William Howell Jayne

1st Sgt, William Howell Jayne, USMC, Retired, 76, of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed away on May 27, 2013, at the Kansas City VA Medical Center Hospice.  Memorial Services with full military honors will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at The American Legion 499 Missouri 7, Blue Springs, MO 64014. His cremains will be interred at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Bill was born on May 20, 1937, in Laceyville, PA. He served in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years including two tours in Vietnam.  He retired as a 1st Sgt in 1974.  Bill also worked at the United States Postal Service for 20 years, retiring as a post master in 1997.  He was a member of The American Legion 499, Elks Lodge #2509, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 30, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps Association, and WebWhispers Nu-Voice Club.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Ethel Jayne, and his siblings, Grace Wilhelm and John Stahl.  His survivors include:  siblings Rev.Carlos Jayne, Rev.Patricia Newhart, Ronald Jayne, Sandra Monday; former wife, Jerry Ann Jayne; daughter, Sue Ellen Jayne; son, William Jayne; grandson, Truett Colbert; longtime companion, Jewell Reade; many cousins, nieces, nephews; and countless friends, among them his best friend, Jim Tribble.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to KCVA Hospice and Palliative Care, 4801 East Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64128.

Arrangements made by Heartland Cremation and Burial Society and The American Legion 499.


  1. Bill Newhart on May 30, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    R.I.P Uncle Bill.
    You will be missed.
    Once a Marine ,always a Marine!
    I will miss you,Uncle John,Aunt Grace,Grandma & Graandpa Jayne.

  2. Brenda Sanders on May 30, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I am sorry to hear of this loss to your family. I remember you, Sue Ellen, with great fondness and want to express my sympathy to you. God bless you as you miss your Dad so much, with comfort and peace. My prayers are with you.

  3. Melissa Cramer on May 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Sue Ellen, this is a wonderful tribute to your dad. I appreciate and am thankful to the courageous men (and women) who fought for us, our country and our freedom. What an honor to his memory and years of service to have his final resting place amongst the other hero’s of our country. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Missy Ready

  4. Chriss Blystone on May 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to Bill’s family. I have been blessed to have known him and to have his wonderful daughter as a friend.

  5. Renee Medellin on May 31, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Sue Ellen & Truitt,
    Our family sends you our deepest condolences & sympathy. Thinking of you both and sending you hugs and prayers for peace in this difficult time.

    Love you both, The Medellins

  6. Kathleen King on May 31, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Aunt Jerry Ann, Cousin’s Sue Ellen and Billy, and second cousin Truitt.
    Uncle Bill was and always will be one of my favorite Uncles. I can still see him standing at the picnic and smiling at all the little kids. He will be missed. I love you all very much.
    God Bless this family. My prayers are with you all.

  7. Dee Anne Alexander on May 31, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Dear Jayne Family,
    Even though I didn’t get to see Uncle Bill very often over the past several years he has always held a special place in my heart. To me he has always been an example of a strong, good and wise man and a wonderful uncle.
    Peace be in your hearts at this difficult time.
    Love, Dee Anne

  8. Janice Heinzle on May 31, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Will remember and always love you Uncle Bill. Such a nice person with the greatest smile.

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