William E. "Bill" Akey Jr.

William E. "Bill" Akey Jr., 78, of Enfield, beloved husband of Doris (Ciampoli) Akey for 35 years, entered into eternal rest on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at Baystate Medical Center.

He was born in Springfield on Feb. 24, 1934, a son of the late William E. Sr. and Esther (Collins) Akey. William proudly served his country for over 23 years and was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He holds the distinction of having served in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, and U.S. Air Force, from which he retired as master sergeant. Following his military career, William worked at General Electric for 11 years, retiring in 1996. A resident of Enfield since 1950, he was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. William was also a member of an 18th Century Revolutionary War Reenactment Group, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

In addition to his wife, Doris, he will be sadly missed by his son, Shawn Akey of Owings, Md.; his stepson, Gary Ciampoli, and his wife, Kathleen, of Broad Brook; his granddaughter, Rebecca Akey, of South Windsor; and his sisters, Tat Panahal, and her husband, Robert, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Dody Taylor, and her husband, Tom, of East Longmeadow, Mass. He was predeceased by a stepdaughter, Karen Ciampoli.

Family and friends may gather at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield, at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, for a procession to St. Patrick Church, 64 Pearl St., Enfield, where a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of William's life will be held at 10 a.m. Committal with military honors will follow at St. Patrick's King Street Cemetery.

His family will greet relatives and friends during calling hours at Leete-Stevens on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 4 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in William's memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 370 7th Ave., Suite 1802, New York, NY 10001.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Nov. 14 to Nov. 18, 2012