TSgt William (Bill) Conrad Hartsell was born on July 1‚ 1957 in Reedsville‚ West Virginia. He went home to the Lord on April 7‚ 1986‚ while serving as a firefighter in the United States Air Force‚ stationed at Nellis Air Force Base. He is survived by his wife Isabel Hartsell; two daughters Christina Drake and Elizabeth Hartsell; a brother David Hartsell; and his mother Alice Hartsell. Bill’s legacy continues on through his grandson‚ Noah Drake.
Bill was an honor roll student at Valley High School‚ where he graduated in 1975. He enlisted in the Air Force immediately following graduation. Bill received a degree in Fire Science from the Air Force Academy during his time in service. During his time at Valley High School and with the Air Force‚ he was an ardent fan of football and baseball‚ and was always involved in some form with one of the two.
Bill was best characterized by those who knew him as the guy who would lend a helping hand whenever he could. As a child and teenager‚ Bill would offer to carry groceries and take out fire ashes for his elderly neighbors. As a teenager‚ he would offer to tutor other kids in his high school to help them make better grades. After Bill joined the service‚ he would volunteer to work with handicapped children in his free time. It was no surprise that a man with such a big heart would choose to serve his country‚ especially as a firefighter‚ ready to help those urgently in need.
We thank God for the opportunity‚ though short‚ to have known such an amazing man. Bill accepted Jesus into his heart when he was jut nine years old. We put our trust in Jesus that we will see Bill again.