LAKE COMO, Fla. - William "Bill" Carl McGuffey, 87, of Lake Como, entered into his eternal glory on Friday, Sept. 25, 2012 at Kiva Assisted Living Center, Palatka, Fla. after an extended illness.
Bill was born in Ada, Ohio, to Carl and Doreen McGuffey and moved to Michigan at the age of three. Bill served as a U.S. Navy pilot during WWII flying the N3S-19 biplane, the AT-6 Texan, the TBM (torpedo bomber) and transitioned to jets, flying the Cougar. Bill continued to serve in the Navy Re-serves for 10 more years. After the war, he returned to Michigan State University where he majored in agriculture, met his married his bride (Norma Jean Jordan), and earned a master's degree in horticulture. Bill began working for Great Western Sugar Co. in Billings, Mont. and over the course of more than 28 years served as a Fieldman in Lyman and Gering, as Agricultural Manager in Mitchell and Ovid, Colo., and as General Manager in Billings, Mont. and Scottsbluff. Later he worked as a manager in agricultural chemicals for Fisons, BFC Chemicals, and Michigan Sugar Co., from which he retired in 1990.
Retirement brought Bill to Lake Como, Fla., a place he had visited since the 1950s when his parents retired there. Bill remodeled his parent's house and continued his agriculture life as a hobby with citrus trees and thousands of sweet onions. He loved his land and loved giving away fruit and onions to Bread of Life Soup Kitchen where he also volunteered countless hours. Bill loved the out-doors: hiking, hunting, fishing and boating. He was a competitive rifle shooter for many years on rifle teams in Lyman and Scottsbluff, winning many tournaments. Bill also had a passion for antique wooden boats and motors, building and restoring several. Bill was an active member of First Baptist Church of Palatka, Fla.
Preceding Bill in death were three infant children.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Norma Jean McGuffey; children, David (Tina) of Laurel, Md.; Patrick (Cindy) of Beatrice, Neb.; and Greg (Kathy) of Pomona Park; grandchildren, Megan Willet (Chris) of Omaha, Luke (Kristina) of Greeley, Colo., Logan (Chelsea) of Omaha, Erich (Tania) of Ft. Bliss, Texas and Alex of Lancaster, Calif.; great-granddaughter, Molly, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bill will always be remembered for his generosity, his kind and gentle spirit, and his helpfulness to all in need. He will be greatly missed.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 6, at Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home, 307 South Palm Ave., Palatka, FL 32177.
In lieu of flowers, memo-rial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Nature Coast, 6721 Crill Ave, Palatka, FL 32177, Kiva of Palatka, 201 Zeagler Drive, Palatka, FL 32177 or First Baptist Church of Palatka, 501 Oak St., Palatka, FL 32177. Memories and condolences may be left for the family at www.JohnsonOverturfFunerals.com.