William LeJeune Jr.
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William LeJeune, Jr. CHARLESTON - William "Bill" LeJeune, Jr., 83, husband of Marie Elizabeth (Denaux) LeJeune, died Friday, October 8, 2021 at The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Bill was born in Long Beach, California to the late William and Beverly (Ellis) LeJeune. The family came to Charleston in support of the war effort during WWII. Bill was raised in Charleston, South Carolina and educated primarily in Charleston's Catholic schools. In his youth, Bill excelled as a tackle for the Bishop England football team, as an altar boy, in church choir with his powerful bass voice, and in running his paper route down Rivers Avenue, which he started at the age of 8. Bill attended Notre Dame University, but left during his Sophomore year to ask for the hand of his childhood sweetheart, Marie Denaux, and to join the United States Army, where he served as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. He and Marie returned to Charleston, where Bill began work as an Apprentice Electrician at the Charleston Naval Shipyard. He pulled several hard years on the night shift, working deep in submarine missile tubes on missile control systems and at the top of rocking ships' masts on radar systems, while by day caring for his family and going to school to complete his Bachelor's degree. After completing his degree, Bill served as an Electronics Instructor in the Apprentice School, then as Apprentice School Director, Charleston Naval Shipyard, and finally as Director, Shipyard Support Center - Atlantic, in Norfolk, VA. Bill was a lifelong Catholic, most recently as a member of Blessed Sacrament Church and choir in Charleston, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He devoted many days to taking Christian ministry to men in prison and taking meals to those who had no ability to travel or pay. Bill loved theater and performed and directed with The Flowertown Players. He also performed in a number of productions with The Dock Street Theater. Bill was an amazing husband, father, brother and son, who gave his family faithful, tireless love, ever-present encouragement, and an example of unwavering Christian faith all the years of his life. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Marie; son, Bill LeJeune and his wife, Alicia; daughter, Julie Humowitz and her husband, Paul; sister, Ruth Quinn and her husband, Richard; two nieces; one nephew; five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his brother, Lloyd, and his parents. A lifelong diabetic, Bill remained ever grateful to the unknown donor who donated their kidney to Bill. This gift gave Bill and his family 15 more years of life together. Bill's family is forever grateful to the MUSC team that performed the transplant and to the team of MUSC ICU heroes that, 15 years later, tried to save him from COVID. Memorials may be made to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (843) 556-0801, or to support the MUSC transplant program, memorials may be made to the MUSC Foundation online at giving.MUSC.edu or by phone at (843) 792-2677. Visit our guestbook at legacy.com/obituaries/charleston
Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Oct. 12 to Oct. 13, 2021.
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All my love and prayers to The LeJeune family.
Wendy McKenzie
October 15, 2021
Sending you all much love & prayers during this most difficult time.
Angie Mettlen
Other
October 15, 2021
A life well lived! Our love goes out to his family. A good man leaves an inheritance to his children´s children. The love of our Lord and the demonstration of that love in a man´s life. Mr LeJeune is a good man. Our prayers are for comfort and peace to the family. Peace, perfect peace.
Ben Cleveland
Friend
October 14, 2021
May he Rest In Peace!
Joe Duane BEHS classmate
School
October 13, 2021
My condolences to Bill's friends and family. I was a fellow instructor with him in 1966-67, and remember him fondly.
Wesley Fisher
Work
October 13, 2021
Bill was surprised when he interviewed me at the Chas.Naval Shipyard for apprentice position in 1974 since I had a B.S. from Clemson Uni.Afterwards,I worked in 4 additional Naval shipyards during my 7 years as a civil service employee.I now say thanks for the opportunity to serve.
Thomas David Scott
School
October 13, 2021
The staff at Guerin's Pharmacy is sad to learn of the passing of Mr. LeJeune. We are keeping his family in our prayers. Guerin's Pharmacy, Barbara Dunning and staff
Barbara Dunning
Other
October 12, 2021
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