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Bill Avey

December 16, 2015 3:30 am BY THE LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR


William D. "Bill" Avey, 78, of Lincoln, died Saturday, 12/12/2015 after a three year battle with cancer. Born to Donald and Blanche (Gallagher) Avey. Retired Nebraska Air Guard, aircraft maintenance superintendent (CMS), 39 years and was deployed several times during his career.

HVAC instructor at SCC Lincoln for 18 years. He was owner of Avey's "HVAC".As a youth, Bill loved the farm and all the great experiences to be found. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1955, and attended the University of Nebraska. He joined the Nebraska Air Guard and started a very rewarding career.

He married Margaret Mueller in 1960. He enjoyed both water and snow skiing and became quite accomplished at both. He competed in many marathons and road races. Bill loved being creative and working with his hands. He built and raced many mini sprint cars.

He was always ready to help others. He was a friend of Bill W. He was a member of Cornhusker Ski Club and Independence Center Alumni Association.
Survivors: wife, Margaret; daughter, Susanne (Terry) Califf of Lincoln; granddaughter, Yelena Califf of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Twila Avey of Lincoln; special friends to Bill & Margaret, Patricia & Jerry Frain of Lincoln. Preceded in death by his son, Michael, parents, and brother, Robert.

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, 12/16, at St. John's Catholic Church, 7601 Vine Street with Father Lyle Johnson. Rosary: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 4040 A Street. Burial: Calvary Cemetery. Visitation after 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials to church, Independence Alumni Association, or St. Elizabeth Hospice.

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Steve Spaur Lincoln Northeast High School

Bill has been a longtime friend. Enjoyed working with him on his cabin. Spending the 4th of July with his family. Hours and hours of fishing. My prayers go out to Marget and his daughter Susie. He will be missed, but we grow in knowing that he is no longer living in pain, his spirit is living with our heavenly father

Deborah Luich Mentor High School

Dear Avey famiies, my sincere condolence to you all. I know the promses in the Bible give much comfort We are assured at John 5:28,29 that, "all those in the memorial tombs will his voice and come out." You can find more encouragement at the website. Look under publictions for the brochure entitled, When Someone You Love Dies.Again I am very sorry for your lloss. Deborah Luich from NC

Jeff Langloss Round Rock, Texas

Dear Avey family sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in our prayers and thought.

Roger Lempke Direcgtor of Military & Veterans Affairs at Office of U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

My success in the National Guard is totally and completely because of outstanding NCO's like Bill Avey that showed me how to understand and work the outstanding citizen-airmen in Maintenance. He was quiet, unassuming, but always spoke up at just the right moment. Some will recall that the 155th Maintenance Squadron won the Air Force Reconnaissance Meet trophy in 1987 for best maintenance competing against active duty and allied nation units--this was the team Bill helped build.

Matt Avey Lincoln, Nebraska


Thank you so much for sharing this. I am finding out more and more about my uncle from folks in different circles. As his nephew, I already knew how talented my uncle was at his trades. He was pretty darn brilliant if you ask me, but it is great to hear about the professional side of him and his work for our country. Thanks a bunch for sharing this!

Susan Link

I am so sorry to hear about Bill's passing. I had the good fortune of getting to work with Bill at the NEANG. It was an honor knowing and serving with him.