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William Soules

December 10, 1929 ~ July 29, 2020 (age 90)


William Arthur “Bill” Soules, 90, of Sandestin, Florida passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.  Bill was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1929 and was the son of Peter and Jeannette Soules. 

Bill graduated from John McDonogh High School in New Orleans and attended Loyola University of New Orleans.  After joining the Navy and moving to California, he met and married his wife Virginia Strukel in 1952.  Bill served his country in both the Korean and Vietnam wars and he lived in several locations over the years, including postings in Pensacola, Norfolk, Virginia and Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.  It was in Puerto Rico where Bill learned to play golf, one of his favorite hobbies and enjoyed going to the beach and hiking in the nearby El Yonge National Rainforest. 

After his retirement from the Navy, they moved to his hometown of New Orleans, where they lived for nearly 30 years. Bill was a parishioner of Saint Andrew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church.  It was during this time that Bill discovered a new passion, international travel, and he made numerous trips to Paris, London and other European cities to visit their son, Bill, who lived and worked in these cities for several years. 

After falling in love with the Florida panhandle while stationed in Pensacola, they moved to Sandestin, Florida in 1996. Bill enjoyed retirement life and continued to enjoy his hobbies, especially golf.  He was an avid Notre Dame fan and attended numerous games with his wife and son, a Notre Dame graduate.  Bill is survived by his son Bill, also of Sandestin, Florida.  

Arrangements are being handled by Davis-Watkins Funeral Home.   Bill will be buried in the Soules family tomb in historic St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 in New Orleans.  

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