Dec. 9, 1925 – Oct. 7, 2012

William N. Meholick, of North Tonawanda, a World War II flying veteran and later an aeronautical engineer for Bell Aerospace, died Sunday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda. He was 86.

A native of Soldier, Pa., he was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He was a qualified pilot-bombardier and navigator for B-29 bombers in the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1945.

As an engineer for Bell Aerospace for 33 years, Mr. Meholick was instrumental in the design of various airplanes and rocket wings. He enjoyed a recent visit to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., with a group of other war veterans led by State Sen. George D. Maziarz.

Mr. Meholick also enjoyed round dancing, playing the piano and doing volunteer work for St. Pius X Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Dorothy Kosko; two sons, James and Alan; a brother, John; and a sister, Ann Ivoska.

A burial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1700 North French Road, Getzville.