First Killeen Police Department retiree passes away at 101

The first officer to retire from the Killeen Police Department has passed away.

Retired Captain William Victor Mangerich passed away at 101 on Jan. 21, according to Killeen police.

Mangerich served in the United States Army during WWII and joined the Killeen Police Department in 1949 as a patrolman. He served in various assignments throughout the department for 30 years and retired a police captain in 1979.

(Killeen Police Department)

Mangerich was the first officer to retire in the department's history, say Killeen police.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Walt, sister Monika Rettng, first wife Leone Marie Mangerich, and ex-wife and friend Nellie Faye Mangerich. His survivors include daughter Carolynn Champlin (Eugene), grandsons Billy Gene Champlin (Teri) and Terry Wayne (Tammy) and great-grandchildren Bailey, Paige, Aiden, Cayce, Cody, and Clayton Champlin, all of Killeen.

Killeen police say the funeral services for Mangerich will be held Jan. 31 at the First Baptist Church Trimmier. Burial will follow with police honors at Live Oak Cemetery in Youngsport.