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William Henry Dempsey

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HENDERSONVILLE – William Henry Dempsey, 96, died on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at his residence. William was preceded in death by his parents; William and Elsie Barnes Dempsey, two sisters: Barbara and Margie, and his loving wife of many years, Claudine Dempsey.
He was born in New Jersey, and served in World War II where he was a Purple Heart recipient for being wounded in action in the European Theater. After the war, William attended the Pratt Institute where he received his certificate in Industrial Design. He worked in the ship building field and then Aero Space industry. He spent a majority of his career working for Grumman Aircraft Corporation on Long Island, NY.
William enjoyed doing art work, hiking, swimming, and he built his own sailboat while in his late 70's and 80's. He loved his family and spending time with them.
He is survived by one son, Jon Dempsey and his wife Jan of Maynardville, TN and their three children: Mary, Rebecca and Lisa, one daughter, Kim Gates and her husband Marvin of Christiansburg, VA and their two children: Laurel and Jordan. He leaves behind three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Gathering of Friends will be from 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at Shepherd's Church Street Chapel. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to Four Season's Hospice at 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center are in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on Aug. 9, 2015
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