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William "Bill" Koency Jr.

1924 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
William "Bill" Koency Jr. Obituary
William "Bill" Koency Jr. of Arlington died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Funeral: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Moore Funeral Home Chapel, 1219 N. Davis Drive, in Arlington. Interment: with military honors will follow in Parkdale Cemetery in Arlington. Visitation: for family and friends will be held from 11:30 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at Moore Funeral Home Chapel. William was born in November 1924 in Arlington. He served in the Army Air Corps, 756th BS, as a B-24 aircraft gunner during World War II. He received several medals along with a Bronze Star and an Air Medal three times for his valiant support of the European theater of operations. Most notably he received a Purple Heart for wounds sustained when he was shot down over Germany and had to spend over a year in a German Prisoner of War camp. When he returned from the war, William met and married Virginia Rhinehart, his beloved wife of 67 years. He used his GI Bill to attend vocational technical training to become an electrical engineer at Bell Helicopter. He rose to the position of chief inspector and was a key member of a team that developed the V-22 Osprey aircraft, which is widely used today by the Air Force and Marine Corps. William was an avid golfer, ham radio operator (call sign W5TYT), and general tinkerer. He would spend countless hours tearing apart the latest technological device to see how it worked. But more than anything, William loved his family. He cherished his wife, Virginia; his children, David, Janis and Johnny; and his grandchildren, Brian, Michelle, Jeff and Grady. He will be dearly missed by his family and a grateful nation. Survivors: He is survived by his wife, Virginia; his daughter, Janis; his grandchildren, Brian, Michelle and Grady; his great-grandchildren, Delaney, Koency, Jack and Vivienne; and other loved ones, including his niece, Ann, who helped care for him the past three years.
Published in Star-Telegram on Dec. 15, 2013
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