LONGVIEW — William Milton "Bill" Stauts of Longview passed away March 27, 2013, at the age of 80. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today, March 29, 2013, at Memory Park Cemetery in Longview, Texas, with Dr. James "Butch" Tanner officiating. Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Rader Funeral Home, 1617 Judson Road, Longview, Texas.
Bill was born August 12, 1932, in Conroe, Texas, to Elbert and Robbie Stauts. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his son, David Joel Stauts.
After graduating from Marshall High School, Bill entered Texas A&M College, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, graduating in 1953 with a B.S. degree in industrial technology and an officer's commission in the U.S. Air Force
. He served in the U.S.A.F. for several years in Nagoya, Japan, attaining the rank of captain.
After his honorable discharge, Bill was involved in a variety of engineering applications, ultimately retiring from LTV and Stemco. In his retirement, he particularly enjoyed working in the yard and the challenge of online family history and genealogy research.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Judy Harris Stauts of Longview; son, Philip Stauts; daughter, Melanie and husband, Alan W. Pigg; and his beloved granddaughter, Madeline Rose Pigg, all of Tyler. He is also survived by his sister, Alline and husband, James L. Fyffe of Marshall; and several nieces and nephews.
The family is truly grateful for the staff of Beacon Hospice at Margaret's House for their kind and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either Oakland Heights Baptist Church, 1600 Judson Road, Longview, TX 75601 or Christian Homes & Family Services, 13359 Hwy 155 S., Tyler TX, 75703.