William W. Budness

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OCEAN VIEW, Del. - William W. Budness, 74, of Ocean View, DE, son of the late William and Charlotte (Ludwin) Budness died peacefully on January 24, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones at Paradise Senior Living in Georgetown, DE. Bill was a 1960 graduate of Chicopee High School. He earned a full scholarship to Boston University where he played football and majored in Education, graduating in 1964 with a Bachelor's of Science degree. Bill was honored with multiple awards including All-American Teams and was later inducted into the Boston University Hall of Fame. The Oakland Raiders drafted Bill in the fourth round in 1964 where he played Middle Linebacker for seven years and played in the second Super Bowl. In 1972, he joined the Greenfield Public School System as Head Football Coach, Head Softball Coach and Physical Education Instructor, retiring after a 30-year career.
Bill married his high school sweetheart, Virginia (Ginger) Robertson in 1962. They were married for 55 years and raised three children. He was a loving and dedicated husband and father who always put his family first. His wife Ginger, his loving daughter Lynn Ricker (Mark) of Ocean View, DE, his loving son, Keith of Ocean View, DE and his loving daughter Gretchen Zichelle (John) of Sterling, MA, survive Bill. He leaves six grandchildren, David Robertson, Ali Robertson, Savanna Zichelle, James Zichelle, Nicholas Zichelle and Ryan Ricker ("The Kid"), and a great granddaughter, Harper Sky, who came into his life this past May. Bill leaves his devoted brother, Jim of Belchertown, MA, his loving wife Marie, nephew Michael, sister Linda, three nephews and their families, Warren, Bill, and George Sampson. His parents, William and Charlotte, and his brothers Mark and Paul predeceased him.
With much gratitude, the family wishes to thank Paradise Senior Living for providing a compassionate, loving environment for their loved one. A very special thank you to Beverly, Rodney, Shentel and Vitas Hospice for making Bill's last days comfortable and peaceful.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Donations may be sent to Boston University School of Medicine, CTE Center Medical Campus, 72 East Concord St., B-7800, Boston, MA 02118.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
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Melson's Funeral Services - Ocean View
38040 Muddy Neck Road
Ocean View, DE 19970
302-537-2441
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Published in The Recorder on Jan. 27, 2018