William Gregory Bann
1947 - 2020
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William Gregory Bann

William (Bill) Gregory Bann of Scottsdale, AZ passed away June 28, 2020 at the age of 73. He was born June 14, 1947 in Butler Township, PA. He moved to Phoenix in 1954 with his family. Bill attended Arcadia High School before entering the U.S. Navy in 1964. He initially served in Vietnam and then continued faithfully serving 20 years until he retired in 1984 from his final duty station, Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan as Electronic Warfare Chief (EWC). During his naval career he crossed the Equator in 1974 while aboard the U.S.N.S. Huntsville transcending from Slimy Pollywog to Trusted Shellback. He crossed it again in 1980 while aboard the U.S.S. Midway and this time fully enjoyed watching the initiation of the new Trusted Shellbacks. Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marlene of Scottsdale, sons Eric (Catherine) of Missouri and Michael of Scottsdale, brothers Jim and Bob of Phoenix and sisters Veronica (Van) of Phoenix and Susan (Joe) of PA along with their families. Bill is also survived by his six grandchildren: Zachary, Cade, Cassandra, Karah, Jeremiah and Zecharyah. No services will be held. The family asks you to remember him with honor and integrity.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jul. 1 to Jul. 5, 2020.
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July 5, 2020
I met Bill fresh out of the Military as an Electronics Technician at Motorola (later General Dynamics). Bill was very intelligent and hard working and such a great attitude. We played many round of Golf and drank many beers together. Bill you brought joy to my life all these years. Bill you will be missed. My sincere condolences to Marlene and family, please stay in touch.
John Goshinska
July 5, 2020
My sincere condolences to Marlene and family for the passing of their beloved Bill- husband and father. A full life.
Jane Bourbonnais - from Canada
July 4, 2020
One of our favorite dental patients! He will be missed.
Ray Tuckett
July 3, 2020
I knew Bill since I was stationed in Yokosuka, JA in 1980 as a YN1. He will be missed. Fair Winds and Following Seas Sailor!! Marlene and boys , l love you. And again sorry for your loss.
Lynne Spann
July 3, 2020
Dearest cousin Marlene and family, know that you are in our prayers and in our hearts. Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of a wonderful man, loving husband and devoted grandfather. Calebs tribute on social media was very heartwarming. Im here for you Marlene. Love you dearly XoX
Cousin MJ and family
Mary Jean (Gurtler) Sutton
July 3, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
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