Takach, William Joseph, of St. Petersburg, passed away on July 2, 2018. He was born in Hudson, NY and came here in 1968 from Beacon, NY. He was a Senior Research Chemist at Jim Walter Research Corporation for 25 years and was a devout member of the Cathedral of St. Jude The Apostle and St. Paul’s Catholic Church where he was a Lector and Eucharistic Minister. He was a member of The Knights of Columbus and he served in both the Army and Navy Reserves for 10 years each. He was a loving husband to his wife, Jean, for 63 years; and a beloved father to sons, James W. (Kathleen) Takach, M.D. of Little Rock, AR, Thomas J. (Paige) Takach, Steven A. Takach, and Vincent Takach; one daughter MaryEllen (Bill) Silva, all of St. Petersburg; and a devoted grandfather to his grandchildren; Elizabeth and Robert Strandquist, who adored him and step grandchildren Richard Silva, Carrie Wooddell, and Chad Silva. A memorial mass will be held on Tuesday, July 10 at 10 am at St. Paul’s Catholic Church 1800 12th St. N. with an inurnment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery at 11:30am and a reception to follow at Anderson McQueen Funeral Home 7820 38th Ave N.