Wednesday, March 19, 2014

William Richard "Bill" Collier, 91, of Cassville, passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in his home.

He was born July 30, 1922, in Kansas City, the son of Albert and Lucille (Cramer) Collier. On Nov. 3, 1959, in Lenexa, Kan., he was united in marriage to Nora Jane Bowden, who preceded him in death on Feb. 16, 2008. Also preceding him in death were his parents; a grandson, and one brother, Robert Collier.

Survivors include: three daughters, Constance Brown and her husband, Ty, of Purdy, Nancy Smith, of Cleburne, Texas, and Cathy Gower, of Branson; two grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one great-grandson; and four step-great-grandchildren.

He grew up and received his education in Kansas City, where he attended Westport High School. From April 1939 to April 1943, he was the leader of his own 11-piece dance band and played the trumpet, while directing an orchestra in nightclubs and hotels. He was in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. For 20 years, he was associated with the Fox Theatre Circuit in the greater Kansas City area. He sang at many churches in the Cassville area and in Branson. He was a member of Corinth Baptist Church, Cassville.

Funeral services were held Saturday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Brother Bob Neeley conducted the services. Burial with military honors was at Corinth Cemetery, Cassville.

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