William Gervin "Sarge" Beddow age 88, of Weatherford passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 22, 2017 with his family by his side. Sarge could be on a poster for how hard work and determination can lead to many great things in life. William was born March 7, 1929 in Somerset, KY to Clyde and Clova Beddow. He grew up during the years of the Great Depression, was an orphan at age 12 yet studied in school and graduated high school as the class valedictorian.
Sarge is a retired Master Sergeant in The United States Air Force. He joined the Army Air Corps and by graduation the Air Force had branched off and he retired with 30 years of honorable service. He worked as a tail gunner, as a strategic air command instructor and as a senior enlisted Non-Commissioned Officer he was tasked as a logistics supervisor. Sarge loved his family; he sent money back home during his early years of service so his sisters and brothers wouldn't have to do without. William was a veteran of The Korean, Vietnam and Cold Wars. Sarge was the president of The American Legion post 1; Amvets post 92; board member of the veterans committee at Texas A&M, regularly volunteered at Meals For A Day in Sulpher Springs, TX and volunteered at a children's home in Rantoul, Illinois. Sarge loved spending time with his family and friends but if he had any time alone he was playing on his iPAD or on Facebook.
William is survived by his daughters Patricia Beddow Gaines, Vicki Beddow Hedges, Rebecca Beddow Thorman and husband Michael, Barbara Beddow Benson; sons Dana Beddow and Stephen Beddow; sister Jean Beddow; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
William is preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Audrey Beddow; parents Clyde and Clova Beddow; son William B. Beddow; son-in-law Dennis Gaines; sister June Beddow and brother Robert Beddow.
Burial services will be in East Texas at a later date. A memorial service to be held Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 2 to 4 at his home, 326 Beaumont Dr. Weatherford, TX 76086. Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.
Published on October 24, 2017