William W. "Bill" Brett

William (Bill) W. Brett 76, died suddenly Dec. 30, 2013, while visiting family and friends in Colorado. Bill grew up in Crestview, the son of Fred and Genevieve Brett. His parents, brother, Fred Brett Jr., and daughter, Linda Brett, predeceased him.

Survivors are his beloved friend and partner, Linda Mueller; former wife and cherished friend, Margaret "Peggy" Brett; his daughter, Sandy Milway and her husband Steve of Westminster, Colo.; his daughter, Cathy Brett of Fort Collins, Colo.; his son, David Brett and his wife Jennifer of Erie, Colo.; and four grandchildren, Jason and Camden Milway, and Rylin and Colby Brett.

Bill will be fondly remembered by family and friends for his love of the U.S. space program and his adventures in the Colorado mountains and Florida waters on his boat LiftOff.

Bill worked in the aerospace industry for 52 years in Florida, Texas, Colorado and Mississippi. He started his career working for NASA as an engineer on the Apollo Checkout Equipment System in both Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral and Johnson Space Center, Houston. He also worked for both Martin Marrietta and Lockheed for many years, where he was involved in the development of the Shuttle Launch Processing System. He began working for Analex/Qinetiq NA in 2002, supporting avionics and new business development at Kennedy Space Center.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held by all family and friends at Port Canaveral Yacht Club, 910 Mullet Road, Cape Canaveral Saturday, Feb. 1 at 12:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to WoundedWarriorProject.org or FreedomServiceDogs.org.

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Published in The Crestview News Bulletin from Jan. 27 to Feb. 26, 2014