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William Edward Germain, of Concord, California, passed away in his home on Saturday, January 5th, 2019. He was 75 years old. Lovingly known as Bill by family and friends, he will be deeply missed.
Born August 12th, 1942 in Ellicottville, New York, he was the son of the late William Harold and Gwen Germain.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Foussat Germain; a son, William Edward Germain Jr and his wife Noyme Germain; a daughter, Gail Germain; a brother, Robert Germain; a sister, Barbara Germain; six grandchildren, William Germain III, Timothy Germain, Brian Germain, Regina Ancheta, Amelia Nunez and William Nunez; a great granddaughter, Violet Boylen; three step children, Christine Taylor and husband Tom Taylor, Melissa Brakstad, and Robert Foussat and wife Krista Foussat; and five step-grandchildren, Miranda Taylor, Avery Foussat, Zane Foussat, Cole Foussat, and Tate Foussat.
Bill proudly served the United States Army for 33 years. Every time you saw Bill, he happily wore his Army Retired baseball cap. Bill’s service in the Army sent him to Ft. Waiwright in Alaska, Rhode Island, San Francisco’s Presidio, Giessen Army Depot in Germany, and Camp Casey in Korea.
Bill was a kind and gentle man who was guided by a caring heart. He enjoyed community service in his retirement and gave back by volunteering at his church’s food pantry and by
helping distribute groceries to residents in his apartment, the Plaza Towers. Bill was always available for a laugh and if you were lucky enough, he would share his infamous chocolate stash with you.
The family will receive friends and family for visitation on Saturday January 12th at Oak Park Hills Funeral Chapel in Walnut Creek, beginning at 2:30pm. Bill’s interment of ashes will take place at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on Thursday, January 17th at 11am with full military funeral honors. His Celebration of Life memorial services will be on Saturday, January 19th at 11am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Concord First Ward. The family requests flowers be sent to the church for his memorial. Donations may be made in Bill’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project.