William Robert Wrigley

William (Butch) Wrigley, 70, of Raytown, Missouri passed away on January 9, 2021 at home from ALS. A Celebration Of Life will be held at a later date.

Mr. Wrigley was born on July 3, 1950 in Kansas City, Missouri to Robert Lee and Norma Jean Wrigley. Bill (Butch aka Rigs) was a Vietnam Veteran, with medals for Sharpshooter (rifle M-14 & grenades), Overseas Service Bar, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He was a retired Outboard Motor Technician. He loved boat racing and has stayed close to his buddies, the Smokin’ Oakies and more. Family was very important to Bill. He loved his children but the grandchildren and great grandchildren made him light up inside.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Robert L. and Norma Jean (Williams) Wrigley.

Survivors include his life partner of 43 years, Sandy; their children, Brandon and Shondra; their grandchildren, Eryn, Shane, Brendon (Tok), Evie, Lexi and partner Jerry Green, and their daughters Emma and Ella; another son, Travis Wrigley and his children, Hannah and Chase; another daughter, Toni Marie. As well as his beloved brother and sister in law, Mark and Barb Wrigley.


  1. Lexi on January 14, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    He was my rock he was who I looked to for help or anything I needed grandpa could provide it . He was my hero he was more of a father than a grandpa . He taught me so many life lessons that I will carry forever and pass down to my children . I love you grandpa always stay with me

  2. Tausha Mae Green on January 14, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Bill was such a nice and kind hearted man, he ALWAYS loved being around his family especially the grand children. He was always so kind to me and my family, and always asked me how i was doing. My condolences to his family, heaven has gained one AMAZING angel,may he fly high snd always look down on each one of you.

  3. Sandy on January 14, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    You took us on a rollercoaster life for sure, but you were our rock, the glue that bonded us. You are everywhere I look, I really miss you! I’m so sorry you had to suffer like you did, and pray you are whole again, with our loved ones who had gone before. Sending undying love

  4. Somer Benton on January 14, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Pops was the first father figure in my life. He taught me how important loyalty is and to give zero “f**ks” about what people think or say about you. His words and actions left a huge impact on me and who I have become. Although our paths had separated many years ago, I’m reminded daily of what a family unit is and means because of what Bill and Sandy instilled in me. My heart goes out to his family, for I know how deeply they all loved him. May all the wonderful memories of your life together get you through this tough time. Bill would want to have the last word so I’ll just have a shot of Irish Whiskey and stfu. XOXO

  5. Gina Fore (Wrigley) on January 14, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Prayers for the rest of the family. I have many fond memories from childhood and sure he will be missed dearly.

  6. Will on January 14, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Bill was a father figure for me. Since my own father MIA most my life. He gave me life lessons an helped me on my journey of growing up. He would always go out of his way day or night make sure you were taken care of fixing starters in a busy parking lot or bringing a jack to change a tire.He took me on family vacations with his family. I got to have some of my best moments of life going lake. Which he would invite everyone to partake he truly was a family man an welcomed everyone to come BIG MAN BIG FAMILY you will be missed pops cheers to you. We will miss you.

  7. Robin Stewart on January 14, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Bill , AKA “Butch “ it’s hard to believe that you are gone here on earth. Glad you are not suffering anymore, we had a lot of fun at work all those years,I think of all the great times with you , Sandy and family. Butch was always there to help if you needed anything. You will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Rest In Peace. ??

  8. Robin Stewart on January 14, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Bill , AKA “Butch “ it’s hard to believe that you are gone here on earth. Glad you are not suffering anymore, we had a lot of fun at work all those years,I think of all the great times with you , Sandy and family. Butch was always there to help if you needed anything. You will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Rest In Peace. ??

  9. B Wrigley on January 14, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Dad, Pops ,Father … My go too ,my Mr fix it ,my mechanic ,my confidant, my rock, my BFF and most importantly my Dad… Thank you for always having my back and being there for me! Thank you for showing me to put family 1st and so many other lessons …Like playing pranks on everyone or being overprotective or the tough love. I get it now …I love you more than I can ever put in to words. I will cherish are memories through eternity ….I’m really going to miss ya pops !! May god have mercy on your soul !! Love your son Brandon… P.S. don’t worry I will keep giving em hell… XOXO

  10. Debbie Carminucci on January 14, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Mark my heart and prayers goes out to you! Keep his memories obviously Gone Too Soon!

  11. Mark Wrigley on January 15, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Having Butch for a brother growing up wasn’t always easy, but as we got older, I realized I truly had a partner in crime, someone to always have my back and support me. Butch was generous, loving and dedicated to our family. He was always there for me. The world will truly never be the same without him, but I will hold the memory of him close to my heart forever.

  12. Mel on January 15, 2021 at 10:26 am

    My best friend for 50 years.He is and will be missed…

  13. Simon sullivan on January 15, 2021 at 10:28 am

    I’m glad to of known. Bill was a hard worker,family man and a freind.gave me a hard time cuss I needed it.gave me some good advice. Helped me threw a hard time. I’m gonna miss you brother.

  14. Bonnie Moyer on January 15, 2021 at 11:43 am

    My deepest sympathy to the family,I lost my sister to ALS it’s such a horrible disease,may he Rest In Peace.I knew Butch way back in the late 60’s.my prayers go out to his family.
    Bonnie Moyer


  15. Stella M. Kimber on January 15, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Bill, you know you were a real HOOT.
    Thank- you for being there for Dacia
    & Tuke.
    I’m so sorry you had to suffer so much.
    The last time I saw you I told you that
    I love you ?? may you Rest In Peace.

  16. Eryn Wrigley on January 15, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    It was hard to come to terms with writing this but Im doing this for my grandpa he was such an incredible person he did everything or anything for me he was such a fighter he always teased and played tricks on everyone he was the best, if i needed a ride he would be there if i needed anything from the store he would get it ,he had so much energy and he was filled with some much love for his family. He may not be physically here but he will be with me forever. XOXO your favorite grandchild,eryn

  17. Brendon Wrigley on January 15, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    I will forever miss my grandfather. He had such a big heart. Thanks for being there for me and my family. He would do anything for the people he loved .In this crazy world …I love you so much grandpa ! I wish we had a million more years together …. I will forever miss you Love always &forever! Polo aka Tok aka your favorite… grandson at least …

  18. Shondra on January 15, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Dad where do I start, thank you so much for being there for my daughters and me. Thank you for raising me to be strong and never take shit from anybody. You were the strongest person I have ever known. We are definitely going to be so lost without you. I’m still having a hard time excepting it’s real. Our family is not complete without you. I am so sorry you had to fight such a horrible disease but you were so strong and you fought until the end no more suffering. I love you so much Rest In Peace angel .

  19. Matt Heath on January 15, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    I knew Bill pretty much my whole life. He was a hard man but a good man. He certainly seemed to like things the way he liked them.
    I’ll say for a while, it felt like it might have took ol’ Bill a little while to warm up to me. Not sure. But either way, I kept coming around and he kept seeing me. And eventually we got to know each other better and better. We definitely had both ups and downs, but sure enough he did warm up to me and BIG!
    I’m so glad that we got to be a part of each other’s lives and he will very much be missed.

  20. John Sortore on January 16, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    To my friend and confidant may you rest in paradise. You will be in my thoughts forever, all the advise,hard truths,and some hard headed moments I will cherish forever. Gonna miss you hommie.

  21. Jacob DEAL on January 17, 2021 at 1:16 am

    For all those that knew this great man words can’t express how we all are going to miss you so very much you’ve always had a back 100% And when we were wrong you still had our back all the way back to the house phone that same number you always had I could call you anytime on it you would always answer a collect call from me means a lot to me I’ll never forget you for that man love you Pops watch over us we need you more than ever my condolences to your loved ones

  22. Steve Wages on January 18, 2021 at 6:44 am

    Though I had not seen you in over 50 years Butch, I never forgot you. Our dad’s were great friends and at times when I would come to your house as a young teen with my dad you were always friendly and engaging, even though you were much older than me. The one time you even took me riding around on your motorcycle as I had never ridden on one. Oh, and at that time you were also kind of ornery 🙂
    Give Red and Wendy a hug for me
    Rest in Peace Butch

  23. Bobby D. on January 19, 2021 at 9:37 am

    I remember the times when Bill, B, and I would hit the lake an kick it, all the barbeques in the backyard, or sitting at the bar at the old Outback eating steak an drinking cold ones. I remember when Lexi was a lil bitty girl, and how alert he would be with her when we would be out an about, he kept that baby in his radar at all times!!! Bill was a good man an all about his family. Bill kept it real, if he didn’t like you he let you know, and he would tell you about yourself, if he didnt like what you was doing, or about to do, he would tell you from within his deep thoughts why, and a couple times he caught me before i made a move an talked me out of it. The relationship between him an his son B was beyond genuine, how close they was was very much respected an appreciated by myself, I loved to see it!!!
    RIP Homey, no more suffering!!!
    I love you Pops, I will see you THERE!!! have a cold one ready.

  24. Jason sandy on January 19, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    A role model he was not! The man tried to get me to tattoo “dud” on my forehead for years!!! There are very few people I have endless respect for, pops was one of those people. His laugh was that will never be forgotten. It was unmistakable. You could be in the worst of moods, but the second you hear that laugh everything just seemed to wash away. I won’t tell any stories because there are too many to choose from, so I will just this: I can’t hear you, the radio is too loud. The people that matter will get this. I will never stop loving this man and his family.

  25. Justin on January 19, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Anyone that knew bill knew he was a great man I’ll never forget all the times we went to the lake outback and Vegas a couple times he was always there for me and I will never forget that I’m so glad I got to spend some time with him over this past year I will miss you my friend and I love you

  26. Travis Wrigley on January 19, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Dad… You were the last of a dying breed a soldier….Worked hard at the art marine mechanics.Made light of life…. Loved by his sons, daughter and grandkids. You will be dearly missed, by a life cut to short. Love you T….

  27. Danny Williams on January 19, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    It saddens me to think that a family,once so strong, has drifted and wind blown across the seas of life,bound only by memories,of which I cherish!

  28. Tim Snider on January 20, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Rest In Peace my friend…

  29. Bob Snider on January 20, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    RIP brother you will be missed by many…

  30. Klint Klesath on January 20, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    RIP brother

  31. Shane Wrigley on February 20, 2021 at 1:51 am

    Love you grandpa…. I will always remember your personality .You were true never sugar coded anything even at the end .I finally got to see your true soft side .I enjoyed stories of your life and many cool things. He would say he loved me …man and was sorry for being mean at times. I love you grandpa !! it’s truly not the same with out you in this world ! Love Shane !

  32. Harry and “trigger” Wegley on February 21, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    We always looked forward to seeing Butch. One of the “Family” we related to and missed when he wasn’t around.

    He will be missed.

  33. Mike P ORiley on February 28, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    He was a good man and always a lot fun to hang out with.You will be missed my friend

  34. Connie on May 4, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Gosh, I almost have no words. So sorry to have lost you so early. Sorry I couldn’t spend the time we use to together life takes you by the butt and away you go. Your an amazing man who raised an amazing family.
    God bless you may you fly with the angels.

  35. Dacia on July 3, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    Happy Birthday Pops. You are as missed as you knew you would be! Keep a couple off ice for me

  36. Christopher Smith on July 18, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Let me tell you about Bill…..This man had zero filters and made it clear how he felt about any given situation at all times. He was always there for his children& folks he loved. He might of seemed hardcore to some but truly had a heart of gold. One of a kind. There was many times he had to tell me just how much of a dumb ass I was being and his words anyways opened my eyes. He always treated me like family when I was around and in his eyes we could really do no wrong. Bill man you will be missed but never ever forgotten….Dough.

  37. Ron Lentz on August 6, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    If you were going to get in trouble, I can think of no one more fun to do it with than Butch. Here it is 7 months since he passed & I just found out….sad how families can drift apart. Butch, I do believe we will cross paths again, We’ll do that dinner we talked about.

  38. Dave Leatz on May 13, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    So sorry to hear of Bills passing. He was a great man! I will always remember the great times we had together. Rest in peace my friend!

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