Obituary: William H. Youse III, 97, of Hannibal

William H. Youse III
Posted: Jun. 11, 2019 4:22 pm

William H. Youse III, 97, of Hannibal, passed away at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Beth Haven Nursing Home in Hannibal.

Graveside services with full military honors will be held 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Riverside Cemetery in Hannibal. Pastor Steve Barker will officiate.

The family is being served by the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel of Hannibal.

William was born on July 24, 1921, in Hannibal, the son of William H. and Annie (Neale) Youse.

He was married to Yvonne Arthur. She preceded him in death.

Survivors include a brother, Richard Youse of San Diego, Calif.; dear friends, Niloo Hubrich and Mavesh Fatemi of Tuscan, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Youse was preceded in death by parents; wife; son, Bruce Youse; brothers, John Youse and Frank Youse.

William proudly served his country during WWII as a Bomber Pilot in the Army Air Corps. William passed away on the day before the 75th anniversary of D-Day in which he was one of the pilots flying over Normandy that day 75 years ago. William flew 68 missions over his career as a bomber pilot until he was honorably discharged on Nov. 16, 1945. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army Air Corps, William joined the Army Reserves and continued to serve his country until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel.

William worked as an Electrical Engineer in the oil industry in Louisiana and Texas. After retirement, William and Yvonne made their home in Colorado and later Arizona. After Yvonne’s passing, William moved back to his hometown of Hannibal to be with his nieces and nephews.

William was very mechanically inclined and enjoyed tearing things apart and rebuilding them. He also enjoyed tending to his garden and reading.

Mr. Youse was a Christian by faith.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northeast Missouri Humane Society, in care of Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.

Online condolences may be made to the family on William's memorial page at

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