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William "Bill" W. Passmore, 85, passed away peacefully on the 19th of December 2010 as the result of a stroke with his wife, two sons and loved ones by his side. Bill Passmore was born in Houston, Texas on the 11th of February 1925, the oldest of three children to Annie Mae and William S. Passmore. Bill married Betty Jo Dent on the 1st of March 1947 and enjoyed 63 years of marriage.
Raised in the Houston Heights, Bill attended Reagan High School. In 1943 and as one from "America's Greatest Generation" he joined the Army Air Corps Squadron 9th Tactical Air Command and participated in the European Theater of WWII. Bill was a decorated war hero and his valor earned him five bronze stars. His battles and campaigns during the war took him to Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.
Soon home from the war and additional schooling, he began a 38 year career with S.W.B.T. Company which later became ATT. He and wife Betty acquired many great life long "telephone" men and women as friends during his career. A resident of Spring Branch since 1956, he retired in 1983 and was very fortunate to enjoy the next 27 years doing as Bill and Betty wanted to do each and every day. They loved to travel and had taken numerous vacations to various points of the globe. Bill and Betty owned a second home in Sea Isle on the west end of Galveston Island. This was where Bill truly enjoyed spending much of his retirement entertaining family and friends. He will be remembered for his pride and love of family, friends, and neighbors as he greatly valued them all.
Those surviving Bill are his loving wife Betty Passmore and sons, Don W. Passmore and wife Denise, their children Cari A. Passmore and William S. Passmore, son Jon C. Passmore and wife Susan. He is also survived by sisters Charlotte M. Metzler and husband Alex of Bastrop, Texas, Anna B. Hicks and husband Zack of Bellville, Texas, along with numerous nieces and nephews. He loved them all as his own.
Visitation will be held at 9:00 am Tuesday January 4th, 2011 with memorial service immediately following at 10:00 am at Clay Road Baptist Church, 9151 Clay Road, Houston, Texas 77080. Interment service to begin at 12:00 pm with military honors at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038.
In lieu of customary remembrances, please make a contribution in Bill's memory to Clay Road Baptist Church, 9151 Clay Road, Houston, Texas 77080.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 2, 2011