William “Bill” Dees
Mon, 10/17/2016 - 3:58pm
September 7, 1931 ~ October 3, 2016
William “Bill” Dees died peacefully at his home in Austin, Texas on October 3, 2016 at the age of 85. Bill is survived by his brother, Billy Ray Dees and Shirley of Panama City, FL; Rita (Kubat) Dees of Okeene, OK and their children: Edith Dees of Poland, ME; William Dees, Jr. and Kathy of Austin, TX; and Josephine Dees of Okeene, OK; his granddaughter, Rebecca Thompson and Aaron and his great-granddaughter, Bridget Thompson of Johannesburg, South Africa. He is predeceased by his parents, Lock Dees and Ida (Pennington) Dees; and his daughter, Mary Dees. Bill was born on his grandfather’s farm in Lamar County, AL on September 7, 1931. After graduation from Lamar County High School, he enlisted into the United States Air Force. He served in Human Resources during the time when manual systems were being computerized. In 1956, he was assigned to the South Pacific for Operation Redwing nuclear weapons testing. After retirement from the Air Force in 1977 as a SMSGT, he joined the Veteran’s Administration in Austin, TX. He was a Software Engineer in their computer department where he worked on IBM mainframes as the DASD Manager. In recognition of his 55 years of government service, he received a flag that was flown at the White House under President Bill Clinton. That flag will drape his coffin at the graveside service held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX where he will be buried with full military honors. In his retirement from the VA in 2006, he pursued interests in genealogy and loved watching shows on the stock market. He was a “farm boy” at heart and grew tomatoes on his patio. He loved his “Sunday drive” even if it wasn’t Sunday. He made regular visits to Alabama to keep in touch with relatives and “down home” gossip, to visit the farm, and to stop at his favorite restaurant for fried catfish. He was writing a book on the Dees Family History and researching in courthouses, libraries, and cemeteries on his way to Alabama. Internment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX.