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William Daniel Meskill

Obituary for William Daniel Meskill

August 13, 1929 - April 6, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 88

... always brought a gentle touch and words of encouragement ...


A native and lifelong Texan, Bill was born to Cora Westerlage Tarpey and Richard Joseph Meskill at Fort Sam Houston in 1929. He was raised in a loving, religious, education-focused household with his four older siblings, Schotsy (Sr. Miriam), Richard, Cora Lee and Jane. As a young boy, he developed a love of sports - caddying, and playing high school basketball, baseball and football.

In 1946, having just turned 17, he began his college studies at St. Mary's University in San Antonio. In 1948, he became the sports editor of the Rattler student newspaper. He graduated in 1950 with a BA in history and philosophy, and a BS in physics and mathematics. He began graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin, then enlisted in the Air Force in 1951. In 1952, he graduated from Officer Candidate School at Lackland AFB, which he said was the "hardest school in my life".

Bill met the love of his life, Frances Kathryn Hohman, in September 1959. They were married on August 20, 1960, at St. Mary Magdalene's Church in San Antonio. Three children quickly followed - Suzanne, Bill Jr., and Michael. Numerous cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews rounded out a close family circle that celebrated holidays together, sometimes vacationed together, and just spent casual time together.

Bill served in the Air Force for 31 years as an airman, officer and civil servant. During his civil service, he was ultimately the Technical Director of the Joint Electronic Warfare Center. He received numerous awards and medals, including an Award and Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service in 1973, a Medal and Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service in 1977, and the Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award in 1987. Upon retirement, he received a letter of appreciation and congratulation from President Ronald Reagan.

Bill was a sports enthusiast and avid golfer. He played a weekly round of golf with friends, "shot his age" several times, and scored two elusive holes-in-one in his seventies. He loved participating with his kids' sports, coaching Bill Jr's and Michael's baseball teams, where he always brought a gentle touch and words of encouragement to develop all the players. He could often be found joining the kids in the neighborhood in basketball, football, and ping pong.

Bill loved and was especially proud of his seven grandchildren – Katy, Michelle, David, Allison, Matthew, Mark and William. They brought him immeasurable joy and he was unfailingly kind, positive and supportive, frequently traveling to spend time with them and always supporting them in their academic, artistic and sports endeavors.

Most of all, he adored his wife, Frances. Throughout her life, Bill was her advocate, champion and protector. He supported her going back to college and graduate school, and her career as both a prolific artist and archeologist/anthropologist. In the 1990s, they enjoyed their special role as new grandparents – babysitting, going on picnics, celebrating birthdays and vacationing in Hawaii.

The family wishes to thank all the friends and extended family who so lovingly visited, cared for, prayed with and supported Bill during his final days, weeks and months.

Bill is survived by his sister, Cora Elizabeth Meskill; his three children, Suzanne Meskill Doughty and fiancé William Anthony Ciarfella, William Daniel Meskill, Jr. and wife Connie DeChant Meskill, Michael Francis Meskill and wife Renee Miller Meskill; and his seven grandchildren, Katherine Lindsay Doughty, Michelle Frances Doughty, William David Meskill, Allison Frances Meskill, Matthew Thomas Meskill, Mark Daniel Meskill and William John Meskill.

A Rosary will be held at 9:30 am on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will follow at 10:00 am. A reception will immediately follow the Mass at Holy Spirit, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery at 1:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Incarnate Word Convent, 3400 Bradford Street, Houston, TX, 77025.

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San Antonio, TX 78212
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