William Estes(1944 - 2013)

LCDR William L. Estes (USN) (Ret)

William L. Estes - September 10, 1944 to October 12, 2013

LCDR William L. Estes (USN) (Ret) formerly of Lillian, Alabama and currently of Salzburg, Austria crossed the bar on October 12, 2013 in his beloved town of Salzburg surrounded by great friends. Bill was an avid traveler, an experienced aviator and enthusiastic conversationalist whose good humor and charm will be missed by many.

Bill lived most of his retired life in the Lillian community, having served many years in the Navy at Naval Air Base Pensacola. It is there along with his wife Sharon that he raised his two sons, Jeffrey and Scott (Vincent). Bill was blessed to live a life on the water on Soldiers Creek and established many longstanding friendships within the community. However, it was Bill's love of adventure and travel that took him overseas to explore various countries and cultures, making friends and memories along the way.

During his time in Austria, Bill remained firmly committed to his love of aviation, arts, military history and the outdoors. He was fortunate to be accepted into the community of honored veterans and aviators as one of their own and lived out the remainder of his days in good company with great friends.

Bill leaves behind his beloved sons, Jeffrey L. Estes (Brandi) and Vincent Scott Estes (Shannon), his grandsons Joshua and Cody, and granddaughter Molly, as well as his sister Judy and his extended family members. He was honored to have built a loving family with his former wife Sharon, and enjoyed many visits over the years with his children and grandchildren.

"…And when the goals are reached at last,

When all the flying's done,

I'll answer Him with no regret-

Indeed, I had some fun.

So when these things are asked of me,

And I can reach no higher,

My prayer this day - His hand extends

To welcome home a Flyer." ~ By Patrick J. Phillips



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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Nov. 17, 2013