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William J. Pace

A brief memorial service will take place at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Exeter on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 7:30 p.m. for William J. Pace. Final resting place will be at Clover Hill Cemetery, Clover Hill, Va., next to Louise, together again.

William peacefully passed away Aug. 4 after a well-lived 90 years.

He was born to Esther M. Upton and Harvey L. Pace in Lockney, Texas. At the age of three, the family came to California and made their home in Roseville.

He married the woman of his dreams, Louise Senger Floyd who preceded him in death six years ago. Together they raised two children in San Diego, Dean J. Pace of Sandy, Ore. and Barbara-Olivia Lynn Mainwaring of Exeter.

Bill served in the U.S. Navy for thirty years and two months. He enlisted just two months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and during the war served in the South Pacific for forty-one months. At the war’s end, he settled in San Diego. After his retirement from the Navy, he worked for the San Diego Gas and Electric Company and retired once again.

It took much prodding but just shy of his 90th birthday, he came to live with his daughter’s family in Exeter. He loved Exeter, previously having spent six months here rehabbing from a broken hip. He loved attending the high school football games with the “best seat in the stadium,” right in front of the cheer leaders. Bill was so touched when the EUHS chorus came out of class to sing “Happy Birthday” for his 90th. He loved being wheeled around town, looking at the murals, hearing the story of each one, and eating at Exeter’s local restaurants. After his failing health required more professional care, he moved to Magnolia Park in Visalia where he received attentive, round the clock care. The family extends their gratitude to those who were so kind to Bill, to the staff of Magnolia Park, and to the caregivers of Optimal Hospice.

In addition to his children, he is survived by five grandchildren: Emily Wollenman, Jordan Wollenman, Quinlynn Mainwaring, Dana Sitts, and Demi Pace. Also surviving are son-in-law Jim Mainwaring, daughter-in-law Olga Pace, and nephews Richard Pace, Bill Pace (AKA Little Bill) and his wife, Betty. Little Bill and Betty lovingly provided Bill with home-cooked meals until his relocation to Exeter.

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