William Arthur Staff, 89, Huntingburg

William A. StaffWilliam Arthur Staff, 89, of Huntingburg, Thursday (January 15) at Brookside Village Assisted Living Facility in Jasper, Indiana. He was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, August 10, 1925, to Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Ellis Staff, Sr.

Bill graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1943 and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Following his service during World War II, he attended Illinois College and graduated in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in physics. Also in 1943 he was commissioned an ensign in the Navy, married Betty June Davis of Jacksonville, and began flight training in Pensacola, Florida. He received his naval aviator wings while serving in Corpus Christie, Texas. He was stationed in San Diego, California, and Oak Harbor, Washington, and served two years as a reconnaissance pilot during the Korean Conflict, after which he commanded the naval ROTC program at the University of Illinois in Champagne-Urbana. In 1957 he was a member of the commissioning crew of the U.S.S. Ranger out of Newport News, Virginia, and was deployed twice as part of the Mediterranean fleet. He left active duty in 1958 and remained in the reserves, attaining the rank of LT Commander before retiring completely from the Navy after 28 years of service. After leaving the service, he and his family lived in Shenandoah, Iowa, for two years and then moved to Evansville where he owned and operated a business before retiring in 1988 and moving to Fairhope, Alabama. In 2006 he and his wife moved to Huntingburg. A life-long member of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., he served as deacon and elder at various times. He was a member of Kiwanis and during his time in Alabama was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Davis Staff; three sons, Noll Staff and wife Ann, St. Anthony, Todd Staff, Nashville, and Kirk Staff and wife Linda, Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In accordance with Bill’s wishes, his cremated remains will be scattered at sea and there will be no memorial service. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

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