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William G. “Bill” Rafferty

March 1, 2018

Emmett—William G. “Bill” Rafferty, 59 passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Midland Hospice House in Topeka.

He was born October 30, 1958 in Topeka, the son of William Keith and Eileen M. Zima Rafferty.  Bill graduated from St. Marys High School in 1976.  He had lived in the Emmett community all of his life.

Bill had worked for Denton Auto Salvage the past several years.  He had previously worked for the St. Marys Farmers Union COOP for 37 years.  Bill enjoyed all sports and particularly liked watching and listening to the Royals. He loved spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Keith Rafferty, step-father, Kenny Knipp, step-brothers, Mark and James Niedfeldt.

On September 26, 1981 Bill and Janet Banks were united in marriage in St. Marys.  She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his two daughters, Kelli (Joey) Pine, Maple Hill and Katie (Chris) Lobner, Olathe; his mother, Eileen Knipp, St. Marys; his step-mother, Dorothy Rafferty, Eskridge; brothers, Pat (Mary Beth) Rafferty, St. Marys, Frank Rafferty and Phil Rafferty both of Emmett; his sister Kathleen Love, Burlingame; step-brothers, David (Tammy) Niedfeldt, Eskridge, Richard (Mindy) Niedfeldt, Emmett and J.D. (Kelli) Kenney, Rossville; two grandchildren, Jaiden and Karleigh.

Memorial services will be at 11:30 A.M. Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.  Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Emmett.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice House and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.

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23 thoughts on “William G. “Bill” Rafferty

  1. To Eileen and her children, and Janet,

    My deepest sympathy to your family’s upon your loss of Bill. He was one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met. So sorry for your loss.

  2. I am so sorry, Janet, for the loss of Bill. He was a very special person and he will be missed by so many of us. His kindness and joyfulness made him a wonderful person to know. His time on this earth may have been short, but his impact was great.

  3. Kathy, so sorry for the passing of your brother. Wish we could help with the hurt. He sounds like he was a kind man. Hoping for peace for the whole family. His suffering has ended and the glory has begun.
    Pam & Dennis Parry

  4. Janet and Family:So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  5. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Like all Co-op customers I’m sure, I was always greeted with such a friendly Bill. At the station or on a call at my place, Bill was so quick to help me and so kind to me. He was the sort of man we all would want to be more like. God’s blessings on his family in this time.

  6. I am just so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I know what a loving family you are and the heartache must be excruciating. I hope you find peace he no longer suffers and your memories will be bright stars on dreary days.

  7. Dear Raffertys :
    I will always remember the Raffertys years ago when you all lived on Hwy 63. Good times remembering catching bullhead out of the little pond where the gas station is on the opposite side of the road and driving the Honda 70 up and back in the ditch in front of the house. I always remember when all the kids got together. I know how Mike Roth felt yeas ago I was at work out mowing with my mower tractor when I had a flat tire in an area hard to get to. I talked to my supervisor with the State and told him the story and with the State being cheap . All the work being by the lowest bid we called Coop and lo and behold Bill shows up and it was hotter then heck. I told him the story and we went over old times and he split the tire from the rim and fixed the tube without taking it off the rim. Opposite of how the State did is in the past. He was a good man with a Heart of Gold. I will always remember him. Condolences James Roth

  8. Bill was so kind when I had to take a vehicle to Co-OP and I appreciated that. My thoughts and prayers for all the family.

  9. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Bill was loved by so many and will be missed. May God Bless all of you.

  10. Always kind, always smiling or laughing, sensible, hard-working, too young to leave. Rest in Peace Bill. To his family – take comfort in knowing he was very much liked or loved in this world. Have faith he is now in a wonderful place. Peace.

  11. Janet Eileen and family sorry for your loss.bill was a good friend to many of us
    Who went to school with him and knew him well.. He will be greatly missed. May the lord comfort your hearts.praying for all of you. Ann Marie dobson guerich.

  12. Janet and family
    So sorry for your loss. Bill always went out of his way to do things for me at the Co-op. Always happy and smiling.

  13. Bill will be missed by all for he was a friend once you had acquaintance with him. A man who came from a great family & he & Janet also raised one themselves. He will be sorely missed by all. Our sympathy to the family.

  14. Please accept my condolences on Bill’s death. He and my dad always exchanged birthday wishes as their birthdays fell on the same day. Bill was a great person and a wonderful friend.

  15. Janet and family–
    So sorry to hear about Bill–so enjoyed visiting with him when he worked at the station with my brother. We’re keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Barb and Mark Brockamp

  16. Janet, Katie and Kelli,
    I am so sorry to hear about Bill. He was such a good guy, always gave me that “signature” Bill wave when we passed on the road. May your many memories give you peace.

    Shelly and Dale Rezac

  17. Bill knew how to be a friend. His kindness was his great gift. My sympathies to all of his family.

  18. Janet & Family,
    I just heard of Bill’s passing. I’m so sorry. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Susie Kaberline

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