William “Bill” Scouten
William Ralph Scouten, age 72 of Fairbanks, Alaska, passed away unexpectedly in Fairbanks on Friday, April 20, 2018, after a brief battle with cancer.
Bill was born on June 9, 1945, in Salamanca, New York, the only child of Lillian (Tingwall) and Ralph Scouten. He grew up in Salamanca and graduated from Salamanca Junior Senior High School in 1963.
Bill attended University of Buffalo before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1964. He served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968 as a cartographer and topographic surveyor with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was awarded nine service decorations and one combat citation.
After Vietnam, he earned an Associate of Applied Science in Surveying and Technology from the State University of New York at Alfred. While there, he met his future wife, Rosa Marsham of Brockport, New York. They married on June 12, 1971, and subsequently moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon. He completed a Bachelors of Technology in Civil Engineering in 1973 at the Oregon Institute of Technology.
In 1974, in the midst of the pipeline era, he and Rosa moved to Fairbanks, purchasing a home just outside the city. He soon accepted a job with the City of Fairbanks as a civil engineer, working there until his retirement in 2003. In Fairbanks, Bill and Rosa raised two daughters, Michele and Shannon. Their home was always occupied by an assortment of pets, most notably six Siberian huskies over the years.
Bill was a tall man for his generation, known for his handlebar mustache, bushy eyebrows, piercing blue eyes, outgoing sense of humor, and engaging stories. He was almost always dressed in flannel, dark blue jeans or Army fatigues and any one of a number of favorite hats showcasing his military service.
As a lifelong, accomplished outdoorsman, Bill’s enthusiasm for wilderness continued into retirement, including extensive overnight snowmachine trips in the winter and air boating trips in the summer, often to set up and check on his hunting camp. He was a successful moose and caribou hunter.
Bill’s military service included four years Regular Army active duty, eleven years as First Sergeant in the Alaska Army National Guard, and over eleven years in the U.S. Army Reserve. Having attained recognition as an expert marksman, he enjoyed serving as a range safety NCO and coaching new soldiers in marksmanship.
He is survived by his wife, Rosa, their daughters Michele (Alex) and Shannon (James), his brother-in-law Terry (Carol) Marsham, nieces Deedra and Jennifer (Pete), and several cousins.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents.
There will not be a memorial service at this time; however, this summer his hunting partners will scatter his ashes at their hunting camp.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to FMH Hospice Services, whose help was greatly appreciated: fairbankshospitalfoundation.com/ways-to-give/hospice/, or to a veteran’s organization of your choice.
The family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our friends and neighbors for their support and assistance during this time.