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Capt. William W. Milleson USNR-Ret. Sr.

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Capt. William W. Milleson USNR-Ret. Sr. Obituary
Capt. William W. Milleson, Sr., USNR-Ret.

Norfolk - Capt. William Weaver Milleson, Sr., USNR-Ret., 91, passed away August 1, 2014 at home with his family around him. Bill was born in Romney, WV. He was predeceased by his father Paul H. Milleson, his mother Bertha I. Milleson, his brother Paul A. Milleson and sister Mary Lou McElwee. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Gertrude "Trudy" Milleson of Norfolk; two sons, William W. Milleson, Jr. and John S. Milleson, Sr. and his wife, Kim E. Milleson all of Norfolk; three grandchildren, J. Stephen Milleson, Jr. of Virginia Beach, Monique A. Milleson, her husband, Sky; and two great children, Ceceilia and Matilda of Honesdale, PA and Kristin A. Milleson of Virginia Beach. His family was extended by loving nephews, friends and associates who looked to Bill as a friend, mentor and associate. Bill also loved animals and is survived by his "always by his side" canine companion, Apollo.

Bill attended Romney High School and was a standout athlete in Football, Track and Field and Swimming. He earned a scholarship toV.P.I. to play football but his passion for flight stole his heart and after his sophomore year, he left for Naval Flight School where he earned his wings and commission at Corpus Christi Texas. He earned distinction and valor during World War II in the Pacific Theatre flying F4U Corsairs with VBF-6 from the U.S.S. Hancock CV-19 for the balance of the war. He returned to the states and later met his lifelong love Trudy, they were married May 15, 1948 in Norfolk, Virginia and went on to settle and raise their family. Bill loved everything Navy and aviation and earned his commercial single and multi-prop license. In fact he flew nearly every prop configuration ever flown by the U.S. Navy during his years after the war in the Ferry Command. After his active duty he remained a reservist for an additional 26 years including active duty during the Bay of Pigs Conflict in 1963 where he was stationed in Gitmo with VS-861 flying S2F aircraft.

Bill was also known throughout the area and state for his civilian career in the Heating and Air Conditioning profession working for Stewart Warner, Bluefield Distributing and Allied Heating and Air. He was a man of dignity and honor who served his Country, loved his wife, adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the many, many friends that completed and enriched his life.

Bill also was a member of several civic organizations but none meant more to him than the work and fellowship of the Norfolk Sports Club. He and Trudy were so fortunate to have been able to enjoy golf together and make many friends at Sewell's Point Golf Club and Eagle Haven Golf Club while still playing a good game at the age of 90.

A celebration of Bill's life will be scheduled at a date to be determined and we will share this with family and friends in the near future. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norfolk Sports Club Scholarship Foundation. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be offered to the family through www.hdoliver.com.

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Published in The Virginian Pilot on Aug. 3, 2014
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