William “Bill” Howard Menkins, 78, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017, at his home in Joshua, Texas, after a long illness.
He was born on September 4, 1938, to Harrison and Marcia (Middleton) Menkins, in Syracuse, New York. Bill graduated from Onondaga High School in 1956 and enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly afterward. In the Army, he rose to the rank of First Sergeant, served two tours of duty in Vietnam, and retired after 27 years. In Vietnam, Bill was a member of the Special Forces (Green Beret), was wounded in combat, and was awarded the Purple Heart. Bill also received the Bronze Star in addition to numerous other medals and awards throughout his career.
Bill loved cars, and enjoyed reading, and joking with family and friends. He will be laid to rest at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.
Bill’s parents, Harrison and Marcia; and brother, Richard Menkins, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Yvonne; his daughters, Deborah Menkins (Mark Orabuena), of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Lori (Christopher) Huber, of Jamesport, New York, and Patty (Carlos) Casillas, of Joshua, Texas; and his grandchildren, Dylan, Thomas, Matthew, Sydney and Cainan. He is also survived by his brother, Carl “Skip” Menkins; and his sisters, Lynda Boylan, and Kathleen Thornton.