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William Edward Babcock DVM, 95, died at home in Terre Haute. A native of Buhl, Idaho, Bill was born Oct. 15, 1922, son of Everett E. Babcock and Ona Zbinden Babcock.
Bill graduated from Buhl High School in 1940. He attended Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., where he was a member of the Army Student Training Program and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in May 1945. While at Washington State Bill met the love of his life, Nina Virginia March. They were married Jan. 26, 1945.
In May 1945, Bill and Nina moved to Corvallis, Ore., where Bill took a position at Oregon State University in the Poultry Disease lab. Following his research appointment, they moved to Buhl, where Bill opened a veterinary practice in his parents' home. Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1946 and served in the Veterinary Corps. He was posted to Fort Riley, Kan., where he cared for the horses in the last active cavalry unit of the U.S. Army. His military service was completed in 1948 as a captain. In the Spring of 1949, the Babcocks returned to Corvallis, where Bill assumed the position of Associate Professor at OSU. In 1963, the family moved to Terre Haute, and Bill began his career with Pfizer Animal Health. He retired in 1988 as Director of Animal Health Research. Bill and Nina lived a full and happy life together. They loved to dance, ski, and travel with friends and family and were long time members of The Country Club of Terre Haute.
He leaves to cherish his memory, Nina Virginia Babcock, his loving wife of 72 years; devoted children, Robert E. Babcock (Rebecca) of Port Lavaca, Texas, Virginia A. Ware (Douglas) of Chapel Hill, N.C., Lora B. Mail (Rodney) Indianapolis and Thomas W. Babcock (Deborah) Fair Haven, N.J.; 13 grandchildren, Jeffery Babcock (Traci), Allison Babcock (David Nagle), Kara Shane (Robert) and Jay Babcock (Stacy), Anna Marie Ware and Kristin Ware, Anne Mail, Ellen Mail, and Clare Mail (Michael Rardon), William Babcock (Katherine), Sarah Babcock, Ann Babcock and Thomas Babcock. Also surviving are four great-grandchildren, Dimitri Babcock, Braxton Nagle, Parker Nagle and Robert Shane.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, Everett E. Babcock and Ona Zbinden Babcock; and brother, Donald Babcock.
The family is grateful the for the home care aides whose compassionate care allowed the fulfillment of his wishes to remain at home.
A true gentleman, honest and humble with a twinkle in his eyes, Bill is fondly remembered for his love of family and friends.
Arrangements were entrusted to Greiner Funeral Home, 2005 North 13th Street, Terre Haute. Online condolences can be made at: www.greinerfuneralhome.com
Published on October 21, 2017
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