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William E. “Bill” Morford

April 19, 2019

St. Marys—William E. “Bill” Morford, 58, passed away Friday, April 19, 2019 at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka.


He was born January 18, 1961 in Onaga, the son of Rey E. and Patricia A. Cassity Morford. Bill grew up in the Delia/Emmett communities and graduated from St. Marys High School in 1979.


Bill worked for the local COOP from 1979 until his retirement this year, working for Farmers Union COOP, Nemaha County COOP and then Ag Partners COOP. He played guitar and sang in the Wilson Flicker Band. Bill was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council 657 in St. Marys. He coached baseball and softball. He truly enjoyed fishing, woodworking and cars, and loved all of his family.


He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, David; and his daughter, Kristin Dee Morford on July 4, 2010.


On May 28, 1983 he was united in marriage to Nancy L. Flerlage at Immaculate Conception Church in St. Marys. She survives of the home.


Other survivors include his son, Daniel Morford, Wichita; a brother, Arthur Morford, Topeka; three sisters, Diana (Bob) Dolezilek, Holton, Deborah (Richard) Beasterfeld, Belvue and Jean Holt, Holton; along with several nieces and nephews.


Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys. Bill will lie in state and the family will receive friends Wednesday, April 24, 2019, from 5:00 until the rosary at 7:00 P.M. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Johnson Cancer Research Center at KSU and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536. To leave online condolences go to www.piperfuneralhome.com.


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32 thoughts on “William E. “Bill” Morford

  1. We are sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Cousin Louise in Texas sent me his obit today. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. So very sorry to hear of your loss. Although I did not know Bill well, he was a thoughtful and kind person with a wonderful smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  3. I am so sorry about your loss of Bill…He was a good man and will be deeply missed…Nancy, may you feel Gods love and healing touch…Sincerely, Charlotte Kling

  4. So sorry with the passing of Bill. He was a wonderful man to know. Always so friendly, happy and caring. Out thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Chub & Jackie

  5. Saddened to hear of our loss. Bill was a blessing to all with his smile and attitude toward life. May God comfort his family.

  6. Sorry for your loss Nancy. Bill was such a great guy. He did everything with enthusiasm and joy. Soooo many good memories of fixin’ cars, hanging out, play in’ gigs with the band, cruising… Then he met this pretty little Ferlage girl and his life changed into a better gear. What a blessing! And he was always willing to chip in and help others. I’m thinking he is a plus up for heaven! I’m praying for you. Blessings – Jim

  7. I never saw Bill without a smile on his face. What a kind, genuine soul that had to leave too quickly. May God hold your family close.

  8. Dear family,
    Our thoughts are with you…Bill was a very kind man with an amazing smile! His strength in difficult times will always be an inspiration. We have been greatly blessed to know your family. He will be remembered…always.

  9. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathies for the family. Bill was one of the most kind men I’ve ever known.

  10. Morford Family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy in your loss of Bill. I had not seen him in years, but our families lived as neighbors back when we were all kids. My condolences to the family. May He Rest In Peace & God Speed……
    The Stums ~ Sis & Wilbur, Jr.

  11. So very sorry, Nancy & Daniel for the loss of your beloved husband & father. Bill was such a kind person. May God give you his loving comfort and peace.

  12. Sorry for your loss. We will miss Bill. He was a great father, husband, and friend of our family. Prayers to your family.

  13. Nancy and Daniel, So very sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you both. Bill was one of the good guys I will say. He was always so kind and friendly to everyone. He will be missed by many. Prayer for comfort for the both of you. God is listening

  14. Nancy and Daniel,
    We are heart broken to learn of Bill’s passing. Izzy was very saddened to learn her other garden buddy was called to heaven. Please know you are all in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

  15. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I know he will be greatly missed by each and everyone. God be with each and everyone of you. God Bless

  16. May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special as Bill will never by forgotten. Our deepest sympathy.

  17. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing.
    God be with You in your time of loss. You and your family will be in our prayers.

  18. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing… He flies high now no pain♥️ Your Families are in my thoughts and Prayers..

  19. We are saddened to hear of Bill passing. Words cannot express the sorrow .May he rest in peace and be accepted into heaven above. Our sympathy to the family.

  20. We are so saddened by your loss of Bill. Our hearts go out to you, Nancy and Daniel. May God be with you through this time and always.

  21. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill was the best and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

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