Billy Pat Rosseau, 93, W&M graduate and U.S. Army veteran

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Billy Pat Rosseau
Billy Pat Rosseau

Retired U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Billy Pat Rosseau, 93, of Emporia, departed this life surrounded by his family after an extended illness at his home near Purdy.

Born in Richlands on November 18, 1922, to Charles Baltzell and Olivia Hurt Rosseau, he was the youngest of their five children.

Bill grew up in the Williamsburg area, his father an early employee of the Restoration. He graduated from Matthew Whaley High School and attended the Apprentice School training as a shipwright in Newport News during the early years of World War II. Joining the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943, he trained as a flight engineer on the B-17 Flying Fortress and returned to the Peninsula to finish his apprenticeship at the end of the war.

There, he met his future wife, Evelyn, a nursing student at Riverside Hospital. They married in December of 1947 and moved to Williamsburg, where he attended the College of William & Mary. Serving in the U.S. National Guard, he re-entered the U.S. Army in 1950 and was deployed to Korea in 1952. Billy remained in the U.S. Army serving in the Ordinance Corps on the Sergeant Missile Project in White Sands Missile Range, N.M.; Redstone Arsenal, Ala., Fort Sill, Okla., and in Germany. He retired as a chief warrant officer on August 4, 1968.

Billy and his family moved to his wife’s childhood home outside of Emporia, building a home for his family. There, he took up farming, a life-long dream; and golf, a life-long passion. He loved the outdoors, his family, his country and his church. A member and former presiding elder of Aberdour Presbyterian Church, his smile and gentle spirit will be missed.

His parents and siblings preceded him in death by many years.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Evelyn Wiley Rosseau, and their daughters, Brenda Rosseau and Pam Reilly, and her husband, Joe, of Williamsburg; son, William Patrick Rosseau of Emporia; and grandsons, Holden Rosseau of Greenville, N.C., and Brandon Rosseau of Jarratt.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at Owen Funeral Home, Jarratt. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Aberdour Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Aberdour Presbyterian Church, 702 Allen Road, Jarratt, VA 23867.

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