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Brig. General William C. Louisell Jr.

Brig. General William C. Louisell Jr.

IRVINGTON—Brig. General William Charles Louisell Jr. USA died on January 20, 2024, at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington. He is survived by his wife, Brandon Rohr Louisell. They shared a too short, wonderful, productive life together in the Northern Neck. 

Gen. Louisell is also survived by three children; Colonel William Louisell III, USAF retired (Lisa), Elizabeth Louisell and Susanne Louisell Jackson (Brett); as well as three step-children, John Munce, William Munce and Virginia Bertholet; and one granddaughter, Chandler Louisell.

Preceding him in death were Ann North Gaines, mother of his three children; and Virginia Warner Munce, mother of his three step-children.

Gen. Louisell was born at reveille in Walter Reed Army Hospital on January 16, 1929, and began a life of and in the Army. He attended Staunton Military Academy, and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with the splendid class of 1951. He later earned two master’s degrees in international affairs and in military art.

In 35 years of active service, Gen. Louisell spent four years in Germany on the long watch opposite the Soviet Army. He served 42 months in infantry combat in Korea and multiple tours in Vietnam where he flew over 1,000 combat hours, and in the Middle East. He was wounded twice and decorated for valor 13 times. After the war in Vietnam, Gen. Louisell’s cohort of leaders rebuilt the Army that won the first Iraq War in 100 days. His last posting was as an Assistant Secretary of Defense. He said of his 35 years of soldiering “It was an affair of the heart.” 

After retirement, Gen. Louisell moved to the Northern Neck, becoming usefully involved in the community. He was chairman of the Foundation for Historic Christ Church, being awarded The Louise Belote Dawe Award. He served twice as president of the Northern Neck Chapter of The Military Officers Association. He was a Certified Race Officer for the Rappahannock River Yacht Club, a cruise captain for the Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club, an inadequate golfer, and a charter member of the Northern Neck Ski Patrol (senior division). As a fly fisherman he was an eager pursuant of the wily brook trout. He was also a member of the Army-Navy Club and the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron. Gen. Louisell loved God, loved life, loved his family, loved the Army and all his service was honorable. 

A Celebration of his Life will be held at 11 a.m. February 10 at Grace Church, Kilmarnock. Internment with full military honors will be at Historic Christ Church Burying Ground and will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury Foundation or Hospice of Virginia.

Rappahannock Record Staff
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