William Paul Wehrly passed away April 17, 2014, surrounded by his loved ones at his home.
He was 92 years old and a resident of Fairfield for 48 years. He was a wonderful father, friend and neighbor who was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was known to most everyone as Bill. William was loved by those who knew him and will be greatly missed by all and forever in our hearts.
William was born in Ozone, Ark., and grew up in Lyndon, Kan., and Nevada, Mo. He went to work at the age of 13 to help support his family and worked hard all of his life. He was married for 62 years to the love of his life, Florence. His greatest joy in life was his faith in God and his family. William was a very devout Catholic and a great family man who always put his family before himself. He enlisted in the Army Air Force and served his country in England from 1942 to 1945 during World War II. After his military service, he became a head meat cutter and retired in 1985 from the Food Fair store in Vacaville. In his retirement, he enjoyed attending daily Mass, gardening, traveling, reading, woodworking and helping the poor.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence, in 2004.
He is survived by his children, Gerald (Cathy) of Georgetown, Calif., Robert (Roxanna) of Vancouver, Wa., Patrick (Carolotta) of St Lucia, Fla., Marcus (Janet) of Emmett, Kan., Mary Wehrly of Suisun Valley, Calif., Cecilia (Carl) Johnson of Fairfield, Calif., Christina (David) Watson of Sacramento, Calif; brother, Manfred (Dorothy) Wehrly of Lenexa, Kan.; sister, Charlotte (Wallace) Broker of Phoenix, Ariz.; 23 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the neighbors and friends who have been so thoughtful and helpful during the last few years of his life.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. with rosary at 6 p.m. April 23, 2014, at Fairfield Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1050 N. Texas St., Fairfield, Calif., with Rev. Michael Downey officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Alphonsus Catholic Cemetery, 1707 Union Ave., Fairfield, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Spirit Church or Alpha Pregnancy Clinics of Northern California.
Arrangements under the care of Fairfield Funeral Home, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave., Fairfield, Calif., 94533; 707-425-1041.