Bill Koon, 76, passed away peacefully in Houston, Texas, surrounded by loved ones, on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
He graduated from Cassville High School with the class of 1961.
Billís life began in rural Missouri and ended in Houston, Texas, tracing a path across far-flung parts of the globe and touching many lives.
Born as William James Koon in Cassville, Missouri, Bill grew up working on his grandparentís J.A. and Ida Blalackís farm then went on to graduate from Missouri University, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and his Masterís of Business Administration.
He served in the Army Corps of Engineers during the Vietnam War, where he rose through the ranks to 2nd Lieutenant and was awarded the Bronze Star.
After the war, Bill worked as a pipeline engineer on projects for the oil and gas industry in the U.S. and abroad.
While his career took him to distant locations like India, Indonesia, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, and Columbia, he always called Tulsa and Houston home.
He lived in Tulsa for 30 years before moving to Houston. In both Tulsa and Houston, he pursued his passions for sailing and barbecue. He was involved in TASS and Sail La Vi, where he crewed a number of voyages. His contributions to barbecue will be sorely missed.
After working as a senior pipeline engineer for over 40 years, he remained active as a greeter at Wal-mart where he continued to bring smiles to the faces of those around him.
He is preceded in passing by his parents, Mary Koon and Carter Koon and daughter, Laurie Koon, and brother-in-law, Jerry Crowe.
He is survived by his loving wife Laura Spencer, his sister Ann Crowe, his daughter, Jenni Koon, sons Matthew Koon and Andrew Koon and his dog Pickles.
Bill was an inspiration in all of the lives that he touched. His reason and his passion were the rudder and sails of his seafaring soul.