William "Bill" Repella, born in 1928 in Mahonoy City, Pa., died Jan. 30, 2017.
Bill served in the Navy in World War II and then served on the Oaju, Hawaii police force until post-war cutbacks.
He worked building airplane propellers and then in construction until the Korean War, when he joined the Army.
He was stationed in Germany and then in Korea at the Pusan Perimeter.
After leaving the Army, he worked in construction in New Jersey and was sent to Plant City, Fla., as foreman building the courthouse.
He then moved to Orlando where he met his future wife, Billie Ruth Spurrier.
He then rejoined the Army, went to Airborne school and Special Forces training.
Bill did two tours in Vietnam, one in Thailand, and spent seven months in the hospital after being wounded.
He was then stationed at Ft. Devins, Mass., and at the Georgia Military College as R.O.T.C. instructor before retiring to Florida, where he worked for a time at Disney World as a security guard.
He moved to Georgia in 1991 and Dawsonville became his home of choice.
He loved his God, his family and the many wonderful friends he made during the years.
Survivors include his wife, Billie; four siblings; two in-laws; various other relatives also survive.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 11 in the Bearden Funeral Home Chapel with Randy M.
Smith officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 11 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or Grace Baptist Church, 3775 Spot Rd., Cumming, GA 30040.
Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville is in charge of the arrangements.