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William (Bill) Ganem, Jr.

Obituary for William (Bill) Ganem, Jr.

October 25, 1927 - January 10, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 90

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William J. Ganem Jr., beloved father and grandfather, went to be with our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the age of 90. We have truly lost an honorable man.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Esther Hage Ganem. Born in Gonzales, Texas to William J. Ganem Sr. and Virginia Moses Ganem, he was raised in Corpus Christi where he graduated from Corpus Christi Academy. As a young athlete, he was recruited by the St. Louis Cardinals major league baseball but never wanted to leave his beloved family and friends. A generous soul the size of Texas, he never turned down anyone in need nor any charity. He lived his life as a true Christian.

A member of the U.S. Army, Bill served in the Korean War 1951-1952. He met his beloved wife at a Lebanese-American convention in Austin and they married in 1954. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 34 years, then worked for the UT Postal Service for 13 years. He wore many hats, but most notably had a knack for drilling bowling balls to perfection and opened Ganem's Pro Shop in the 80s. He was Past Director and President of the Austin Bowling Association, as well as Past Bowler of the Year. He always looked forward to attending the annual Korean War Reunion of the 700 Ordnance Division with exuberance. Recently, he could be found twice a day enjoying coffee with his friends and staff at Dart Bowl Cafe. They were his extended family and we thank them for all they did.

Bill is survived by his three children, Deborah Ganem of Austin, Patricia (Dan) Ogle of San Antonio, and Billy (Spring) Ganem of Hutto; grandchildren Brock, Tyler (Carlee)and Mandy Ogle, and Pixie (Zach) Pearl and Will Ganem; sister-in-law Carolyn Ganem of Corpus Christi, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and uncles.

Bill was a longtime member of St. Louis Catholic Church for 59 years, where his faith never faltered. He never missed a Saturday mass. His gentility, unaffected disposition, and irrepressible personality invited joy; and his humor, playful antics, and innate generous spirit was unequaled. As he joins our mother, his parents and brothers, we picture them all sitting and reminiscing as they watch over us. Death will not diminish their devotion to us, nor to our Lord.

Visitation is Sunday, January 14 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, with Recitation of the Rosary at 6:00 pm. Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 15 at St. Louis Catholic Church, 7601 Burnet Rd. Entombment will be at Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum, 3650 S. IH 35, with a reception following at St. Louis Church Hall.

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Austin, TX 78705
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