Graveside ServiceFort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio, Texas 78209
William Joseph Biddy, born January 18, 1926 in San Antonio, TX, passed away peacefully on August 12, 2021 in San Antonio TX at the age of 95. William is preceded in death by his parents Horace E. and Nellie (Shoemaker) Biddy, wife Mildred (Herzog) Biddy, brother Marquis Rowland Biddy, and grandson Myles Joseph Brewer.
He is survived by his second wife, Fannie Marie Ressler Biddy, children Nancy Jank, Lawrence Brewer and wife Darleen, Nina Nyman, Michael Biddy and wife Dollie, sister Nelvina Fisher, Grandchildren Jeffrey Lee, Andrew Jank, Venus Brewer, Ingrid Brewer, Demetrius Brewer, Darlene Biddy, Marshall Biddy, Kristine Brooks, Shawn Nyman, Kevin Nyman, and Madeline Constante; 18 Great-Grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
William was called by several alias. His childhood name was Billy Joe or Joe. When married to Mildred he was called Bill. And, when he married Marie he was called Will. The children would call him dad, pop, grandpa, or grandpop. William was a very artistic painter, mostly of Native American Indian Portraits and several outdoor seasonal paintings. He had a love for books and has written several books about his Navy days of World War II, others included a western novel and his personal memoir.
Growing up William was much like Tom Sawyer, always out and about with his buddies traveling the countryside and staying gone all weekend camping. William joined the U.S. Navy shortly after his 17th birthday. He was on the ship U.S.S. Hayes in the South Pacific and was a forerunner to scout the islands before the rest of the crew would land.
After leaving the Navy, he joined his father as a pressman working for the local San Antonio Newspaper. A few years after marrying Mildred they bought an Airstream and moved to California. He worked for another local newspaper until the death of his father and returned home. William eventually opened his own printing company, ADCO Printing. He also owned a to-go restaurant, Tom Sawyer’s Fish and Chicken. For a short time, William also managed East Side Pawn while still printing until his retirement.
William became a Master Mason in January 1951 with a total of 70 years. He was also a Shriner for a short period of time. William belonged to the Lion’s Club and would do various events for the Children’s camp in Kerrville.
William and his best friend would take time to go fishing at the coast or Lake Amistad. Besides fishing, there was always hunting for dove or deer.
Graveside service with National Honors and Masonic program will be conducted on Thursday, August 26, 2021 10:30am, at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.