William “Bill” Boyd Estill, 95, of Arkansas City, KS died Saturday, June 30, 2018, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center. Funeral services have been scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 12, 2018, at the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Stephanie Wall Brown will officiate. Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery. Friends may greet the family 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at the funeral home. Bill was born February 12, 1923, to Burnel and Helen (Lingenfelter) Estill… Read More » in Houston, TX. While growing up, Bill’s parents moved and lived in several different states. In 1937, the family moved to Wichita, KS where Bill entered the 9th grade at Roosevelt Junior High School. Bill went on to graduate from East High in 1942. During these years, Bill carried the Wichita Beacon after school. After graduation, Bill went to work at Boeing for 8 months. As WWII was going on, Bill was inducted into the Army Air Corps in February, 1943. He went through basic training in Florida and schools in North Carolina and Illinois. In April of 1944, Bill was assigned 34th Bomb Group, 8th Army Air Corps. In April, 1944, his unit was shipped to England where they operated during the war. After the war, Bill received his honorable discharge on October 25, 1945, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After WWII ended, Bill went a year and a half to Wichita State University and then another two and a half years to Kansas State University where he graduated in January, 1950, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. In February, 1949, Bill married Cheryl Strait at College Hill Methodist Church in Wichita, KS. After graduation, Bill and Cheryl moved to Arkansas City, KS where he was employed with Kanotex, which later became Anderson Prichard, APCO, and Total Oil Refinery. Bill retired in June of 1984, after working more than 34 years. He retired as Chief Mechanical Engineer at the refinery. Bill and Cheryl lived 29 of those years in a staff house next to the refinery. Bill and Cheryl are the parents of Brad and Janalyn. An infant child was still-born. In 1950, Bill and Cheryl joined the old First United Methodist Church where the Brown Center is now located. Later the Methodist Church was relocated and built on the north side of town. Bill served the Methodist Church in many categories including teaching 8th grade Sunday School as well as teaching the Home Builders Class for many years. He worked as an Usher during his senior years and helped mow the church lawn for over 35 years. Bill was active in many other organizations. He helped coach little league baseball, and was leader in Cub Scout Pack #328. One year he accompanied the Cub Scout Pack to a camp west of Augusta, KS for a week. Bill was past President of the Toastmaster’s Club and President for 2 years of the Optimist Club. Bill joined the Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1957, and was an active member. He was a life time member of the Spencer Ralston Post #1254 V.F.W. Bill enjoyed his retirement years by traveling, fishing, and playing golf. He was an accomplished golfer, winning the Senior Golf Tournament in 1996. In 1990, his wife, Cheryl suffered a severe stroke and for many years Bill was her care giver until her death in 2005. Survivors include his son Brad Estill of Huntington Beach, CA; daughter Janalyn Romero and husband Chuck of Glendale, AZ; nieces Nancy Jones of Rose Hill, KS; Cathy Parsons and her children Christopher and Michael of Andover, KS; children Ginger, Loren, and Sheldon of deceased, Carol Golden and surviving husband Jim; nephew Herbert Jones and wife Kay and children David, Matthew, and Christopher of Rose Hill, KS. A memorial has been established for the First United Methodist Church of the Spencer Ralston Post #1254 V.F.W. Contributions may be made through the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be made at www.rindt-erdman.com.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of William Bill Boyd Estill 2018. Rindt – Erdman Funeral Home
Death notice for the town of: Arkansas City, state: Kansas