William “Bill” Robert Ducharme passed away on the morning of January 18th, 2021.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Mary Ducharme. He is survived by his loving wife, Carrie Ducharme, his daughter, Nina (Shawn) Warner, his bonus children Marcus (Buffy) Richardson and Kayla, Karley and Rudy "Trae" Flores, grandchildren Anastasia, Rosalind, Quinton Richardson, Amelie Ducharme, Aspen and Arla Warner, his siblings Kathy (Larry) Saunders, Leroy "Buddy" Ducharme, Mary Paradis, Ann (Dale) Ohmann, and several nieces and a nephew.
Bill was born on November 1st, 1964 in Zama, Kanagawa, Japan. He graduated from Bethel High School in Hampton, Virginia in 1983 and enlisted into the United States Army later that year. He served his country bravely for 22 years, as a Blackhawk Mechanic, Crew Chief and Technical Inspector, with assignments such as Germany, Ft. Campbell, Ft. Bragg, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Hawaii, Ft. Benning, and Ft. Rucker, until he retired as a decorated Sergeant First Class. As he would say, he spent much of that time "hopping and popping all over the world, training soldiers and shooting mini guns." Bill continued to serve his country and the Army as a Department of Army Civilian with AMCOM Field Maintenance Directorate. Bill grew to become a leader and mentor to others within AFMD. He worked tirelessly to teach others their craft while continually improving how AFMD provided support to the soldier in the field. As Lead System Manager, he oversaw a team committed to supporting Army Aviation Program Offices in developing new aircraft systems and fielding those systems to provide the best Army aircraft for the soldiers defending the nation.
In his lifetime of accomplishments, his favorite was being a Papa. He prioritized time with his family and doing the things he loved. His sharp wit, biting humor, and blunt honesty made him an unforgettable force and friend.
The impact of Bill's absence will be profound.
Due to the current state of the pandemic, a service will not be conducted at this time. We will have a Celebration of Life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you share a moment with your loved ones. Maybe watch Captain America Civil War, because that's what Bill would do.