J. William (Bill) Himmelreich
October 11, 1929 - February 11, 2017
J. William (Bill) Himmelreich passed away on February 11, 2017, in Germantown. He was born on October 11, 1929, in Reading, Pennsylvania to Jesse Lachman Himmelreich and Eva Sattizahn Himmelreich. He is survived by his wife, Marian Junkermann Himmelreich, his children and their spouses (David and Stella Himmelreich, Eric and Denise Himmelreich, Lynn Gillcrist, and Eva and Carlo Pirani), 12 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Bill graduated from the Ohio State University with a Master's Degree in Philosophy, served as a Major in the United States Air Force, and worked as a commercial airline pilot for over 25 years before retiring from Northwest Airlines in 1986. Bill served as President of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Memphis. Bill was an avid classical music collector, and supported the arts, including the IRIS Orchestra of Germantown. He donated his body to the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.
A visitation in celebration of Bill's life will be held on March 25, 2017, from 10:00 until noon, in the Green Room at GPAC, 1801 Exeter Road, in Germantown. In Iieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice .
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Feb. 15, 2017
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