Posted: Sunday, February 9, 2014 10:05 pm
DESERT EDGE, Calif. — William Edward Joyce, 86, of Desert Edge, passed away Nov. 22, 2013 in San Diego, Calif.
He was born Sept. 23, 1927, to William Martin Joyce and Naomi Leek in Frostburg.
He married Lorna Marie Wellings on Sept. 21, 1946 in Frostburg.
He worked for ABL Aerospace for 40 years. He was a member of the VFW. He served in the United States Army from Oct. 12, 1946 to March 31, 1948 as a PFC. He received the World War II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Japan Medal as an A/B Parachutist and Rifleman and Machine Gun Marksman.
He is survived by his sons, Gary Joyce of Twentynine Palms, Calif. and James Joyce of Big Bear, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Donna Joyce of Twentynine Palms; son-in-law, Jack Draper of Big Bear; sisters, Naomi Smith of Baton Rouge, La., Ann Marie Minnick of Frostburg, and Patsy Evans of Eckhard; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service in his honor was held on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cathedral City, Calif., followed by placement at the mausoleum.