William F. "Bill" DeBonis

Friday, November 22, 2013

William F. "Bill" DeBonis, 92, of Kansas City, formerly of Shell Knob, passed away Oct. 9, 2013. He was born on June 12, 1921, in Kansas City, Kan., to James and Flora "Green" DeBonis.

He grew up at Bonner Springs, Kan. He served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps during both World War II and the Korean War as an aircraft mechanic and instructor. After the war, he worked for Phillips Petroleum before pursuing his interest in woodworking as a carpenter for J.C. Nichols, where he helped build several landmark Kansas City shopping centers. He eventually became a custom homebuilder.

He married Faith Withers in 1942. They were married for 71 years.

He and Faith lived in Kansas City, Kan., until 1971 when they moved to Shell Knob, where he continued building homes. In 1989, he was honored by the Shell Knob Lions Club with a Distinguished Service Award for "outstanding service to his community." After 36 years in Shell Knob, they moved back to Kansas City in 2007.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marie.

Survivors include: his wife, Faith; daughters, Carol Lovett and Susan DeBonis and her husband, Michael Jarlund; two granddaughters; four great-grandsons; and one sister, Alice Petty.