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William Thomas "Bill or Papu" Annos

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William Thomas "Bill or Papu" Annos Obituary
Annos, William Thomas "Bill" or "Papu"
85, of Phoenix, passed away peacefully at his home on September 29, 2016 after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Calexico, CA and spent the greatest part of his life in Phoenix. He joined the United States Air Force soon after high school and became a pilot serving in Korea and Vietnam. After that, he returned to university, graduating with an engineering degree. Later he reenlisted in the Air Force Reserves, retiring as a Major. He leaves his wife, Joy Dawson, 4 children Christie Lynn Annos of Portland OR, Cynthia Haddick of Phoenix, Stephen Funk and Cleve Funk of Las Vegas NV. He also leaves his brother, Armando Annos of Phoenix, and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Bill and his late wife, Mary Lou, brought many other children into their home to raise and mentor. Among these children are Ben Poff, Laura Garcia, Vanessa Kingsfield, Jackie Boyce, Erinn Nido, Amy June Sather, Julie Herrera and Candice Bryan. He was preceded in death by his mother Mercedes (Matus) Annos, his father Thomas Annos, brother Pete Annos and sister Katherine Velasquez. Bill was a remarkable man, generous to all who came in contact with him. Everyone loved him. A memorial for his family and friends is being planned and will be held later. The family extends a special thanks to for their kind and considerate care. Donations in his name can be made directly to at 602-530-6992 or www.hov.org.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 5, 2016
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