William Harold "Bill" Neece, 87, of Sweet Springs, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at Sweet Springs Villa.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at First Christian Church in Sweet Springs. Rev. Susan Smith-Allen and Rev. Randy Shannon will officiate. Masonic services will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs, with visitation following from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Burial with military rites will be in Fairview Cemetery in Sweet Springs. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church in Sweet Springs, Barbee Lodge No. 217 A.F. & A.M. in Sweet Springs or Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be sent to www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born June 18, 1920, in Eaton, Colo., he was the son of the late Wathel Neece and Tresa Nieman Neece. On July 11, 1942, he married Georgia Mae Lemmons, who preceded him in death on Oct. 5, 2004. He retired as a major in the U.S. Air Force in July of 1962 with more than 22 years of service and served during the Korean conflict and World War II. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and several other distinguished service medals. He had lived in Sweet Springs since 1962, worked at General Motors Leeds Plant for 10 years and also worked as a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of First Christian Church in Sweet Springs. He was a member of Barbee Lodge No. 217 A.F. & A.M., where he served as Worshipful Master for several terms and also served as Worshipful Grand Master of the 24th Masonic District. He was a member of Eastern Star, where he served as Worthy Patron. He was also a member of American Legion Post 279 in Sweet Springs.
Survivors include one son, Jack Neece of Kansas City; one daughter, Willa Mae Vaught of Sweet Springs; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one sister, Bea Seifner, and two brothers, Faunt Neece and Charles Neece.