William Ternosky

William M. Ternosky

March 22nd, 2020
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William M. Ternosky, 75, entered into eternal life March 22, 2020. He died following pulmonary and cardiac complications while at Penrose Hospital, Colorado Springs, CO.

He was born in Ft. Knox, Kentucky to Michael and Helen Ternosky, both of whom have preceded him in death. Growing up in Colorado Springs, Bill graduated from Wasson High School and then enlisted in the Navy for a 4-year tour on the U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard CVA-31 aircraft carrier (1964-1968). After leaving the service, he stayed a few years in California, then returned to Colorado.

Household Finance Corporation was his first civilian employer, and Bill was the youngest Manager on record. Bill developed an interest in motorcycles and rode ‘Harleys’ most of his adult life. He was known to his buddies as “Mild Bill” and had a considerable group of friends and acquaintances. Martial arts played a huge role in his life as he trained extensively in the Japanese style of Shotokan and proudly achieved the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt. Bill continued on with his martial arts and, in his later years, taught classes at the local YMCA.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Anne and his brother, Jimmy, along with many relatives. He is Catholic with a deep root in his catholic faith. And now that Bill is on his way to be with the Lord Jesus Christ, we wish him safe passage into paradise. ‘May his soul rest in peace and may eternal light shine upon him.’

Bon Voyage, Mild Bill…
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    Fort Logan National Cemetery
    4400 W. Kenyon Avenue
    DENVER, CO 80926
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    Services will be held at Fort Logan National Cemetery at a later date.


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Jeff Cooper

Posted at 11:00am
Bill was my friend and workout partner for nearly twenty years and I am shocked and saddened to find out only this morning (Aug 27) of his passing. Had I known he was in the hospital I would have certainly come to visit.

The Bill I knew had a warrior, wild spirit, tamed with humility and the wisdom of his years. To this day we have a technique we teach in our Karate Dojo we call the Ternosky Maneuver. His strength and conviction along with his practical nature will be what we in the Karate community will most remember him for.
My heart goes out to the Ternosky family. Bill was not a piece of cake to live with, but he endeared himself to so many. I will miss him and carry the best of him forward. -- Jeff Cooper, Summer 2020


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Posted at 02:37pm
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Jonathan Cardinale

Posted at 11:43am
"Never do something for nothing" -Bill T.

Peggie Barker

Posted at 01:21pm
I worked with Bill in the Call Center at Paper Direct. He was a great guy and I enjoyed working with him. He worked hard for the customer and was so very personable with his coworkers. I am so sorry for your loss.

Walt Janis

Posted at 11:19pm
RIP Bill you were a good friend.

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