St. Petersburg, Fla. — William John Lounsbury died in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, July 6, 2002, after a brief illness.
Formerly a resident of Keeseville and Lockport, N.Y., Bill was born on Oct. 11, 1916, in Brooklyn. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lockport, a Mason with the Central City Lodge of Syracuse and a member of the Rotary of Clarence, N.Y. He was an active lay minister and twice was a missionary to Haiti. He also was a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society.
Bill is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruth (Baber) Lounsbury; one son and daughter-in-law, John B. and Barbara Lounsbury of Beverly, W.Va.; one daughter and son-in-law, Judith L. and Charles Willis of Tierra Verde, Fla.; one brother and sister-in-law, Robert H. and Doris Lounsbury of Squaw Valley, Ca.; five grandchildren, Ryan and Emily Lounsbury and Michael, Susan and John Elliott; six great-grandchildren, John and Nicole Elliott, Devin and Madison Elliott, Jordan Elliott and John Andrew Creel III; two nieces and two nephews, Barbara (Safford) Smith, Mary Anne (Safford) Rolls, James Lounsbury Safford and George Lounsbury.
He was predeceased by his parents, Anne (Andrews) and George Lounsbury; one sister, Rose (Lounsbury) Safford; and two nieces, Sue Ellen (Safford) Wright and Luise (Lounsbury) Soholt.
A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Lockport on Thursday, July 11 at 11 a.m. A burial service will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Keeseville on Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be to the Memorial Fund for Sound Equipment, First Baptist Church, 140 Genesee St., Lockport, NY 14094.