William “Bill” Faulkner, 96, of Kearney, Missouri, entered into eternal rest on December 27, 2022 at 12:10 p.m. Bill was born to Elijah and Annie Bell in Platte City on July 17,1926.
Bill grew up there and graduated from Platte City High School. After high school he joined the United States Army, where he served in World War II as well as the Korean War. He also married his first wife, Lula Mae, and they had two sons. Lula passed early in life and Bill met Corinne with her one son and five daughters. Bill and Corinne married in August of 1971 when these two families combined as one.
Bill worked at the grain elevators most of his life and retired from Wolcott and Lincoln. He loved to hunt and fish. After retirement Bill enjoyed taking his grandchildren and great grandchildren to Watkins Mill and the family lake lot at Pony Express. Bill loved to garden and tend to his lawn. He and his beloved poodle Dinker Poo would spend hours making sure the weeds were pulled and the best vegetables were growing and the prettiest flowers were coming to bloom. Bill enjoyed time with his family and sharing his knowledge, whether in be in fishing, poker, cards, dominos or the the hottest peppers and best tomatoes. You knew it was time for some schooling in a game when grandpa came out with his jug of change.
Bill was saved and believed in the words of our Lord and Savior and that’s how he lived his life. Bill was know by many titles: son, brother, husband, dad, uncle, grandpa, papa and friend. All of these titles were filled with love, patience and understanding. To know Bill was to love him. He is forever loved and will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings; wife Lula Mae; wife Corinne; son, Roger; daughter-in-law Diane; and two great grandchildren.
He is survived by his children, son Mike Faulkner of Kansas City, Kansas, daughter-in-law Anna (Roger) Faulkner of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, son Leroy and Mary Davidson of Lowry City, Missouri, daughter Melodi and Manuel Vega of Corpus Christi, Texas, daughter Rachel and Gary Shubert of Gallatin, Missouri, daughter Bonnie Coe and family of Kearney, Missouri, daughter Mary and Phillip Duncan of Tonkawa, Oklahoma, daughter Betty Lee and family of Kearney Missouri; 30 grandchildren; 62 great grandchildren and 19 great-great grandchildren; two nieces and families and many extended family and friends.
The Service will be on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 11 o’clock a.m. with Visitation starting at 10 o’clock a.m. Services will be at the Bross and Spidle Chapel, 208 S. Jefferson, Kearney, MO 64060. There will be a Military Honors Graveside Service at 12:30 p.m. at the Platte City Cemetery on 3rd Street.
Our Sincere Condolences
As I drive by Bill and Corrine’s home in Kearney I have often thought of Bill. Wondering how he is doing? Today I decided after seeing children toys in their front yard I had a feeling Bill had passed in to a GREATER PLACE. He was a wonderful friend to my mom after my dad passed and a wonderful friend to myself. He will be missed.
Tammy Smith (Hensley)