William Roy Coryell

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William Roy Coryell, age 72 of Buckeye, AZ died March 30, 2019, in Goodyear, AZ. He was born March 15, 1947, in Mt. Clemens, MI, the oldest of four children born to Earl and Grace Ruehle Coryell. He grew up in Northern California. He was a good athlete in high school and lettered in Track and Field and Cross Country.

William was a proud member of the US Marine Corps and was honored to serve two tours of duty in Vietnam. Both tours were cut short because of wounds that he received, the second wound initiating an honorable discharge. As a result of his service, William earned the National Defense Medal, the Armed Forces Expedition Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, and the Purple Heart. He was a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and VFW.

William was the lead custodian for the Cartwright Elementary School District. Though his behavior was sometimes rough, he was always aware of the wants of the children and would often quietly purchase needed items for them. He never let his injured knee stand in the way of serving others, and helped install flooring for many people, despite having a leg that would not bend.

William was a great husband, father, and grandfather. He met his wife, Sandra at the Orange Show in San Bernadino, CA. They were married for 50 years and were the best of friends. They did everything together, including babysitting their granddaughter, Lilly from the time that she was born. He worked hard to ensure that his children had what they needed as well as what they wanted. He loved them no matter what and took time to be with them and teach them valuable lessons, like car repair and fishing.

William’s granddaughter Lilly was the love of his life. He felt blessed to have the ability to spend so much time with her. He taught her how to fish, played Barbie’s, had tea parties, took her to Disney on Ice, the Grand Canyon, Bearizona, Disney Land, and horseback riding every other week. He even allowed her to practice her budding makeup skills on him. His family loved him dearly, and his oft-repeated reply still rings true, “Love you more!”

William is survived by his wife, Sandra June Coryell; daughters, June Coryell, and Melissa Garsha; son, Roy Coryell; sisters, Kathy Sweetland, and Lynda Bonacci; brother, Robert Coryell; grandson, Tyler Coryell; and granddaughter, Lillian Garsha. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Coryell. Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.

9 Comments on “William Roy Coryell

  1. I love you dad❤️You were the greatest to all us and I will treasure every moment with you and all the great memories. You have taught Lilly many things and I will continue the tradition of all the things you did with her. I will see you again I love you daddy❤️

  2. How I will remember my dad that he was always there for me. I always love working on cars with him. He always make fun of me on my baseball team. The best thing was going to Disneyland. Just my dad hugs I will miss alot. But I love my dad and miss him so much.

  3. I love you dad so much. You were my everything. I will promise you that everything you did with lilly I keep that going. I miss you so much cant wait to see you again. I love daddy.

  4. I will always remember all the wonderful help Bill gave me at Spitalny Elementary School.. He was so helpful. I never heard him complain even when he had to get on the floor to raise and lower those awful desk legs! I always had great respect for him as a veteran. He suffered so much for having served his country. He has been in my thoughts many times. His love for his family and, yes, even Muffy, knew no limits. Thank you, Bill, for being a good friend.

  5. Melissa, Lilly, Kelvin and family we are praying for you all and hope you all can find peace in knowing he is no longer suffering and watching over you all! Please let us know if we can do anything at all! He sounds like he was an amazing father,grandpa, and husband may his memory live on forever, we appreciate his service and will honor his life with you all on April 13th! Sending lots of love and prayers during such a difficult time!! <3 Boyds

  6. Reading this brought me to tears. I have memories that date back to softball. Just know that those little things he used to do for the kids at school and the love he had for his family, especially his granddaughter is what he will be remembered for. I know that this is a very difficult time but all of those special memories will help you get through this. Love to all of you!

  7. I worked with Bill for many years at Spitalny School. He was always good to me. He was a big guy with determination and he could fix just about anything. Once he started he wouldn’t let it go until it met his satisfaction. He also had a soft side, like a teddy bear! You only needed to ask a few questions about his personal interests and his face lit up in smiles and a softer Bill emerged. That’s the Bill I remember. Rest In Peace Friend.

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