Bill Estes, 86, Osage City: May 29, 1928 – Nov. 15, 2014

Bill Estes, 86, passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at his home south of Osage City. He was born Billy Dale Estes on May 29, 1928, near Admire, Kan., the son of Frank and Florence Lewis Estes.

Bill attended Admire High School and graduated with the class of 1945. He was inducted into the United States Army on Nov. 28, 1950, and proudly served until being honorably discharged on Nov. 27, 1952. He attended a Veterans Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in the spring of 2013.

Bill was joined in marriage to Mary Lou Hendrickson on Sept. 5, 1953, at the Osage City Methodist Church. They were awarded the title of Mr. and Mrs. Osage City in 2003. They hosted nine exchange students at their home over the course of several years.

Bill worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Topeka, Kan., and Union City, Tenn., until his retirement in 1983. He continued to farm and raise cattle in the Osage City area.

He was a member of Robert Heizer American Legion Post 198, of Osage City, and had served on the Rural Water District No. 7, Osage County Fire District No. 2 Board, as well as the Barclay Township Board.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Mary Lou, of their home; a daughter, Glenda Estes Emporia; two sons, Rich (Nancy) Estes, Osage City, and Ron (Susan) Estes, Wichita; a sister, Betty Gross, Roswell, N.M.; a brother, Don (Arlene) Estes, Palm Coast, Fla.; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Tomlinson Newkirk.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Osage County Fire District No. 2, the Osage City United Methodist Church, or the Robert Heizer American Legion Post 198.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 19, at Osage City United Methodist Church, and will be officiated by Pastor Bob Keller and Pastor Alice Purvis. Burial will follow in Osage City Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City.

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