William Donald Tomany
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January 14, 1944
February 19, 2014
Bill Tomany, son of Donald and Anne Tomany passed away on February 19, 2014 at Saint Mary's Hospital in Reno. For 18 years he battled complications from a stroke and Zollinger Ellison Syndrome. He was well known and loved by many as Willie, Will, Bill or beloved brother.
Proud of his Serbian heritage, Bill was a generous and giving person and attended Tonopah schools and the University of Nevada, Reno.
He was a great supporter of the University of Nevada Wolf Pack football and basketball program and supported the UNR marching band. While attending UNR he was a member of the band and choir during a period in which they did concerts, radio and TV broadcasts and performed in towns throughout the state - it was a memory he loved and cherished throughout his life. Bill adopted Las Vegas as his home after college and enjoyed following the "Running Rebels" basketball team often traveling with fans to away games including the final four.
Bill began his long and distinguished career with Reynolds Electric and Engineering Company under contract to the US Atomic Energy Commission in 1964 as a Radiation Health Technician. Bill was a member of the first Nuclear Emergency Response Team (NERT). His love and desire to serve in research and development in the US nuclear weapons program was satisfied while working for the University of California Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Bill became the Nuclear Explosive Assembly Facility Manager at the Nevada Test Site and retired due to his medical condition in 1996. Bill fulfilled his duties as a true Nevadan and a proud American citizen in service to the nation's defense program.
Bill was a proud member of the Las Vegas York Rite Association and the Tonopah Lodge Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, Don and Anne Tomany, and is survived by his brother Edward (Belva) Tomani of Tonopah, sister Tasha (Jerry) Hall of Reno, nephew Mike (Maria) Hall of Reno and cousins in the Lydon, Banovich and Tomany families.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Dennis Yamamoto for his professional care while Bill was in Reno and his kindness to the family for the past 18 years. We will be forever grateful to those that took interest in Bill and tried to understand and appreciate the many challenges he faced during his long struggle with the aftereffects of the stroke.
If you wish to remember Bill, please consider making a donation to the Tonopah High School Scholarship Fund in Bill's name (PO Box 1349, Tonopah, NV 89049), Central Nevada Historical Society (PO Box 326, Tonopah, NV 89049) or Saint Mark's Episcopal Church (PO Box 447, Tonopah, NV 89049). As Bill wished, a graveside service will be scheduled at a later date.
Walton's Sierra Chapel, Reno
875 West 2nd Street Reno, NV 89505
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Mar. 5, 2014