William J. Parana
May 21, 1921 – Jan. 5, 2014
William J. Parana of Waukesha died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Waukesha, at the age of 92 years. He was born in Clymer, Pa., on May 21, 1921, to Wylma (nee Haddick) and Joseph P. Parana. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942 to 1946 as a commissioned officer in anti-aircraft artillery and ordinance. He married his high school sweetheart, Margaret L. Welsh, fellow officer and Army nurse, in 1944. He graduated from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in metallurgical engineering and received his Master of Science degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1953.
William was employed by Waukesha Foundry in 1950 as a metallurgist, leaving in 1972 as vice president and works manager to join Stainless Steel Foundry & Engineering in Milwaukee as vice president. He retired in 1987 as president of Stainless Foundry & Engineering.
Among his many professional associations were the American Foundry Society, American Society for Metals, American Institute of Mining & Metallurgical Engineers, Steel Founders Society, the Alloy Casting Institute and the Foundry Educational Foundation. He served on the Board of Directors of the Steel Founders Society, Alloy Casting Institute and the Foundry Educational Foundation and received the 50th anniversary Foundry Educational Foundation’s E. J. Walsh award in 1997.
He was an ardent trout fisherman, grouse hunter and skeet shooter. To the delight of hundreds of squirrels and, in spite of their efforts to sabotage the project, he successfully established many American Chestnut and Northern Pecan trees throughout the Waukesha area.
Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Margaret; daughter, Lynn Parana of Los Angeles; brothers Gene (Joyce) Parana of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., and Frank (Mary Beth) Parana of Ebensburg, Pa.; along with various nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph Parana and Joseph Parana.
Memorial contributions may be made to the scholarship fund of the Foundry Educational Foundation, 1695 Penny Lane, Schaumburg, IL 60173 (www.fefinc.org/edu) or the American Chestnut Foundation, 160 Zillicoa St., Suite D, Ashville, NC 28801 (www.acf.org).
There will be a time of gathering on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 1 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 3 p.m. at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha. Burial will be at a later date at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove.
Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.