Mexico, Mo. —
William ‘Bill’ Yancey
PERRY – Funeral services for William R. “Bill” Yancey, 73, of Perry will be at Noon Saturday, November 28, 2009 at Living Water Ministries, Perry with Reverend Eldon Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, north of Perry.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at Living Water Ministries. Services are under the direction of Bienhoff Funeral Home of Perry.
Mr. Yancey passed away at 7:09 p.m. November 25, 2009 at Boone Hospital Center, Columbia.
He was born November 8, 1936 in Hannibal, the son of Marvin O'Neal and Grace Foster Yancey.
He was married to Frances Mahood on June 5, 1957 in Perry, and she survives.
Other survivors include two sons and their spouses, Dean and Kris Yancey, and Jason and Kristy Yancey, all of Perry; three granddaughters, Emily Yancey, Elizabeth Pearl Yancey, and Victoria Lynn Yancey, all of Perry; and one step grandson, Raymond Orf of Perry.
He was a lifetime area resident. He attended Greenlawn School through the eighth grade and graduated from Perry High School in 1954. He began farming and raising livestock. He enjoyed working with his cattle throughout his entire life. He entertained everyone he met with stories about his past work histories with the MFA Exchange, the Perry Telephone Company, the Farber Brick Plant, Moorman Feeds, insurance sales, and especially working construction on the Clarence Cannon Dam. In 1981 the dam was completed and Bill was one of the last crew members to leave. He was able to purchase an unused building. With it, he, his wife, and sons began one of his proudest accomplishments, Yancey Auto Parts. They turned a one building body shop into one of the largest automotive recycling centers in the midwest. They opened a new retail store in Columbia in the last year. He was well respected and loved by all of the employees.
Another proud moment for Bill was the opening of the Perry Christian Academy. After a building was secured for the school, a gymnasium was needed and Bill was one of the first to step forward to make sure it was built. He spent many hours every year visiting people and business to raise funds for PCA insuring a future education for his grandchildren and the children of his community.
He was a charter member and very active in the Living Water Ministries and a lifetime member of the NRA. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his three granddaughters. Among his hobbies were his guns, motorcycles and horses.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Christian Academy.
Pallbearers will be Tom Asquith, Bob Stevens, Eugene Kirtlink, Rick Dopplick, Doug Bryant, and Don Duncan. Honorary pallbearers will be the employees of Yancey Auto Parts.