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Rev. William P.
Rev. William P. Besancon, age 89 years young, went to heaven on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Mercy St. Anne Hospital. He was born in Stryker, Ohio, June 19, 1924, to Paul and Lena Besancon. After graduating from high school, Bill enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served as an aviation radioman second class from 1942-1947, receiving a WWII victory medal; American Aerial Medal and good conduct medal.
He moved to Toledo, where he met his loving wife, Violet and they were married 23 years before she joined the Lord on November 13, 1983. He retired after 30 years of service from G.M. Powertrain as a transmission inspector. William, also known as Brother Bill, was an ordained minister who dedicated his life to serving God. He was an active member for almost 50 years of the Harvest Apostolic Temple, where he enjoyed playing the tambourine.
Bill loved being with his family, enjoying "delicious" meals and numerous activities, his most favorite being Chinese checkers.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Violet; parents, Paul and Lena; brothers, Harry, Paul, Richard and Robert and sister Clementine. He is survived by daughters, Patricia (Troy) Johnson, Teresa (Dennis) Feltner, Carol Cecil, and Sharie (Phil) Rodriguez; sons, Dave (Cindy) and Willie (Barbie) Besancon; as well as 30 plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bill will be greatly missed by all.
Friends and family may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Thursday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will take place in the funeral home on Friday, April 11 at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Historic Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials may take the form of contributions to Harvest Apostolic Temple, or to the family.
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Coyle Funeral Home
1770 S Reynolds Rd
Toledo, OH 43614
Published in Toledo Blade from Apr. 9 to Apr. 10, 2014