William F. Briney

April 7, 1920February 14, 2018

William F. Briney, 97 of Leesburg, FL passed away on February 14, 2018. He was born on April 7, 1920 in Butte, Montana. He was one of the “Greatest Generation”, serving his country in the 10th Mountain Division as a combat skiing rifleman. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for his heroic service during action in Italy and Yugoslavia during World War II.

After military service, he completed his education and graduated from the University of Montana. He went on to hold a series of management and executive positions in the mining, electronics and aerospace industries. During his tenure at Ryan Aeronautical Company, he was part of a team effort in the research and development of unmanned aerial systems, working closely with the US Government on this and other classified projects. In 2016, he was presented a certificate of appreciation and commendation from the Major General of the US Army Aviation and Missile Command, citing his military service and his civilian contributions to unmanned rocket technology.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Phyllis McQuaid Briney and his brother, Frank E. Briney. He is survived by 2 nephews and his cherished step family which includes his daughter Wendy Pacek and her husband Denny Libby of Leesburg, FL; his son in law, Andrew T. Reilley Jr., of Quarryville, PA, four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and many close and loving friends.

A Celebration of William’s Life will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 1 PM at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Apopka, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army in William’s name.


  • Memorial Service Friday, February 23, 2018

William F. Briney

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Wendy Pacek

February 23, 2018

I think we succeeded in celebrating Bill's life today. I believe he would have enjoyed the service. Thank you friends, neighbors, church family for joining our family in honoring him. Thank you Erick from the Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home for the exceptional arrangements. You and your staff provided guidance and comfort.

James Lewis

February 22, 2018

Bill and I had a special relationship as we shared breakfast together every week for almost 12 years. We talked about solving the world's problems a great deal, but the best times were spend when we talked about the Lord and Bible issues which occurred every week. We prayed together and I saw Bill grow immensely in his relationship with Jesus.

Fred and Carol Ewalt

February 21, 2018

On Feb. 14, 2018 the nation lost a hero and great American who stood for everything that makes America GREAT. Bill was a remarkable person. He shared his knowledge and good will with anyone taking the time to listen and learn. To us he was our dear friend and gracious neighbor. We are proud to have known him. He will be missed but never forgotten.

Gloria Kennedy

February 17, 2018

I had the privilege of helping take care of Bill over the past year. He was an amazing man. Always kind and extremely intelligent. Always said thank you and that he loved me. I will never forget him and will cherish all the time I got to spend with him. RIP my dear friend. I will miss you dearly.

February 16, 2018

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time
Psalms 29:11