William "Bill" Beard Durkin, 78, passed away Thursday (March 30, 2017) in Delray Beach, Florida.
He was born Oct. 1, 1938, in Fairmont.
Bill was one of three sons, Johnny, Bill and Jim, born to James and Elizabeth Durkin.
He is survived by his five children, Cheryl, Brian, Michael, John, and Courtney; sons-in-law, Frank and Kris; and daughters-in-law, Shay and D'Anna. He was the proud grandfather of six grandchildren, Javier, Carli, Tyler, Breanna, Hunter and Kaitlyn.
Bill was president of the student body at Fairmont Senior High School 1955-56.
He served his country as a major in the U.S. Army Field Artillery. He served tours in Vietnam and Korea receiving several honors a few of which were the Meritory Service medal, National Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star and Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. Bill was wounded in Vietnam by a mortar attack which caused a non-healing wound to his ankle and caused shrapnel in his chest which he lived with the rest of his life.
After retirement from the military, Bill excelled as a civil engineer, with careers in North Carolina, Alabama, Florida and Louisiana.
His greatest gift was his example of service, dedication and faith that he provided to his children. Bill demonstrated faith in action as an active member of his church and volunteer in his community. He served as an RCIA sponsor, led meditation groups, volunteered at a local Catholic high school and volunteered at a home for those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
Throughout his life he sacrificed for others, pushing beyond pain to be there to support and encourage his children and grandchildren, giving up his own comfort to ease the burden of others.
Every day he will be missed, but his presence in Heaven will continue to serve blessings to those left behind.
Bill will be honored with a memorial service in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and will later be honored with a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery.
Published on April 2, 2017