Thursday, June 4, 2009

William "Bill" W. Center, 85, of Joplin, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at his home.

He was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Sawyer, Kan. He was raised and educated in Barry County. He moved to Joplin in 1992 after living in Aurora for more than 35 years.

He married Maleta "Pat" Bishop on Jan. 24, 1942, in Cassville. She survives.

Additional survivors include: two daughters, Barbara Fenske, of Purdy, and Katherine Wilkerson, of Joplin; three grandsons; and four great-granddaughters.

Graveside services were held May 22 at Clio Cemetery, Jenkins, with Reck Bushnell, minister, officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary, Joplin.