William "Bill" Mabry of Mountain Home passed away peacefully on Jan. 23, 2013, just three days shy of his 84th birthday.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.
Bill on born on Jan. 26, 1929, in Reading, Penn., to Clara and William Mabry. After attending school in Reading, Bill enlisted in the United States Navy where he served his country in French Morocco and on the island of Malta.
While on his tour of duty in Malta, he met and married the love of his life, Lilian Hamilton, on Sept. 2, 1952.
After serving ten years in the Navy, Bill enlisted in the United States Air Force, stationed in Columbus, Ohio, England and Mountain Home, and served two tours in Vietnam.
He later worked and retired from Canteen Vending.
Bill and Lil were blessed with two sons, William (Ian) and Brian. Bill enjoyed hunting with his sons.
In 1980, a granddaughter, Olivia, was born and brought happiness to the family. Finally a girl!
Bill remained very active after retirement, pursuing his passion for hunting and snow skiing at Soldier Mountain.
He was very proud of his volunteer work at Mountain Home Air Force Base pharmacy.
In his later years, Bill derived so much joy from his great-grandchildren, Kara and Lance Cody, and his sidekick, Toby. He also became an avid BSU football fan, often sporting the "Blue and Orange" colors.
Bill will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lilian, sons Ian and his wife, Sue, and Brian, his granddaughter, Olivia, and her husband, Jeff Cody, and great-grandchildren Kara and Lance Cody.
The family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to the staff at Cedar Crest Assisted Living for the excellent care and compassion that they bestowed on Bill in the last eight months of his life.
If you would like to honor his life, a donation to the Alzheimer's Association would be greatly appreciated.