Official Obituary of

William A Omann

April 9, 1942 ~ December 17, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old

William Omann Obituary

Mr. William "Bill" A. Omann of Benson, Arizona passed peacefully on the morning of December 17, 2023. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Woodrow and Violet Omann, Bill started his 81-year life journey with life necessities and grew to be an ambitious, caring and giving husband, father, and friend. He was a great support to his wife, Cathy, in her love of horseback riding, by accompanying, and photographing her along the way. He also enjoyed camping, refurbishing old Mercedes and taking cruises. He was a good neighbor and friend, generous with a helping hand and quick to respond to all that needed to be done. Always there to answer questions and quick with smart ideas, sharing his abilities. Bill rarely turned his back on any issue, big or small.

Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1964-1966, followed by 4 years in the U. S. Army Reserves. He was later employed by the DOD at Fort Huachuca as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic. He then moved to Tucson, Arizona and worked for the Smithsonian and the University of Arizona through the Steward Observatory where he became an instrumental part of the Engineering team. From observatory work, mechanics, and large mirror transport, Bill was a man of many talents, capabilities, and interests. 

Bill's notable contributions were during the conversion of the MMTO (Multiple Mirror Telescope) to the single 6.5-meter MMT that exists today wherein he was responsible for many aspects of the design, integration, and installation of the new telescope. Bill had incredible mechanical aptitude and was key to the project's success. Once retired, Bill's drive to both help others and be part of the highly technical projects lead him to be part of the team that introduced the first of their kind superconductor based magnetic field tabletop probe stations that have enabled novel research in many fields of science at locations across the globe. Bill's ability to focus and create solid solutions then lead him to be part of a team that designed and built two solar factories here in Arizona and in Berlin, Germany. Many young engineers and designers that had the chance to work alongside Bill would tell you that there could not be a better mentor or friend.

Bill is survived by his spouse, Catherine Omann and his son, William R Omann. An informal Memorial Service will be help on January 29th, 2024, at 1:00 PM. Located at the Southern Arizona Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, 1300 S Buffalo Soldier Trail, Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635.

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Military Honors
January 29, 2024

1:00 PM
Southern Arizona Veterans Cemetery (Sierra Vista)


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