Fuquay-Varina - William Henry Laughlin passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Windsor Point, 1221 Broad Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC.
He was born in Paris, Illinois, on August 28, 1922, and grew up in Vineland, NJ. As an adult, he and his wife, Virginia, moved to College Park, MD, where they raised four (4) children: Patricia, Cary, Susan, and John. Bill served in the Army during World War II in the US and Europe. After graduating from Pennsylvania Military College (PMC), with a degree in electrical engineering; he then worked at IBM as a customer engineer until his retirement in 1984. In their later years, Bill and Ginny lived in Frederick, MD, and then in Fuquay-Varina, NC.
Bill is survived by his wife, Virginia of 70 years; children, Patricia Bair, Cary Kuhar, Susan Reynolds and John Laughlin and wife, Salomé; grandchildren, Kate Bishop (Alex), Scott Reynolds, Laura Emilie Nelson (Howard), and Gregory Bair; 2 great-grandchildren, Sophia Kathleen Mellado and Hazel Summerlyn Nelson; sister, Peggy Bushman; several cousins in West Virginia, many nieces and nephews in the Midwest.
Saturday October 21st, 2017
1221 Broad Street
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
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I won’t soon forget that wry smile that would escape Bill as he and Ginny would recount the story of an ornery little boy, who sat down on a street corner at the New York World’s fair and refused to budge much to dismay of the group he was with who may have had other plans while at the fair. As this story came to be a fond memory instead of what is was originally, we hope that the time will eventually come that the fondness of good memories overcomes the sorrow that you feel.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences,
Roger and Sharon Keszler ,
son and daughter-in-law of Katherine Keszler(Zenko), a lifelong pal to Aunt Ginny and Uncle Bill.
Submitted by Roger Keszler on Oct 20 2017 03:16:59 PM
I met Bill and Ginny in 2008 when they moved to apt at Homewood from Crestwood just down the hall from my mother. I had just just moved into Crestwood, so over the years until my mothers death in May 2011, we were always talking to each other. Ginny and my mother ate together in nursing facility and I would sometimes go over to the assisted living dining hall to talk to Bill.
It was in 2011 that Ginny asked me to come join her, Bill and her daughter Cary in her room for lunch. Cary was bringing food in. It was not until then that I learned Cary was someone I had worked with at Montgomery County Gov't and that Cary was my current next door neighbor's daughter boss at Montgomery County Public Schools.
I really enjoyed my time with Bill and Ginny and missed them when they moved to North Carolina.
My condolences go out to the whole family on the loss of Bill.
Submitted by Linda Lugar on Oct 19 2017 11:45:43 AM
I might have been about ten years old when Uncle Bill took me to see the IBM computer he worked on. This was the late 50's or early 60's and the tour was spectacular. We walked through corridors lined with floor to ceiling machines with giant tape spools spinning madly. I still think fondly of how nice it was he took and the time to show the machine to a kid.
Not too long ago, I re-read the autobiographical sketch he wrote some time back. The amazing and personal story is also a fascinating historical account of the times in which he lived.
Submitted by Tom Buschman on Oct 18 2017 07:56:01 PM
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