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William James “Bill” Greer, 55, of Columbia passed away Saturday, February 21, 2009 at his home. Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 26, 2009 at Oliver Funeral Home in Centralia with Eulogies following the visitation. Bill was born March 5, 1953 in Roswell, New Mexico to the late Edward and Wilma (Hart) Greer. On June 2, 1989 he married Ellen Deavers in Steelville, MO and she survives him of the home. He worked for Manchester Packaging in St. James, MO for 10 years, also 10 years at Diversified Plastics in Centralia and worked the last 5 years at the Columbia Missourian most recently as Production Supervisor. Bill is also survived by his son Jason Daniel Lyons and his wife Cassandra of Centralia, a brother Shelton Greer and his wife Julie also of Centralia, two sisters, Sylvia Greer-Summers and her husband Dan of Rolla, MO and Edna Ward and her husband Virgil of Lincoln, NE, as well as three grandchildren Brittany, Madison and Brendon all of Centralia. He was a man of integrity, strength and honesty whom loved his family, his friends and the Kansas City Chiefs. The family requests memorial contributions to the Boone County Fire District Station 1 First Responders or the Central Missouri Humane Society.
Ruth Hines says
To the Family of Bill Greer. I had the honor of working with Bill at the Columbia Missourian. I was in sales and he was the production manager. Bill was a very honest, caring and humble man. It was an honor to work with him. His love for his family, his faith and the Chief’s were very strong. Rest in peace Bill.
Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of a wonderful man.
Dan Martin says
To the family of Bill Greer: It has been 30 years since I have seen or spoke with Bill. My heart swells with sadness when I think about the loss of my fraternity brother. Bill (“Rosie”, frat nickname)was gentle, wise and the best, loyal kind-of-man you could have as a fraternity brother. My sincere condolences to the entire family.
Gail Reece says
To the family and friends of Bill Greer. I had the honor of getting to know Bill in high school. I remember many Saturday afternoons on the Greer farm with his wonderful family. In those days nothing was more important to me than those great high school friends. I guess I thought we would never lose track of each other, but we did. Bill was very important to me and I have shared the many adventures we experienced together with my family (at least the appropriate ones). Bill documented some of our experieces of the 1971 school year in my yearbook. I have read the full page accounting of that year nearly every year since. The adventures we had weren’t life changing but they did help mold the men we would become I’m sure. Bill brought a calm to a tense or frightening situation. I always felt safe when Bill was with me. I knew he would do anything to protect the ones he loved. I am so sorry that Bill is no longer with you in body, but he will always be with us in our memories. For me Bill has been and will continue to be a young, strong and loyal friend. I’m so happy I knew him.