Bill Racy

Funeral services for Bill J. Racy, 70, rural Lawrence will be held 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  He died Monday, May 30, 2011 at his home.

Bill was born on May 12, 1941 in West Mineral, KS, the son of John & Mary (Brynds) Racy.  

He grew up in West Mineral and moved to Lawrence in 1951.  He was a graduate of Lawrence High School.

He served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves. 

He retired as a custodian from USD #497. Earlier, he worked for Aeroquip Corporation and later its successor, Kinedyne Corporation.  He formerly owned Super Oil Service Station for many years in Lawrence. In high school, he worked at Cooks Paint & Blackburn Super Oil.  In West Mineral, KS, he had a newspaper route.

He was a member of West Mineral United Methodist Church.  He was active in the community and was a member of the Douglas County Trail Riders during the time when they were building an arena and clubhouse.  He was also an avid square dancer in his younger years.

Bill enjoyed living on his farm with his many critters (horses, cats, dogs, and cattle). 

He married Patricia Bonney on October 14, 1967 in Fenton, MO.  She survives of the home.  

Other survivors include two brothers, Don (wife, Ann) Racy and John (wife, Larysa) Racy, both of Lawrence, KS; nieces & nephews;  one sister-in-law, Toastie Racy, of Abilene, KS.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Mel Racy.

The family will receive friends from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on Monday at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Bill Racy Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of the mortuary. 



8 Condolences

  1. FRAN AND BOB VIGNA on June 1, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Fran and I send our love, condolences, thoughts and prayers to you Pat in the loss of your husband Bill and to the family in the lose of their brother and dear friend Bill.

    I have many happy memories of good times with Bill and the Racy family as we grew up together in Mineral. Many memories of visits to the Racy home. Our most recent happy memory was at Lake Clinton campground when all of the cousins could visit together to share a meal and to remember our childhood fun.

    in Christian love,

    Fran and Bob Vigna

  2. Heather on June 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Mr. Racy was a great guy. I grew up in the Lawrence public schools where he was a staple for the majority of my time there. He was a good man, kind, warm, and fun. He was so funny, and never hesitated to share a laugh with us, I’m very proud to have been one of his students. My deepest thought and prayers for his family.

  3. Jerome and Gaylene Rofkahr on June 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I am visiting in town and read that Bill had passed. I am very sorry for your loss. Remember our fun times bowling together.

  4. Bill and Angela Mitchell on June 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Bill and I are so sorry for your loss. Bill talks frequently fo Bill and working for him at the Super Oil. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We currently live in Clever, Missouri, am sorry to say will not be back for furneral. God Bless you

  5. Georgine McHenry on June 6, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. It breaks my heart. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Jeff Harkin on June 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Bill took care of the school I worked in. Anything you asked him to do was going to get done, and he was always up-beat and positve. When I would be getting done with my day teaching kids, his was just starting cleaning up after us all. Bill and I had many conversations through the years and I am glad I had the chance to know him. He was a part of West Junior High School for many years and we all miss him.

  7. DeeDee Blackburn on June 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I did not know Bill has passed until last week. I am so sorry for your loss. We will remember him with joy and kindnesss. We rode horses together and I named my pony, Stormy Jr. after his horse Stormy. He will surely be missed by all.

  8. saundra (thomas) pichelman on July 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    pat, I’m so sorry for your loss. I just found the email in my long list of emails. again – so sorry for your loss. Are you still aat the paper company?

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