclear power to the first nuclear submarine built at Mare Island.  Later he was sent to Japan to assist their defense force in designing and building their first postwar submarine, the Oyashio, launched in 1959.  During his career, he served as president of the National Association of Naval Technical Supervisors.

Bill's final position was director of design of electrical, electronics, and weapons systems for new ship construction in the consolidated Mare Island/Hunters Point Shipyard.  He retired in 1969 and later did consulting work for Westinghouse for several years.

Meanwhile, Bill and his wife Adelaide returned to Napa County in 1942 where they owned and operated a cattle ranch in Gordon Valley.  The ranch soon became a gathering place for five generations of family and many friends — especially during holidays, roundups, and deer season weekends.  In later years, the many family RV outings found some kind of boat around, a vestige of time spent in the Solano County marshes with their uncles.  Family and friends came first, and he was always willing to drop what he was doing to help anyone in need.

Bill's many civic activities included time on the Napa County grand jury and the Gordon Valley School Board. He was also a charter member of the Gordon Valley Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Williamson Act Committee, and several other county committees through the years.

Bill passed away peacefully at Fairfield, California, on 26 Dec 2013.  At that time he was predeceased by his wife and daughter-in-law, and was survived by his son in Gordon Valley, daughter and son-in-law in Napa, a daughter in Fairfield, 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social} see Notes
Baptism Date}   Place}     William James Imboden
Confirm. Date}   Photo} Bill Imboden in 1993 =>
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade} 2 years of college   Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service}                   for the State of}  
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Last Updated
by} Dan Hancock
Date Updated} 21 Feb 2014
Date Created}  26 Jan 2014
Copyright © 2014 by Daniel W. Hancock.  All Rights Reserved.

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