William Kyle ‘Bill’ Earnest, 70, wise and good-humored mentor

William Kyle 'Bill' Earnest
William Kyle ‘Bill’ Earnest

William Kyle “Bill” Earnest, 70, of Virginia Beach, died peacefully surrounded by his family at Norfolk General Sentara Hospital Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. For 63 years, he met the challenges of living with early-onset type 1 diabetes.

He was born Dec. 13, 1948, in Annapolis, Maryland, to Albert Kyle and Mildred McConnell Earnest.

He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Janet Murray Earnest; sister, Kathryn Earnest of Lorton; daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Adam Butterfoss of El Granada, California; daughter, Jessie Earnest of Sasebo, Japan; son, Matthew Kyle Earnest of Virginia Beach; grandsons, William Connor and Lincoln Kyle Butterfoss. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Elizabeth Rebecca.

At home, Bill devoted his life to raising his children, serving as their wise and good-humored mentor. They enjoyed time camping, going to the beach, festivals and anything sci-fi. He read extensively about history and wooden-boat building. Two grandsons brought him endless joy in his final years.

Born into a Navy family led him to traveling and experiencing the world at a young age, but the shores and sand dunes of Virginia Beach remained his true home. In 1967, he was a member of the first graduating class of First Colonial High School. His formal education was completed at Old Dominion University with a degree in accounting.

An accountant by profession, Bill worked for 30 years in the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority. His work of helping the citizens of Norfolk gave him much pride and satisfaction. He was also an avid supporter of the arts and environmental causes.

Bill will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Please join us for a celebration of his life at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 15, at Old Donation Episcopal Church. A reception will be held following the celebration.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Davis Corner Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver funeral Apts.

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