Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Rest In Peace Bill HNT

Lori's father passed away last week.
The world is a poorer place without Bill.

William H. Colwell
September 19, 1924 - February 18, 2010

I miss the old guy and truly loved him. We got along so well and had so much in common it was scary. Like me, he had a great sense of humor, loved the honeys as he called them and was an electronic technician like I was. He was also a veteran of the army.

Bill was born, raised and except for his time in the military, lived there for the remainder of his life. Bill enlisted in the United States Army Air Force in 1942 and served as a radio operator in a C-47 cargo plane during the last few years of World War II. His unit was based in China and flew supplies back and forth to the front in support of China during those years.

(FYI, Japan and China had been at war since 1937, which was called the "Second Sino-Japanese War". That war ended when Japan surrendered at the end of World War II.)

In 1947 the Army Air Force was turned in to the Air Force, which is where Bill served the remainder of his tour until he retired in 1965. After Bill retired he used his electronics training to repair TVs and such until he retired. He used to drive around the area on garbage day looking for TVs put out for trash. He repaired them and then either gave them away or sold them for the cost of the parts it took to repair them. He also gave more than a few to his church.

Bill is in God's hands now and I'll miss him.

Rest In Peace Bill HNT


Osbasso said...

Sounds like he was an interesting man. Prayers to her entire family...

Ashly Star said...

That's awesome. Sounds like he was an interesting, cool man. I also think it's great you did a tribute for him.=) ((hugs for Lori, you and the family))

Jobthingy said...

sounds like a great guy. he is watching over you all now.

*hugs* to all of you

BTExpress said...

Thanks Os, I appreciate it.

AR - He was. The guy had so many great stories. I appreciate the hugs, I really do need them.

Jobthingy - Thanks, that means a lot.

TUG said...

He was a memeber of a wonderful generation the endured things the rest of us cannot comprehend. Please give Lori my condolences. He sounds much like my grandfather. You are lucky to have known him.

Genevieve said...

Sorry for you and your girl's loss. Nice tribute!

Shumpy said...

Sounds like a really good guy and a patriot.
I'm sorry for y'alls loss.

Southern Sage said...

That really sucks, and sucks every time. Prayers and good JuJu to the whole family.

Sounds like he was a cool cat, be glad you had the opportunity to know him and cherish the memories.

BTExpress said...

TUG - We really have no idea, do we? Thanks, I'll let Lori know.

Genevieve - Thank you, I really appreciate it.

Shumpy - Thanks. There has never been a better man.

Thanks Sage, I appreciate it.

Misses M said...

Hugs for you and hugs for Lori, too. He sounds like he was a really wonderful guy-- he must've really liked you and I'm sure he's happy that you and Lori found each other.

BTExpress said...

M - Thank you so much. We really did hit it off.

Stealth said...

What a great tribute you have here.

My thoughts go out to you from Texas.

I really think this is a beautiful post.