Obituary for William Harold Misura Sr.
William “Bill” Harold Misura, Sr.
Bill passed away on September 9, 2017; we pray that he has joined in heaven his beloved wife Alice, daughter Linda, youngest son Michael, his brother Richie, and his granddaughter Alyssa, all whom he has profoundly missed.
Bill was born June 19, 1926 in Youngstown Ohio one of three children to and William Malamisura of Naples, Italy and Minnie Angelot of Youngstown. Bill attended Franklin High School in Highland Park Los Angeles. Bill’s outgoing personality prompted his popularity and he was elected as head yell-leader. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1944 and enlisted in the Navy in his senior year and was deferred from duty until his graduation. He qualified for radio communications and trained in San Diego for operating a transmitter before being deployed to Hawaii to serve on the USS Hancock aircraft carrier. He survived a Kamikaze attack on the ship and was honorably discharged from military service in 1946 with a ranking of Radioman 2nd Class.
Bill returned home and enrolled at Woodbury Business College in Los Angeles while working nights at a gas station. He graduated in 1949 with Business Degree and was promptly hired to initially work as an assistant to the office manager at Addressograph-Multigraph. Instead, he ended up working the order desk and was quickly promoted to assistant sales manager and with persistence became one of the top sales producers.
Bill met Alice “Candy” Jean Shaffer in 1955 while Alice was working as a phone operator for Addressograph Multigraph Company and they married in 1957. They moved to Torrance where they bought their home, and then to Northridge to a bigger home to shelter their newborn children. In 1962 Smart Supply Company offered Bill an opportunity to open a graphic arts printing supply distribution warehouse in Sacramento. Nine months later, Bill moved Candy with their four children in a new home located in Foothill Farms. Bill’s reputation to help small newspapers convert from letterpress to offset press processes spread rapidly. He worked for several years successfully selling printing supplies, opening, and managing branch offices for Bell Industries and Forrest Chemical and Supply Company in Sacramento before finally starting his own business in 1985 with wife Candy and oldest son Bill “Jr.” Misura Newspaper and Printing Supply Company was eventually sold to a large distribution company and Bill later retired in 2005.
Bill’s ability to make everlasting connections with people inspired his success. He was well known in the industry and was instantly liked by many who met him. Bill cherished his family, treasured boating trips to Camp Far West, enjoyed watching football, and any opportunity to entertain family and friends. Bill leaves behind many business relationships, friends, and family that will miss him very much. “Bill is survived by his sister Margie, sons Bill “Jr” and Mark, four terrific grandchildren; Michelle and Michael Ambrey, Kate and Reena Misura, and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.”
In lieu of flowers, the family requests you donate to your favorite charity. Please join the family for a Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Sacramento Yacht Club from 1-4 pm located at: 3365 S River Rd, West Sacramento.