William M. Goubeaud

William M. Goubeaud, 67,of Franklin Township (Ellwood City), died on Sunday evening, December 14 2014 at his home.

He was born in Ellwood City on February 4 1947 to the late William and Wilma Hamilton Goubeaud.

He graduated from Riverside High School, class of 1963. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War, serving two enlistments from 1964-9. Assigned to the area north and west of Saigon, he was a helicopter gunship gunner with the 27th Infantry/ 25th Divisionth. He was in 12 Vietnam Campaigns, including the Hoc Mon Bridge where they defeated the 9th Viet Cong, defense of the Ton Son Nhut Airbase and the famous Tet Offensive of 1968. For this action, he received several bronze stars and an oak leaf cluster, Vietnam Defense Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

Twice he was shot down, and nearly captured, forced to crawl through jungle and water hazards to safety. Wounded twice, he was awarded two Purple Hearts.

He was employed at Traco Industries (now Kawneer North America) in Cranberry, and was a cabinet maker, owning his own Bill’s Woodshop in Ellwood City.

Bill also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also tended bar at the Hungarian Home and formerly at The Homestead in Ellport.
He was a member of Lillyville Church of God.
He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his wife, Sanda L. Gibbons Goubeaud, who died May 17 1994. He was also preceded by one sister, Lana L. Bender.

He is survived by his life partner, Virginia Bollinger, and one daughter and son-in-law, Tracy Lee and Ken Wiley of Ellwood City, and by two grandchildren: Kenneth Allen Wiley Jr., and Kristen Nicole Wiley.

One sister, Sally Casuccio, of Ellwood City also survives.

No public visitation is planned.

Services will be conducted at the TURNERFUNERAL HOME, 500 6TH Street, on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 11:00 A.M. with the Rev. Dennis Arndt, pastor of Lillyville Church of God, officiating.

Burial will be in Lillyville Church Cemetery, Franklin Twp.

You may sign the guestbook, read the obituary, or send condolences at: www.turnerfh.com

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