William “Bill” M. Gervell, age 74, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2021 into the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ. He was a resident of Colorado Springs, CO for 51 years and was formerly a resident of Anchorage, AK. He was a Retired (Disabled) Veteran of 20 years in the Navy and Coast Guard.
Bill was born on January 12, 1947 to William M. Gervell, Sr. and Mary Ann (Salemi) Gervell in Memphis, TN. On April 25, 1992 he married Patricia Gribble in Colorado Springs, CO.
Bill loved the outdoors; fishing, running and biking. He was an avid reader and enjoyed reading a good fantasy science fiction novel and the challenge of a good crossword puzzle in the daily paper. He was a faithful fan of the Oakland Raiders and the AFA Falcon football teams. He was a longtime member of Village Seven Presbyterian Church where he took great pride in his ushering duties. He attended Anchorage High School, graduating in 1965. Bill proudly served this country he loved spending 10 years in the United States Navy followed by 10 years in the United States Coast Guard retiring at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2. Following his military service, Bill worked for 20 years as a rural route postal carrier in Colorado Springs; always going the extra mile for those on his route.
Bill will be dearly missed and remembered by those who knew him for his big heart, generous spirit, dry sense of humor, and big smile. He leaves behind many who got to know and love him. He is survived by his loving wife Pat, his brother Mike, sister Phyllis and brother Tom who all reside in Anchorage, AK; in Colorado Springs Dave (Beth) Gribble, Bill (Holly) Gribble, 7 nieces and nephews and 9 great nieces and nephews and his two, four-legged family members Maggie and Chloe. He was preceded in death by his parents: William M. Gervell, Sr and Mary Ann Gervell.
A celebration of his life, with military honors, will be held at 2pm on Friday, April 16th, at the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, at 1730 East Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910 (ph# 719-634-1597). A private inurnment will follow at the Shrine of Remembrance’s Columbarium.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bill’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517, www.woundedwarriorproject.org or the Bruce McCandless Veterans Living Center, ATTN: Rhonda, 903 Moore Drive, Florence, CO 81226 or any Veteran charity of their choice.
The family wishes to express their deep gratitude & appreciation to all the staff at the Bruce McCandless Veterans Living Center & Sangre de Cristo Hospice for all the love, care and respect they showed Bill.
“Bill – GO REST HIGH ON THAT MOUNTAIN until we’re together again!” Love Pat.