William ‘Bill’ Tillman, 64, El Dorado: Nov. 2, 1953 – Aug. 13, 2018

EL DORADO, Kan. – William “Bill” Tillman, 64, passed away on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at his home in El Dorado, Kan. He was born on Nov. 2, 1953, in Topeka, Kan., the son of John and June Miller Tillman.

Bill grew up in Vassar, Kan., and graduated from Lyndon High School, Lyndon, Kan., in 1971. He lived and raised his family in Leon, Kan., and had been in El Dorado for the last several years.

Bill worked in law enforcement, and had served as a park ranger for Pomona State Park and El Dorado State Park. He was a store manager for Wal-Mart, and had been a bluegrass musician for many years. He was a member of the Vassar United Methodist Church, the Kansas Prairie Pickers Association, the Vassar Polecats, and the Prospect Bluegrass Band.

Bill was married to Peggy Lee Streeter on April 26, 1975, in Vassar; they were later divorced.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, John and June; his stepson, Chad Lee Barnhart; and a granddaughter, Alyssah Jane Faith Tillman.

Bill is survived by his three children, Benjamin John Tillman (Joanna), William Joseph Tillman and Crystal June Crank (Damon), all of El Dorado; his two sisters, Kathy Pingleton (Phil) and Karla Porter, all of Topeka, Kan.; and 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Vassar Community Center. Inurnment will be in the Vassar Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas Prairie Pickers, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Online condolences may be left at feltnerfuneralhome.com.

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