OBITUARY

WILLIAM JEREMIAH RAST

May 31, 1935November 7, 2019
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RAST, William Jeremiah, 84, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2019, in Tampa, FL, with his daughter and friends nearby. William (Bill) was born in Greenville, SC on May 31, 1935 to John Luther Rast and Mary Malone Rast (formerly Moran). He graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Civil engineering in 1957 and was active in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was a loving husband to his wife, Annette Mary Rast. Throughout his life he helped to build Tampa and wider areas of Florida as a civil engineer and was active in his community in charitable organizations. He loved hiking in the Appalachian Mountains of his childhood, skiing with friends, diving in the Florida Keys, tinkering with automobiles and electronics, listening to classical music, and caring for dogs. He moved to Vilano Beach, FL with Annette in 2000 and returned to the Tampa area in 2017. William is survived by his daughter, Karen E. Morris of Tampa; son, Jonathan P. Rast of Decatur, GA; two grandsons (Benjamin and Samuel Rast) and two granddaughters (Grace and Elizabeth Morris). He is predeceased by his wife Annette Mary Rast, son Jeffery William Rast and brother John Michael Luther Rast. William's family will receive family and friends 10-11 a.m. Saturday, with a memorial service beginning at 11 a.m., at Blount and Curry Funeral Home, Oldsmar, West Hillsborough Chapel.

Services

  • Gathering of Family & Friends Saturday, November 16, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 16, 2019

Memories

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Liz and Al Hammack

November 14, 2019

Looking through the photos brought back so many special memories of Annette and Bill and Jonathan, Karen and Jeff—camping, hiking 😬, tennis, skiing, vacation trips, Europe, New Year’s Eves together. Your family and our family made many. We are saddened for your loss. Bill was truly a Southern gentleman, loving and loved.

Dale Johnson

November 13, 2019

Bill was a country gentleman in every way, from his gentle voice with that charming southern accent to his gentle spirit which he shared so lovingly with Annette, the love of his life. It was always a joy to be in his presence be it on a tennis court or seated at the dinner table. I shall always treasure the friendship I had with Annette and Bill. May they both rest in peace and rise in glory. Love and peace to all of the family. Dale Johnson

Ken Porter

November 12, 2019

I only had the privilege of Bills friendship for a little more than three years. I wish it would have been thirty. He was, without question, the kindest and most gentle man I have ever known. He is in my heart and soul forever.

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