Rev. Bill Tudor, 95, Overbrook: June 7, 1924 – Oct. 16, 2019

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Rev. William “Bill” Tudor, 95, died Oct. 16, 2019, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. William Glenn Tudor was born June 7, 1924, in Lakeview, Ohio, the oldest of eight children of Omer William and Pauline Houchin Tudor.

He graduated from Belle Center, Ohio, High School in 1942, and worked as an aircraft mechanic at Wright Patterson Field before joining the Navy in 1943. He served on the USS Lake Champlain during World War II. After discharge from the Navy, he earned degrees from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, in 1948, and from Evangelical Theological Seminary, Naperville, Ill., in 1951.

He married Phyllis Ella Watkins on May 13, 1944. They enjoyed 71 years of marriage until her death on Aug. 14, 2015.Together they served Evangelical United Brethren and United Methodist churches in Batavia, Ill.; Drummond, Okla.; and Leonardville, Holton and Overbrook, Kan.

As a pastor, he especially enjoyed overseeing building projects, including a new church and nursing home in Leonardville, a new parsonage and nursing home in Holton, and a new church in Overbrook. For many years, he and Phyllis led and organized “Tudor Tours,” traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada with groups of church youth and adults. The couple also created a foundation to support Camp Forest Park, where they were active in the leadership of Summer Assembly for more than 60 years.

After retirement, Bill and Phyllis moved to a farm north of Overbrook, where he enjoyed feeding the catfish and working in his garden, often donating his “excess” produce to church friends and the cooks at Brookside. He had been a member of the Overbrook Rotary Club since 1983.

He is survived by sons, Bill (Lorie), Wilmington, Del., and Steve (May), Topeka, Kan.; daughters, Phyllis (Ed) Daniels, Fort Worth, Texas, and Imozelle (Jim) McVeigh, San Diego, Calif.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Don Tudor, and a sister, Eileen Williams, both of Ohio.

A celebration of life for Rev. Tudor will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the Overbrook United Methodist Church, 1005 Maple St., Overbrook.

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