Bill was born Nov. 12, 1924, the son of Herschel Ray and Bertha Marie (Haas) Deakins.
In his free time, Bill enjoyed fishing and hunting squirrel and rabbit. In his younger years, he enjoyed spending time at the family cabin on the Eel River.
Bill married Loretta Hall March 25, 1944.
Bill graduated from Staunton High School and later joined the United States Army. He was honorably discharged in 1945 as a Corporal after two years of service in World War II, earning five Bronze Service Stars.
Bill had worked at Arketex for several years before the plant closed. He also worked as a guard at the Putnam County Correctional Facility and retired in 1987. For many years, Bill drove a school bus for Staunton High School.
Bill was a past member of Peniel United Methodist Church and had more recently attended First Christian Church. Bill was a family man. He enjoyed spending time with and caring for his family, especially his grandkids. He often attended sporting or extracurricular events of his girls, grandkids and great-grandkids.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents Herschel Ray and Bertha Marie Deakins, wife Loretta, May 12 of this year, brothers Herschel Ray Deakins Jr., and Bobby Vern Deakins, as well as sister Zora Lee Hood, also preceded him in death.
Survivors include daughters Linda "Sue" Payton (Ed), Brazil, Rita "Jill" Barnes and the late Harry K. Barnes, Brazil, and Cathy Hoffman (Chuck), Owensboro, grandchildren Anthony "Tony" Payton (Linda), Todd William Payton (Heather), Andrea Debren Sluis (Kevin), Brian Deakins Barnes, Kernon Ray Barnes (Nicole), Sarah Rene Gore (Martin), Whitney Elaine Hoffman, Nicholas Charles Hoffman and Hannah Hall Hoffman, great-grandchildren Seth Payton, Madison Payton, Stacy Payton, Dawson Payton, Riley Payton, Natalie Sluis, Graham Sluis, Rebecca Gore, Caroline Gore, Jonas Barnes and Sophia Barnes, and sister-in-law Ruth Ellen Moore, Colton, Calif.
Services for Mr. Deakins will be at French Funeral Home, Brazil, Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at 1 p.m., with Pastors Chris Gregg and Todd Payton officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery with military services provided by the American Legion Post 2, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127, and the United States Army. Visitation will be at the funeral home, Tuesday, from 4-8 p.m.
Donations may be made to Serving on the Streets, PO Box 783, Brazil, Ind., 47834.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.