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Honaker, William
1924 - 2017
William Merle "Bill" Honaker was called home to join his Lord. He is survived by: his wife, Mary Louise (Triplett) Honaker,: his children, Doug Honaker, Conni Bellinger (John), Cris Lopez and Brian Honaker; six grandchildren, Jake Bellinger, Josh Bellinger, Sarah Bonillas (Anthony), Daniel Lopez, Brianna Honaker and Mary Ashley Honaker: two great-grandchildren, Preston Bellinger and Ambria Bonillas. Bill also has many nieces and nephews and great, great-great and great-great-great nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death: by his father, William Elmer Honaker, his mother, Ethel Mae (Lupton) Honaker: a still born sister, a brother, Charles Honaker (Rosie), a sister, Ellen Osborne (Jim), a brother, John Honaker, a sister Mildred May (Oscar) and sister Ethel Mae Lehman (Gene). Bill was born in Marion, Ohio, on January 9, 1924, as Merle Junior Honaker. He attended Mark Street Elementary, Central Junior High and Marion Harding High School. One of his first jobs was at "Ralph's Snappy Service". Bill joined the Army Air Corp in 1943, He was stationed in Chicago, Sioux Falls and Madison. He was discharged from the military in 1946 and returned to Marion. He reentered the military from 1946 through 1950. He was stationed in many places including, the Azores, Iwo Jima and China. His final rank was Staff Sergeant. He and his wife, Mary Lou, were married in Sandusky, on September 22, 1950. The Erie Railroad, the Marion Depot, the Shelby Depot and the Defense Construction Supply Center in Columbus, Ohio were places Bill was employed. Retirement came in 1979 and Bill moved to Sun City AZ. Bill continued contact with his childhood friend, Richard Haycox, until his friend passed away a short time ago. Bill was cared for in his home by his son Brian and his fiancé Carrie Forney who lived with them. The other children and grandchildren were also members of the care team. Mary Lou Honaker, Bill's wife of 67 years has lost a true soulmate. Bill will be missed by all who ever knew him. His services will be at the Menke Funeral Home 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351, on Wednesday, July 19. Viewing – 9:00 – 9:30 am with Services and Celebration of Life – 9:30- 11:00 am, Social and Food – 11:00-12:00 pm. National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona 23029 Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024 Burial with military honors – 12:30 pm. Condolences and words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.menkefuneralhome.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 16, 2017
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