William Desmond O’Steen, Sr.

February 12, 1935 - April 3, 2015
William Desmond O’Steen, Sr.


William D. “Bill” O’Steen Sr., of Oak Island passed away at the age of 80 on Friday April 3, 2015 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Bill was born in New Bern, North Carolina on February 12, 1935 to Archie and Inez O’Steen.

Bill worked as an industrial electrician for 35 years with several local companies including; Fluor Daniels, GE, Federal Paper, and the Sutton Power Plant.

Bill served his country in the Army and received an honorable medical discharge.

Bill loved to hunt and fish and was a regular on 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 and sister Linda, three sons; Desi and his wife Mary, Steve and his wife Debbie, 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 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

A service to celebrate Bill’s life will follow at 11:00 AM, Reverend 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.

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  • April 06, 2015
    Brian and Alison Mason says:
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We hope all the beautiful memories you shared will offer comfort during this difficult time.

  • April 06, 2015
    Kathy Stokley says:
    It's seldom that I find myself at a loss for words but I can't express the love I have for all of you. You have been and will always be my family. What a great picture and seems like he's just getting ready to say something to make us laugh and laughter has always been a part of your family's lives. My heart hurts because your hearts hurt. I will always miss you but my life is so much richer because Bill and all of the Osteen family wrapped me in your arms of love for so many years. Hard to say good bye but you leave a legacy behind that speaks volumes of a life well lived. The love you and Betty shared is like none other. Peace, Light and Love....Kat

  • April 07, 2015
    Jon & Lorraine Mason says:
    God's peace and grace for you and your family.

  • April 07, 2015
    Forrest and Mary Jane Duncan says:
    Our deepest condolences.