William C. Reese, Jr.

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“God bless you, Susan and your family. I am truly sorry for your loss. Bill was a great guy, and not bad to work with either. I am keeping you all in...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Walter Roderick Sr. - Berlin , MD

“I first met Bill in 1995 when I attended the aircraft restoration seminar at the Air & Space Museum. A few years later I had the great experience of...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Jim Purton - Fredericksburg, VA

“We had a wonderful, happy day in October when all the family got together the day before Hurricane Sandy. Bill was his usual funny, happy self. Hap...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Carmen and Hap Beecher - FL

“Susan, I was so sorry to hear of Bills passing. He was such a great guy - humble, great sense of humor and love for humanity. You guys were such a...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Chris Goldsmith - Manassas, VA

“Bill Thanks for your friendship and support. Will miss you. Was hoping to see you in July Your Oz Mate! /dlh. ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: David Hallam - Queanbeyan

“Susie, Bill stays in our heart and our heart goes out to you. ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Caroline and Yannick Morel - VA

“Visited with Bill when I went to Silver Hill. Thoughts and prayers are with his familly. ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: Eugene Sanders - locust grove, VA

“We feel very sorry for your loss. We hold very positive memories of Bill and remember him as a very good friend of our sun Chris Ariane and...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Bill van Schaardenburgh

“So very sorry for your loss Susie, Sarah, and all who called Bill friend. Thanks bill for all your wisdom, advice, and good humor to me and my family...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Russell, Natalie, and Ian Lee - VA

“Dear Susan and Sarah, We are deeply sorry for your loss. Bill was quite a guy. We have very good memories of times with all of you and I have...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Garry & Zayna Cline - La Conner, WA

“Please accept our most heartfelt condolences from Josie and I. I always enjoyed talking to "Little Bill". He was a ver unique and special person and...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Mike & Josie Bentley - Columbia, PA

“I am sending thoughts and prayers to Bill's friends and family. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend, husband and father. Please know you...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Heather Wood - Shawnee, KS

“When we were putting together the EnolaGay back in the summer of 2003 Bill was our happy greeter for the United crew of 19. We would pick his brain...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Gary Berrian - Oak Hill, VA

“We are proud of Bill for his hard work and accomplishments. His guidance to me especially when I left the Navy. He is cherished by the both of us. He...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Scott and Ena Wood - Fairfax, VA

“Bill you were a friend and mentor that put me on a path I never thought possible or probable: working with the nations aerospace treasures. May God...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: John Shatz - Ft washington, MD

“Bill – We haven’t known you as long as other friends but we are so grateful that our children tied to knot and we all became family. We enjoyed...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: L:ori & Dave Derr

“Bill - I can't begin to count the times you were there for me over the past 20 years. Work stuff, family stuff, mechanical stuff...It didn't matter....Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Lars McLamore - Centreville, VA

“Bill- we shared so many good times together-we had fun, worked hard,and made a lasting contribution to history's memory. Your love of family and...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Karl Heinzel - friend, co-worker


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Suddenly on November 15, 2012 in Falls Church, VA at the age of 61.

Bill grew up in Columbia, Pennsylvania. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Congo in the early 1970's before moving to Northern Virginia. A longtime resident of Arlington, VA, he retired after 30 years from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum where he began his career as a Museum Technician and eventually served as Chief of Restoration.

He was preceded in death by his father, William C. Reese, Sr. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Susan Reese; beloved daughter, Sarah (Jeff) Derr; cherished granddaughter, Payton Derr; mother, Claire Reese; sisters, Ann Shaub and Carol Markley; nieces, Kirstie Williams and Carrie Clair; nephew, Nicholas Markley and their families.

A service will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1 PM at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22302.

Bill was a founding board member of The Eric Fund, an organization that helps children and adults with disabilities lead more independent lives. The family requests that donations be made in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Eric Fund, P.O. Box 65188, Washington DC 20035-5188, www.ericfund.org