William Kenneth Roberts, age 61, died at his home in Lecompton, KS on July 19, 2012.
He was born in Littleton, CO on August 2, 1950 the son of Kenneth and Lena Jane Roberts. His mother died when he was six and his father was unable to raise him so he was raised by the Springer family in Douglas County and was particularly close to his Aunt Dorothy Springer.
He was a graduate of Lawrence High School. He joined the Air Force National Guard during the Vietnam War and completed his training in Wichita, KS in four weeks instead of the usual twelve and did so with honors.
He was employed at Hallmark Cards for 41 years. He is survived by his companion Victoria Bahnmaier, of the home, and two sisters Donna Ricci of Leeds, Utah and Mary Jane Rubano of Las Vegas, NV.
After his retirement from Hallmark he greatly enjoyed working on his farm south of Lecompton and taking care of his horses.
Bill was very interested in Lecompton history and particularly in the preservation of the old high school building thus memorials may be sent to the Committee for Pride, c/o of Bobby Morris, PO Box 197, Lecompton, KS 66050 and will be used in the effort to preserve the old high school in Lecompton.
He will be greatly missed by his friends and family. He was cremated and the family plans a memorial service in the spring of 2013. Services will be announced later.
Bill had a contagious smile. He was so excited to take that “Gal” out to dinner before she “left the country” as he put it. After that dinner they were committed to each other. Spending every minute, life dreams,hard- ships, going to the chapel in Vegas to marry not knowing an appointment was needed;near death illness, numerous surgeries for each. I know you loved and were loved,it’s so hard to see you go.Be at peace friend.
Vickie, I’m so very sorry about Bill’s death. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Vickie, so sorry to hear about Bill. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I am so sorry for your loss. Let me know if there is anything I can do. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
I knew Bill for years. We worked together at hallmark. I send my deepest condolences to the family and many prayers for peace.
Vicki – my heart goes out to you and my arms want to wrap around you. Bill always had a little smile whenever we would meet. He always made me feel welcome. I am glad for the friendship and love you two shared.
VICKI SO SORRY TO HEAR OF BILL’S deathTODAY.HE WAS A GREAT GUY AND ALWAYS LAUGHING NOT LETTING THINGS BOTHERING HIM JUST HAVING FUN. WE WILL MISS HIM!You are in our prayers.peace be with!
I went to grade school with Bill at Riverside School, he came to live with and be raised by his Aunt Dorothy Springer when we were in the fifth grade. Bill use to love to come to our house and play with some of the horses and ponies we had back then. We hadn’t seen each other in a long time but I’ll always remembered what good friends we had been back then. Time changes everything it seems,but we had some good times together for sure.Good bye old friend.
May your memories of Bill be cherished. I knew him by working with him at Hallmark. I send my heartfelt prayers to you and his family to find peace at this time.
Bill was my grandfather. Not by blood, but boy did he teach me more than any blood has. I was 16 when he died, and i still think about bill each and everyday. Love you pops, hope you got a miller high life and a shooting range in heaven.