William (Bill) Meili was a lifelong resident of Lincoln County where he attended Pleasant Valley County School until 8th grade. He attended Vesper High school grades 9 and 10 and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1943.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; three brothers, Albert Rippie, Robert Meili, and Ray Meili; and three sisters, Wilma Block, Alice Block, and Dorothy Meier.
Left to celebrate his life are: his wife, Larinda; three sons, Gary (Carrie) of Lincoln, Larry (Rita) of Phillipsburg, and Doug (Janet) of Overland Park; two daughters, Joyce (Bob) Bunch of Phillipsburg, and Sharon (Rick) Hiss of Great Bend; six grandchildren Billie Meili, Travis Meili, Bethany Jessup, Cody Meili, Vicki Korobka and Amy Bunch; twelve great grandchildren Isaac, Isabella, Jude, Daniel and Elijah Meili; Gracie and William Jessup, Trace and Brooke Hanchett, Kalinda and Katlin Meili; Lily Casper; sister Jo Ann (Norman) Hemmer of Topeka; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 and served with the 35th Infantry Division, seeing action in France, Holland, and Germany. He was discharged in 1946, but was called back to active duty during the Korean Conflict from 1950-1951.
Bill returned to the family farm after service and took over the farming when his parents moved to Lincoln. On April 18, 1954, William and Larinda (Meier) were united in marriage at St. Pauls Lutheran Church of rural Lincoln, Kansas. To this union 5 children were born: Joyce, Gary, Larry, Sharon and Doug. His family grew to include 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Bill was an all-around person, beginning with helping as a telephone operator at Vesper Kansas, working for Flahertys Plumbing and Heating, and helping neighbors with farming. His joy in life was farming for 64 years where he raised crops, operated a dairy, and raised livestock. There was nothing Bill couldn't fix; he always carried a pair of pliers with him and baling wire in the pickup. If you knew Bill, you would see him with a tooth pick in his mouth and pencils in the pocket of his overalls.
Bill was active in the Lincoln County Farm Bureau, the Post Rock Promenaders Square Dance Group, Lincoln County VFW and faithful member of St John Lutheran Church.
Visitation will be 1-7:00 PM Friday, December 18 at Hall Chapel, with the family present from 5 -7 PM.
The funeral will be held at St John Lutheran Church on Saturday, December 19, at 11:00 AM, with interment to follow in Lincoln City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church.