LEXINGTON, Ky. - Billy Lynn Guy, 87, of Lexington, KY, husband of Rose Godman Guy, passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Bill was founder and President of Guy Engineering Company and Diversiguy. A Lexington native, he was a son of the late Raymond and Margaret Mahin Guy.
In 1944, at age 18, Seaman First Class Billy Lynn Guy navigated a tiny US Navy LCI across the Atlantic Ocean to within thirty feet of the Norfolk, VA port after European/North African/ Mediterranean duty at the end of World War II. He attended the University of KY graduating with a BSME and later attained the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves.
In 1951, Bill took a position at Wright Patterson Air Force Base where he was involved in numerous Aerospace projects. His first assignment with the AeroMed Lab Team was to develop in-flight feeding for high altitude flight. He progressed to pressure chambers where Chuck Yeager trained to break the sound barrier. He developed patented air/nasal masks and pressure suits for future space exploration. After designing several patented welding regulators and accessories for Harris Calorific in Cleveland, OH, he and his family returned to start his first business, Kim Products, Inc., designing and patenting fluid controls. He invented an on-the-tire pressure gauge and in most recent years Guy Engineering Company developed Plant Propps, a successful garden product. He also invented a communion cup filler that is used in churches all over the US, Canada and Europe.
Bill was a member of Central Christian Church since 1936, where he served as deacon and as a property and sanctuary committee member. He was a steady counsel to his children and youth in Indian Guides, Scouts and Tates Creek Band Booster President for four terms. He was named an honorary member of the Lexington Woman’s Club for forty-five years of supporting and working for LWC Follies and Bids for Kids.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Billy L (Donna) Guy, Jr., Nicholasville; daughters, Karrol (David) Combs, Portland, OR and Kimberly McIntosh, Raleigh, NC; sisters, Betty (Bob) Christian, Lexington and Barbara (Bob) Rhoads, Lexington; grandchildren, Heather (Judd) Borders, Lara (Scott) Weddle, Kelli (Jordan) Ramey, Kyle Combs, Will (Rachel) Guy, Michael (Sabrina) Guy and Kimberly Guy and great-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Amber, Allison and Sterling Guy, Wyatt and Holden Weddle and Bennett and Rhett Borders. Bill was preceded in death by infant son Steven Brent Guy, sister Peggy Taylor and brother Raymond Guy.
Funeral services will be 11 am Tuesday at Central Christian Church with interment in Lexington Cemetery. Service led by Dr. Michael Mooty and Elizabeth King. Friends may call from 4 to 7 pm Monday at Milward-Southland. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, Central Christian Church or Lexington Woman’s Club Clothe-a-Child. The family is most grateful for the people who love people at the Hospice of the Bluegrass; people who give pieces of their hearts every day.
Billy Lynn Guy, Jr.
Billy Lynn Guy III (Will)
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