William Charles (Bill) McGehee, 1926 - 2018

William Charles (Bill) McGehee died peacefully at home on April 2, 2018, in Denver, Colorado, at age 92. He was born March 21, 1926, in Bristow, the son of C. Montfort and Leone Crain McGehee. Bill attended the public schools in Bristow, finishing high school in 1944. Very shortly thereafter he found himself in boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station near Chicago. Thanks to the heroism of those who served before him, Japan surrendered just as he received his overseas orders. For the balance of his Navy service he was stationed at a naval airbase on the island of Samar in the Philippines, where surveillance flights continued for some time after the war ended. Following military service, and with the help of the GI Bill, Bill completed his formal education, receiving degrees from the University of Oklahoma and Yale Law School. He had experienced the lure of Colorado’s mountains during summer trips from Oklahoma in the Dust Bowl days of the 1930’s, and was happy to accept an invitation to join the relatively new firm of Gorsuch & Kirgis in Denver. He practiced with that firm for his entire professional career, spanning almost 50 years, specializing in trusts and estates. To him, it was a privilege and a pleasure to advise Coloradans from many walks of life in making legacy decisions for their families and charitable causes. Often, what began as a professional relationship continued as a long-term friendship. Bill was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa and the University Club of Denver, and was also a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and of the American Bar Foundation. Bill married Virginia Beresford in 1957 after spotting her across the room at the University Club. That marriage, lasting 60 years, gave them a lifetime of joy, including two daughters, Robin and Abby. Bill died just one year after the loss of his beloved Virginia. Often with friends, the McGehees enjoyed travel, tennis, bridge, skiing and classical music. Bill also sailed a number of times in the Caribbean and on both coasts. A lifelong wordsmith, Bill enjoyed nothing more than a well-conceived pun, but did not hesitate to pun badly either, much to the mock horror of his family. As the occasion called for, he could articulate sentiments of love, congratulation and celebration with an elegance few could match and that eloquence will be sorely missed. He is survived by his daughters, Robin McGehee and Abby Poust, his son-in-law Alex Poust, his sister Marilyn (McGehee) Davis, and many other extended family members. His family owes a special debt of gratitude to the remarkable team of caregivers from Colorado Help at Home who made his life comfortable, safe, and enjoyable. Our most profound thanks. According to his wishes, there will be no public services. Memorial gifts may be made to Colorado Public Radio 7409 South Alton Court, Centennial, Colorado, 80122; The Colorado Symphony, 1000 14th Street, Denver, Colorado, 80202; Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, 7155 East 38th Avenue, Denver, Colorado, 80207, or a charity of your choice

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