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.