William Edward ‘Bill’ Dempsey, 92, loving husband, father and grandfather

William Edward ‘Bill’ Dempsey

WILMINGTON — William Edward Dempsey, 92, passed Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, after living a full life. He was a veteran, serving the United States in two branches of the military; the Marine Corps and the Navy.

Our father, William Edward Dempsey, was born to Irish immigrants, Joseph M. Dempsey and Eugenia Marcile Dempsey. They settled in the Midwest with a family of seven siblings. They were Robert E. Dempsey, James V. Dempsey, Richard Jack Dempsey, Margaret Mary Seely, Elizabeth L. Wald and Jeanne Livengood.

Survived by one brother, Peter B. Dempsey, and closest family cousin, Mary Sheridan, he will be leaving many nieces and nephews behind, too many to name, and most of them fondly referred to him as their favorite, “Uncle Bill.”

He married our mother, Sandra M. Dempsey, in 1957. They were married until Aug. 20, 2016, when she passed. They had been married 59 years. They had three daughters, Deborah K. Dempsey Lockwood, Dori Dempsey Rieck and Deanna Davis; six grandchildren, Spencer William Rieck, Jacob A. Rieck, Daniel D. Lockwood, Caleigh Lockwood, Jacqulin Latham and Joseph Karam; and four great-grandchildren, Jace Karam, Loughton Karam, Olivia Karam and GraceLyn Latham.

Bill Dempsey was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He taught us to enjoy life to the fullest and cherish family.

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