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Rosewood Funeral Chapel

3304 Mockingbird Ln, Victoria, TX

OBITUARY

William J. Joslyn

December 15, 1931October 7, 2019
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William Jesse Joslyn (Bill), 87, of Victoria, went to be with our Lord on October 7, 2019. Bill was born December 15, 1931, in Chicago, IL, to the late Jesse and Eleanor Joslyn. Bill married Lorraine Hebert on June 28, 1954, and the two were happily married for 62 years until her death in 2016. Bill graduated from high school in North Dakota and soon after enlisted in the United States Army, fighting on the front lines in the Korean War. Upon his return, he and Lorraine were married. Not long after, the couple moved to Texas and settled in Victoria to raise a family. Bill worked for South Texas Electric Co-Op as a senior electrical engineering technician for over 30 years before his retirement in 1997. He truly loved his job and often shared fond memories of time spent there. He also enjoyed golf, playing the piano and guitar, and listening to music. He was very patriotic and was proud to be a member of both the Korean War Veterans Association and the American Legion. Bill was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Above all, he loved God and his Catholic faith. He was a founding member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Never one to be late, he could often be found sitting in the back of the church reading the missalette and quietly praying before Mass, often long before the lights were even turned on. Bill is survived by his loving daughters, Cynthia Reyna of Victoria, Heather Bonorden (Charles) of Victoria; siblings, Pam McLaurin of North Dakota, James Joslyn (Shirley) of Victoria, Barbara Pollak (Larry) of Florida; grandchildren, Raymond Reyna (Kathy), Michelle Reyna, Samuel, Alexander, Joshua, Noah, and Isaac Bonorden; and great-grandchildren, Kaylah, Taylor, Jaycie and Jordon Houston, Adrian, Aaron, Hailey, and Hunter Reyna, Joseph Embrie and Maiya Rae Lee Whisenhunt. Bill will also be dearly remembered and missed by all of his extended family, fellow parishioners, neighbors, and friends, whose lives were touched by his gentle spirit, kindness, and love. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lorraine Hebert Joslyn; and sister, Delores Dahlstrom. Visitation will be Friday, October 11, 2019, from 5-7 PM at Rosewood Funeral Chapel. The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary will begin at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 10 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery with full military honors under the auspices of the Victoria County Veterans Council. Pallbearers are Samuel Bonorden, Alexander Bonorden, Joshua Bonorden, Joseph Embrie Whisenhunt, Adrian Reyna, and Aaron Reyna. Honorary pallbearers are all of Bill’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of South Texas or Korean War Veterans Association – Victoria Chapter 223. Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Jesse Laverne Joslyn, Father (deceased)
  • Eleanor Ruth Olsen Joslyn, Mother (deceased)
  • Lorraine Hebert Joslyn, Wife (deceased)
  • Heather Bonorden and husband Charles, Daughter
  • Cynthia Reyna, Daughter
  • Pam McLaurin, Sister
  • Delores Dahlstrom, Sister (deceased)
  • James Joslyn and wife Shirley, Brother
  • Barbara Pollak and husband Larry, Sister
  • Raymond Reyna and wife Kathy, Grandchild
  • Michelle Reyna, Grandchild
  • Samuel Bonorden, Grandchild
  • Alexander Bonorden, Grandchild
  • Joshua Bonorden, Grandchild
  • Noah Bonorden, Grandchild
  • Isaac Bonorden, Grandchild
  • William also leaves behind his great-grandchildren, Kaylah, Taylor, Jaycie and Jordon Houston, Hailey, Adrian, Aaron and Hunter Reyna and Joseph Embrie and Maiya Rae Lee Whisenhunt to cherish his memory.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Samuel Bonorden
  • Alexander Bonorden
  • Joshua Bonorden
  • Joseph Embrie Whisenhunt
  • Adrian Reyna
  • Aaron Reyna
  • Bill's Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Rosary Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, October 12, 2019

Memories

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Kathy Taylor

October 11, 2019

IN HONOR OF YOUR BOUNDLESS LOVE FOR YOUR DAD~~
IN HONOR OF HIS MATCHLESS LOVE FOR ECH OF YOU
Recalling enjoying your folks' sweet friendship while living on Bridle Lane....thank you for sharing them with us!
Now as you begin to heal and carry on their legacy of love...
when you miss them, just look into your heart, there you'll find them snuggled deeply within....only a whisper away.

With gentle sympathies,
Ron & Kathy Taylor

Cathy Lehner

October 10, 2019

Uncle Bill is my hero. I will be eternally grateful to him for saving my life when I was just an infant. We didn't see each other very much, but I enjoyed our conversations when we talked and occasional letter. Give my mom a hug for me in heaven. She loved you very much.

Barbara Pollak

October 9, 2019

I'll never forget the great time we
had when we came to visit, you played the piano for us. Bill was
a talented,loving and fun brother.
I'll remember all the good times we had on the phone,the laughter and sometime tears,you were always there.
We would always end you saying
I Love you sweetie .
I Love you Bill, Miss you !

John McLaurin Sr

October 8, 2019

Bill will be missed by many. Wish we could have gotten to know each other better.

Bonny Frith

October 8, 2019

I loved my Uncle Bill. I would talk with him on the phone and I would always tell him I loved him and he would tell me he loved me. He was a wonderful man and I will miss him.

Pam McLaurin

October 8, 2019

A most wonderful, loving brother. We had the most interesting, fun conversations on the phone. I loved him and will miss him so much!

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Biography

William Jesse Joslyn (Bill), 87, of Victoria, went to be with our Lord on October 7, 2019. Bill was born December 15, 1931, in Chicago, IL, to the late Jesse and Eleanor Joslyn. Bill married Lorraine Hebert on June 28, 1954, and the two were happily married for 62 years until her death in 2016.
Bill graduated from high school in North Dakota and soon after enlisted in the United States Army, fighting on the front lines in the Korean War. Upon his return, he and Lorraine were married. Not long after, the couple moved to Texas and settled in Victoria to raise a family. Bill worked for South Texas Electric Co-Op as a senior electrical engineering technician for over 30 years before his retirement in 1997. He truly loved his job and often shared fond memories of time spent there. He also enjoyed golf, playing the piano and guitar, and listening to music. He was very patriotic and was proud to be a member of both the Korean War Veterans Association and the American Legion. Bill was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Above all, he loved God and his Catholic faith. He was a founding member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Never one to be late, he could often be found sitting in the back of the church reading the missalette and quietly praying before Mass, often long before the lights were even turned on.
Bill is survived by his loving daughters, Cynthia Reyna of Victoria, Heather Bonorden (Charles) of Victoria; siblings, Pam McLaurin of North Dakota, James Joslyn (Shirley) of Victoria, Barbara Pollak (Larry) of Florida; grandchildren, Raymond Reyna (Kathy), Michelle Reyna, Samuel, Alexander, Joshua, Noah, and Isaac Bonorden; and great-grandchildren, Kaylah, Taylor, Jaycie and Jordon Houston, Adrian, Aaron, Hailey, and Hunter Reyna, Joseph Embrie and Maiya Rae Lee Whisenhunt. Bill will also be dearly remembered and missed by all of his extended family, fellow parishioners, neighbors, and friends, whose lives were touched by his gentle spirit, kindness, and love.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lorraine Hebert Joslyn; and sister, Delores Dahlstrom.
Visitation will be Friday, October 11, 2019, from 5-7 PM at Rosewood Funeral Chapel. The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary will begin at 7 PM.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 10 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery with full military honors under the auspices of the Victoria County Veterans Council.
Pallbearers are Samuel Bonorden, Alexander Bonorden, Joshua Bonorden, Joseph Embrie Whisenhunt, Adrian Reyna, and Aaron Reyna. Honorary pallbearers are all of Bill’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of South Texas or Korean War Veterans Association – Victoria Chapter 223.
Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.