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Ballwin & Eureka, MO 63011-4623
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William Watson Obituary
Watson, William Glenn Bill, LtCol USAF (ret) passed away in his sleep, Monday, March 17, 2014. Beloved husband of the late Mildred C. Watson; dear father of Bill, Jr. and Jeff (Chris) Watson; cherished grandfather of Michelle and Abby Watson; dear uncle of Billie Anne Mankin, and Kim Klinger. Cousin of Ada Claire Danhoff and friend to many. Born in Mississippi, Bill grew up on the campus of Arkansas State A&M College where his father was a professor. He graduated from West Point in 1943 and joined the Army Air Corp, flying combat in the Pacific during WWII, and afterwards flying in the Berlin Airlift. His military career took him to Washington D.C., Pakistan and Holland, and finally to Illinois. After retiring from the Air Force he worked on the NASA Saturn V program in New Orleans and later had a long career with McDonald Douglas back in St Louis. Bill enjoyed fishing, photography, travel, family, and The Presbyterian Church. He loved the Gulf Coast and boating. When he retired, Bill and Millie moved to Florida where he was an avid golfer. In their later years they moved back to St. Louis to be closer to family. Bill was a kind, caring and dedicated father who had a deep commitment to the well-being of his family. He had the qualities of fairness, honesty and integrity in everything he did. Deepest appreciation to the staff of Friendship Village Chesterfield for their compassion and care. Services: Visitation at the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Saturday, 12-1:30 p.m. Interment Bellerive Gardens Cemetery. If desired, contributions may be made to Lafayette Work Industries, 179 Gaywood Ave., Manchester, MO 63021 or a . Friends may sign the family's on-line guestbook at



Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Mar. 19, 2014
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