William Edward Dempsey

October 19, 1928 - January 26, 2021
William Edward Dempsey


Our father, William Edward Dempsey, was born to Irish immigrants, Richard Joseph Martin 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”.

William Edward Dempsey passed at 92 years old on January 26, 2021, after living a full life. He was a veteran, serving the United States, in two branches of the military, both the Marine Corp. and the Navy.

He married our mother, Sandra M. Dempsey in 1957, up until August 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. Also, 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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  • February 02, 2021
    Jim Dempsey says:
    Debbie , Dori and Deanna Let me take a moment to extend my deepest sympathies to you all , you have all been in my thoughts and prayers for the past several days . I can’t begin to to tell you how much your Dad meant to me and only wish I could have been able to spend time with him . God bless you all and may Uncle Bill Rest In Peace !!!

  • February 02, 2021
    Jim Dempsey lit a candle:
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