William Child

William Otis Child

Friday, August 11th, 1933 - Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
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William Otis Child, of Arlington, Texas, passed away on the evening of Wednesday, August 5, 2020 after reaching the age of 86 years old. After months of declining health, he died at Arlington Memorial Hospital with his beloved wife Sue by his side and children with him virtually.

Memorial: A funeral mass will be celebrated at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 2100 North Davis Drive, Arlington, TX, on Thursday, August 20 at 10 AM. Due to Covid-19, attendees will be limited. Friends and family can attend virtually via the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Facebook page:

Military funeral honors and a committal service will take place at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, on Thursday, August 20 at 1 PM. Due to Covid-19, attendees will be limited to immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

William—more commonly known as Bill or The Colonel—was born in Washington, D.C., to William Blackstock Child and Carrie Isabel Drake.

He was a combat-tested officer who rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel during his 20 years of service with the United States Army, serving honorably with great bravery in one tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. He earned degrees from Virginia Military Institute (class of ‘56), the University of Notre Dame, and Drury University.

Bill met the love of his life, Sue, and courted her long-distance during his military assignment in Germany. They married in 1962 in Dearborn, MI, and he brought his bride back to Germany with him until he completed his post. As newlyweds, they relocated to the United States, where Bill taught as a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame.

After living all over the U.S. on various military posts, Bill retired from the Army. The family settled in Arlington, TX, where Bill again picked up the mantle of educator. He devoted 24 years to teaching World History and Economics at Nolan Catholic High School in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, TX. He was respected and beloved by students and faculty alike, even winning awards for outstanding teacher. Former students may fondly remember his firm belief that “Mozart makes you smarter,” and the classical music that subsequently accompanied taking tests in his classes.

Bill was a charter member of Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, where he served faithfully as a lector over the course of 40+ years. He also served as Chief Range Officer at the Arlington Sportsman’s Club, performing his duties before any scheduling, organizing, or coordinating was computerized!
A dear friend described Bill as a true Renaissance Man, a kind and gentle person, a warrior, a scholar, a consummate teacher, and a most valued friend. He was a wonderful father to five children. He was a lover of classical music, good red wine, and historical nonfiction. Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate Bill’s life in their own way, though raising a glass of their favorite drink in his memory would be quite appropriate.

Survivors: He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Susan Jane (Hittler) Child of Arlington, TX; Bill Child (Rebecca) of Leander, TX, Drew Child (Lori) of Moore, SC, Jennifer Suggs (Scott) of Lewisville, TX, Heather Aldred (Paul) of Plano, TX, and Stephanie Child of Boise, ID; 8 grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and relatives; and beloved extended family.

He was predeceased by his father, William Blackstock Child; mother, Carrie Isabel Drake; and sister, Barbara Rose Child.

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  • Service

    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 10:00am
    Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
    2100 N Davis Dr
    ARLINGTON, TX 76012
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  • Interment

    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 1:00pm
    Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery
    2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
    DALLAS, Texas 75211
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Don Huffman

Posted at 03:02pm
So very appreciative of the US Army Service of Lt Col William Child for our country and for his leadership in his teaching career following the military service. Prayers go up to heaven for comfort for his family and un-countable friends. Now he is at last at rest of his earthly labors and resides in Paradise with his Savior Jesus! Thank you Lord, for men such as this...
d huffman, Army veteran (capt.) and DFW Honor Guard member.

Ellen Maschino Wrinn

Posted at 02:45pm
May I express my sincere and deep condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Child? I am saddened to hear of his passing. I recall how his social studies class encorporated not only history, geography, and economics, but interesting tidbits that he passed along to make his class even more enjoyable. He was a gifted person and a good man. I am grateful for his well rounded instruction, and I am proud to have been one of his many students. "O man of the sea, come listen to me, for Alice, my wife, the plague of my life, hath sent me to beg a boon of thee." [I can still see his smiling face because of that quote!] I shall never forget his strong personality and great sense of humor. I keep his family in my prayers. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Todd Stoner

Posted at 05:29pm
I enjoyed your history classes. Thank you for your military service and your service as an educator. Rest In Peace Mr Child.

Nancy Morrison

Posted at 04:41pm
What a wonderful colleague he was especially in helping with student Council. What a time that was. A great gentleman in every sense of the word! Nancy Bransom Morrison

Andrea Hunter

Posted at 11:08am
I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the Child family. Thank you for sharing your husband and father with the NCHS community.
-Andrea Hunter (Bowser) '98

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