IN MEMORIAM

William J Gebo

1st Anniversary
In Loving Memory Of
William J. Gebo
October 5, 1924 - January 18, 2017
William J. Gebo, 90 died surrounded by family on January 18, 2017. A veteran of World War II, he served aboard the U.S.S. Shangri-la CV-38 as a Seaman 1/C from 1943 to 1946.

Bill was honored by an official burial at sea ceremony which took place on September 29, 2017. Conforming to naval tradition, the ship was stopped, colors displayed at half-mast, and the participating officers and crew were paraded in the service dress blue uniform just 220 miles South West of Cadiz, Spain. The Ship's Executive Officer, Commander Joe Fals, served as the Master of Ceremonies. The ship's Chaplain, Lieutenant Mike Taulbee, presided over the religious ceremony and the committal. Allen Siegrist served as the guest speaker as well as the Presiding Officer. In addition, a three person rifle squad with Officer-In-Charge, urn bearers, and an honor platoon were formed from the crew of the USS James E. Williams. The ceremony included a traditional 21 gun salute as well as a prayer service.

Bill was a brave and loyal sailor, as well as a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Emily Wolfram Gebo, and his three daughters, Cynthia (Peter Sohl), Sharon (Glenn Witkum), and Stacie (Michael Kisiel). Bill is also survived by seven granddaughters, Valerie Witkum, Krista Witkum Hannon, Mallory Sohl, Melanie Sohl, Emily Kisiel, Allison Kisiel, and Olivia Kisiel. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Ava Klemm, and Emma Witkum; and nephews and niece, Kevin G Kittredge, Stephen F Defeo Jr, and Sherylann Smith. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Mary Gebo, as well as his three sisters, Gertrude Kent, Claire Kittredge, and Shirley DeFeo.
Published in The Eagle Tribune

 

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