William
ZESIGER, William John, a 25 year resident of Palos Verdes Estates, passed away in a flying accident on Saturday, January 31, 2004. Born in Dubuque, Iowa on March 4, 1929, William was a former USAF pilot and a retired TWA pilot. He is survived by his wife Kerry Zesiger; Daughter Kathryn Schmitz of Atlanta, GA; Sons, Michael Zesiger of San Jose, and Steven Zesiger of Indianapolis, IN; and Sister-in-law Jeanne Zesiger of Layton, UT. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, February 5 at 2:00PM at the White and Day Mortuary in Redondo Beach (310-379-2446). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

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  1. Kerry and Hannah, I am so sorry to hear of Bill\’s passing. I will always remember his great smile and kindness. I was shocked when I heard about the plane crash and really crushed when Pat Cardone told me it was Bill. I think it is wonderful that your daughter, Hannah, was included in everything. I finally got to see little Lillie this past weekend. You are in my prayers and if there is anything I can do please feel free to call us. My new phone number is 626-918-5348. Hugs to you, Balinda, Mike, Anne, Reno and Destiny

  2. I really did not know your Dad as a young kid growing up, but my family and I became friends with Kathy, Mike and Steve. May the Zesiger family remember all of your happiest, and proudest times with your Dad. An old neighbor, Ricky Brown

  3. Kathy: I heard about your dad Monday afternoon. I am so sorry for your loss. Please extend my condolences to your family. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Dear Kathy, Mike & Steve, I am so sorry for your loss, I saw the accident on the news and immediately knew it had to be him. We lived next door to you in Canoga Park, and I was your babysitter. One funny memeory I have of yours and my dad was when Bill started flying to Japan. Your dad brought back one of the first Habachi\’s, and he gave it to my dad, and they wanted to start a Habachi business. The only problem….the Habachis weighed about two hundred pounds and were VERY bulky! They both got a big laugh about their potential business. Your parents were great, and your dad was always a great tipper, after I sat for you three. It would be great to hear from you, once again I\’m very sorry about the sudden loss of your dad. I have a lot of fond memories of your family. With deepest sympathy, Candy (Bell) Hanely & Craig

  5. Dear Kathy, Mike & Steve, I am so sorry for your loss, I saw the accident on the news and immediately knew it had to be him. We lived next door to you in Canoga Park, and I was your babysitter. One funny memeory I have of yours and my dad was when Bill started flying to Japan. Your dad brought back one of the first Habachi\’s, and he gave it to my dad, and they wanted to start a Habachi business. The only problem….the Habachis weighed about two hundred pounds and were VERY bulky! They both got a big laugh about their potential business. Your parents were great, and your dad was always a great tipper, after I sat for you three. It would be great to hear from you, once again I\’m very sorry about the sudden loss of your dad. I have a lot of fond memories of your family. With deepest sympathy, Candy (Bell) Hanely & Craig

  6. Kathy: I\’m so sorry for your loss. I thought the world of your Dad. You and your Family are hugh part of my happiest memories growing up. I would love to hear from you Kathy. My deepest sympathies to you and your Family, Cheryl Braun(Brown)

  7. Kathy, sorry I can\’t be there but want you to know we\’ve all been saddened for you in the news of your father.

  8. Kerry…we are so very sorry about Bill and we want you to know that our thoughts are with you. Bill was just one of the neatest and funniest of men and flying with him was always a special treat. We\’re thinking of you. Ernie and Monica Kaufmann and Pete and Georgia DeBever

  9. Dear Kathy, Michael & Steven, I am so sorry to hear you lost your Father on Saturday. I am Bonnie Bell, a former neighbor and baby sitter from the Natalie Lane neighborhood. My fond memory was the day your Dad took the three of you, and my sister, Candy and I to LAX for a behind the scenes look at fight operations at TWA. It was probably old hat to you three, but it sparked my interest in flighing. No I never got my pilots license but I married a guy who was a pilot, (recreational), we had a son, our only child who does fly for a living. He is Captain Eric Iverson at the commuter line SkyWest. This direction in my life and my son\’s was quite possibly a result of that day with you three and your Dad at LAX. He was a nice guy and a good neighbor. My deep regards. Bonnie Bell(Iverson)

  10. Marie and I share in your grief in the loss of Bill. Bill and I were classmates in class 50-E and we were together in Nellisand Reese during our advanced pilot training. Our prayers are with you and we pray that His love, mercy, and grace will be with you and your family during this time of sorrow. Our love to you and the family, FOREST & MARIE RIDDELL

  11. Some guys “make it look easy”, and bring happiness to this world. One such person’s life was celebrated two days ago, here in the Los Angeles area. His name is Bill Zesiger, a retired TWA and military pilot. The chapel was overflowing with those whose lives he had touched during his time on earth. We lost him doing what he had enjoyed most of his life, flying. This time it was an experimental airplane. Although it was my great pleasure to often fly with Bill, there were many accomplishments in his past, which were not known, prior to the Memorial service. This is not because we did not converse with one another while flying, but just the contrary. The conversation never seemed to get around to our past. We were having too much fun, flying and laughing and smoking cigars and enjoying our great good fortune of “the present”. Someone had mentioned that Bill ran the military operations at the Van Nuys airport. (He never mentioned that.) He never mentioned the fact that he flew fighters in combat during the Vietnam War. We just flew the 880, and he flew picture perfect legs every time. Often I would look at Bill after he slicked that sucker on and say; “Bill, you sure make it look EASY”. He would look at me and very seriously say: “It is easy”. And then he would laugh and I would laugh. At that point, we would “flip” to see who would get the weather and who had to go buy some more cigars. Bill never mentioned the years he spent teaching fighter pilots for the Air Force. The one thing he often mentioned was how much he enjoyed flying for TWA. If this man could have twirled a lariat, he would have been a modern day Will Rogers. He brought a lot of happiness to our World, and now, a few tears. Randy Kramer

  12. Although we only knew Bill for 3 months, the memory of his good nature and his smile will remain with us forever. His presence was felt the minute he entered the room, always pleasant and smiling. We enjoyed the opportunity to have him in rehab and we will miss him.

  13. Kerry i am so sorry to hear about Bill. Unbelievable happening. Will remember the time you all brought Hannah over to herd. Hope you are doing well.take care mary

  14. Dear Kerry, Words can not express how sorry I am about Bill\’s passing. May you and Hannah receive comfort from each other and know that Bill will live forever in your hearts.

  15. Kerry – our most profound sympathies. We share several common bonds; my husband was in the Air Force, and is a private pilot. We have and love our Briards. We all share your grief and hold you in our thoughts. Kath and Frank Rosebudd, Rainy & Windy

  16. Kerry- I am so sorry to hear about your husband! I never met him, but knowing you has been a joy in my life. PLease know you are not alone and we are all thinking about you in this time of sorrow. I hope to meet up with you again in the future. Hugs to you and yours!! Marsha

  17. My prayers and hopes are with your family. We have a common interest as I worked for TW many years in KCTC. And now I am here, and also flying my airplane as I love it much as Bill must have loved his.

  18. To the Zesiger family, Please accept our deepest sympathies on your loss. Kerry, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  19. Dear Kerry, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Bill. Life will never be the same after a tragedy, but maybe it shouldn\’t. Each one of us is precious. I wish you peace in your heart during this difficult time. Yours in Briards, Mary Novak Toms River, NJ

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