The Killeen Police Department will bury its first retiree this week.

Retired KPD Captain William Victor Mangerich, 101, died Jan. 21, according to a press release sent by KPD spokesperson, Ofelia Miramontez.

Mangerich’s funeral service will be on Friday at the First Baptist Church Trimmier in Killeen. Burial will follow with police honors at Live Oak Cemetery in Youngsport.

Mangerich joined the department in 1949 and served in various assignments until his retirement in 1979 as a police captain.

“He was well respected by all those he served with and those he served. Mangerich was the first police officer to retire in the department’s history,” Miramontez said.

He also served in the United States Army during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Walt, his sister Monika Rettng, his first wife Leone Marie Mangerich, and ex-wife and friend Nellie Faye Mangerich.

Survivors include daughter Carolynn Champlin (Eugene) of Killeen, grandsons Billy Gene Champlin (Teri) and Terry Wayne (Tammy) of Killeen and great grandchildren Bailey, Paige, Aiden, Cayce, Cody and Clayton Champlin, all of Killeen.

Monique Brand - Killeen Daily Herald

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Monique 'Mo' Brand joined the Herald in May 2019. Before that, she covered border coverage and county government in Arizona. She also worked as a reporter in Kerrville, Los Angeles, and Norfolk Virginia. The U.S. Navy veteran grew up in Killeen.

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