WILLIAM HENRY PAZ MUNSTER, IN William Henry Paz entered into eternal life on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. He was born to Henry and Susan Louise Paz (nee Swaim) on April 16, 1970. Billy was a man who defined passion. He devoted time as a mentor to the youth of the Hammond Optimist Club. His achievements included coaching their White Sox Little League Team to a world series championship in June 2013. Music was his first love, as he self-taught his way to become an exceptional guitarist. Over the past five years, Billy performed with Generations, alongside his Trevino cousins: Simon, Gabe, Valen, and Wyatt. Bill drew from many diverse musical influences, but none greater than Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. He also loved sports, both as an athlete and a spectator. He exceled in baseball, wrestling, and track and field. His athletic career culminated as a Munster Mustang football player. He was a fanatic of all Chicago sports teams, but especially loved to follow both regional high school and Notre Dame football. Bill was a graduate of Munster High School and attained his Associate Degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Seattle. Bill joined the Chicago Plumbers Local 130 UA and obtained journeyman status. He was employed by Witvoet Plumbing. William is survived by his parents: Henry (Janice) and Susan Paz (Nathan Underhill); brothers: Harold, Edward (Jessica), and Brian (Jennifer); sister, Sharon; step-sister, Lisa (Felix); former wife, Amanda Wallace; nieces: Halen and Olivia; nephews: Adam, Gabriel, and Angelo, and his special friend, Lynette Tolbert. He is also survived by all loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceded in death by his grandparents: Harold and Louise Swaim, and Luis and Mary Paz. A wake will be held Sunday, August 4, 2013 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. at Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Avenue in Munster. A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 808 W. 150th Street in East Chicago. www.burnskish.com
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8415 Calumet Ave.
Munster, IN 46321
Published in The Times from Aug. 2 to Aug. 4, 2013