William Desmond O’Steen Sr., 80, regular at Oak Island fishing piers

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William Desmond O'Steen Sr.
William Desmond O’Steen Sr.

William Desmond O’Steen Sr., of Oak Island, died Friday, April 3, 2015, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was 80.

Bill was born in New Bern on Feb. 12, 1935, to Archie and Inez O’Steen. Bill worked as an industrial electrician for 35 years with several local companies, including Fluor Daniels, General Electric, Federal Paper and the Sutton Power Plant. Bill served his country in the U.S. Army and received an honorable medical discharge.

Bill loved to hunt and fish and was a regular at the Oak Island fishing piers. Bill always enjoyed drawing and painting and took several painting classes from the Franklin Square Center in Southport.

Bill celebrated 60 years of marriage to his wife Betty this past December. During their retirement, he and Betty enjoyed traveling and visited several places together such as Hawaii, Alaska, Canada and the Bahamas.

Bill is survived by his wife, Betty; brother, Edward; sister, Linda; three sons, Desi and his wife, Mary, Steve and his wife, Debbie and Keith; daughter, Cheryl and her husband, Steve; and eight grandchildren, Nick, Steven, Christopher, Erika, Isabella, Roman, Jojo (sugar britches) and Riley.

The family will receive friends at a visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel. A service to celebrate Bill’s life will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Rene Pare officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Unity Christ Church of Wilmington , 717 Orchard Ave., Wilmington, NC 28403 or a charity of one’s choice.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation.

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