Friday, December 19, 2014



William Wayne “Bill” Willford, 66, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at his home in Topeka, Kan.

Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at Dengel & Son Mortuary, Ottawa. Interment is set for Appanoose Cemetery, with military honors by Whiteman Air Force Base Honor Guard. Friends may pay their respects to Mr. Willford 1 p.m. Sunday to the service hour at the mortuary, where family members plan to meet with friends 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Bill was born Wednesday, March 26, 1947, in Ottawa, Kan., the son of William “Dan” and Pauline Ardelle (Wray) Willford.

He graduated from Pomona High School, Pomona, Kan. with the class of 1965.

A near-lifelong Ottawa resident, Bill moved to Topeka in 2006.

He worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Topeka in the Material Distribution Center. He was a Kansas Drivers License Examiner for 17 years. 

Bill served in the U.S. Air Force with the 81st Airborne from 1966 until 1969. He served with the Security Police K-9 Unit in RAF Bentwaters, England, as a dog handler.

William was united in marriage with Pat Milliman Dec. 18, 1970. They later divorced. She died in 1992.

Survivors include his five daughters, Terry Knudsen and husband, Lee, Ottawa, Amy Axline and husband, Greg, Medicine Lodge, Tammy Moss and husband, Jamie, Ottawa, Paula Crowell and husband, Bob, Ottawa, and Nikki Fekete and husband, T.J., Waukesha, Wis.; honorary son, Bruce Askren, Carbondale; 13 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two brothers, Ronnie Willford and wife, Jo Anne, Belle Plaine, and Donnie Willford and wife, Letha, Pomona.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Wounded Warrior Project through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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