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July 17, 2018

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October 28, 2017
Sorry to hear of your families loss. I remember meeting him in Minot ND when I was stationed there with his oldest son Butch and then with the youngest son Jack at Ramstein AB Germany. Very enjoyable to be around. The airmen that met Lt.Col McHail at Ramstein AB thru his son Jack remember him fondly. Rest in Peace.
Think of him being normal again, he may not be here physically, he is watching over you doing what he enjoyed best. He will give you a sign someday that he is happy watching over you.
June 25, 2017
Bill...you are a man and soul of integrity, caring, compassion, and life. Working with you at the Idaho State Veteran's Home was a life changing experience for me. Thank you. Peace my friend. With love and respect. Jeanne Parker FNP.
June 5, 2017
I remember...

- Always a smile, and a remarkable dry sense of humor. Always.

- A frequently deep and thoughtful man, discussing things from the stock market during a visit with him and the family while he was stationed in Cary NC as a recruiter, to WWII history and current middle east events during a visit when he was in Stuttgart Germany, silently preparing for support in the Desert Shield and Storm operations.

- A remarkable musician, frequently watching in awe when he'd sit down at a piano and just jam without any sheet music in front of him, and savoring those times when he'd encourage me to pull out my bass guitar and play along with him. I was so intimidated. He was great, and I was just a lame amateur, but he still inspired me to do better.

- A loving and devoted husband of almost 57 years and father with encouragement and support for his sons and their families. Detailed aspects of his private life were not known to many, but look around you at his devoted wife and inpiring sons and their off-spring. He did good.

- And finally, one of many supportive men in my own life. He was a friend and influence to a young guy who had also lost his own father at a far too early age. Quietly and subtly there with advice. Encouraging everything from sports to education to military career decisions during a time when the Vietnam turmoil raged and I was a prime candidate for service. His words were always minimal, but meaningful and to the point.

I am truly thankful for the time he was in my life, many times direct, and many many times from a distance while he was in service to his country. Godspeed Colonel. Prepare the way like you have done for me and for many others influenced by your life.
June 5, 2017