William Burke Lawless, 94, Colorado Springs, passed away peacefully at home, while surrounded by his family in the afternoon of June 22, 2014.
William began his life's journey on October 13, 1919, in Wesley, Iowa. He moved shortly thereafter to a farm in Chatsworth, Illinois where he grew up with his family. Instead of staying on the farm he enlisted in the Army, and in 1937 joined the Strategic Air Command.
William served his country as a navigator on a bomber aircraft. His travels took him to England, Japan, Guam, Greenland, and many different places in the United States.
Williams journey eventually led him to Hutchison, Kansas, where he met Ethel Mae Renfroe in February of 1946. It was love at first sight and they were married in March. The two traveled until they arrived in Colorado Springs, where they settled and lived out the rest of their days together with the family they started.
William is greeted in Heaven by his wife, Ethel M. Lawless, their daughter Pamela Yount, his brothers Jack and Bob Lawless, and his sister, Eileen Davies.
He is survived and fondly remembered by his brother Frank Lawless, sister Donna Fisher, daughter, Nancy Cantino and her husband Edward, son Bill Lawless, daughter Cathie Bowen and her husband Scott, daughter Margaret Lawless, granddaughter Jenni Helgoth, granddaughter Katie Rose Borden, grandson Patrick Lawless, and five great grandchildren.
A Rosary will be held in Williams honor at 10:00 am, on thursday, June 26, 2014 at Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 S. Hancock Ave., Colorado Springs, CO. Contributions in William's name may be made to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church and/or Pikes Peak Hospice.
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