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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.