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Wilburn Irven Bone Jr, 69, of Independence, Missouri, passed away on November 12th, 2021 at KU Hospital from Leukemia. Mr. Bone was born in August, 1952 to parents Wilburn and Norma Bone in St. Louis, Missouri.
Wilburn “Bill” Bone was a man of many capacities. Those who knew him rarely found a topic he could not comment or give insight to. Though from my eyes (his youngest son) he was a man of three parts; Career, Family and Faith.
His career was spent working in industrial science and manufacturing. Getting his start with Honeywell as a maintenance and calibration service man. His career moved to sales following his natural talent with people. Sales later evolved into consulting as one of the few Certified, Industrial Instrumentation and Engineering Technologists in our state. Power line distribution, wastewater management, Chevy and Ford plants, Boeing Aviation, Bayer Crop Science and many more companies and industries saw the benefit of Bill’s dedication and work throughout his career.
As a Husband and Father, he worked diligently to insure he was an active part of our lives. Long business trips and large projects often took much of his time. But he kept hard boundaries to ensure his family knew they were his priority. I recall most often hearing Mom praise his thoroughness of provision and focus on protecting the family from the strains of life. For his sons, many Saturday morning cartoons were interrupted with work days at the church or around the house. Many Sunday afternoons were spent practicing marksmanship or out in the wildlife preserves or taking apart something that was broken, in the hopes of learning a bit more about how it had worked. “Learn how it works. Learn how to work it.”- Bill Bone. Those were lessons and learning opportunities that I cannot begin to set a value to. After all, how does one count a father’s love?
My father’s faith was never a secret or something he made any pretense of hiding. Whether it was an offer of prayer or an open reference to how God was active in his day to day. Sharing his faith was how he lived his life and the foundation he chose to build that life on. He was not perfect, but he knew God’s love and grace through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection was greater than his mistakes. Bill chose to live a life in response to that love and grace. If there is anything you should know about my father it is this; He would want you to know love. He would tell you of how the grace and forgiveness he has received changed his life. How it could change yours in real and lasting ways. He would tell you of the only foundation for a life to be built on.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include wife; Chrystal Bone, Son; William Bone and Wife Alecia, Son; Jonathan Bone, Sister; Diane Tutini and Brother Jon Bone.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 at Connection Point Church in Raytown, Missouri. The graveside service will take place Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Annapolis Cemetery, 211 Allen Street, Annapolis, Missouri 63620.
If you would like to send flowers to the memorial service, please send them to Connection Point Church before 12:00 PM the day of the service. If you would like to send flowers to the graveside service please send them to Morrison Funeral Home, 100 Piedmont Ave, Piedmont, MO 63957. Memorial contributions are suggested to go to Hope Network at Connection Point Church or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.