B.H. "Bill" Kearns, 86, of Slater, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at Big Bend Retreat in Slater.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Slater, with Fr. Michael Penn officiating. Bethany Weiker, organist, will play "Amazing Grace" and "On Eagles' Wings." Burial with military honors will be in Slater City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joseph McCune, Jared McCune, Matthew Maloney, Michael Maloney, Adam Turner and Alex Kearns-Edwards. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the church or Big Bend Retreat in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Born Dec. 11, 1923, in Saline County, he was the son of the late George and Maude Harris Kearns. On March 30, 1946, in Lawrence, Kan., he married Dorothy Ann Hackman, who preceded him in death on Aug. 29, 1976. On May 6, 1978, in Slater, he married Ruth Jean Schmitt, who survives of the home. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Slater. He was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion Post #78 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4367, both in Slater. He was a longtime and active member of the Missouri State Fiddlers Association. He served for several years as a member of Slater City Council. He worked as a conductor and brakeman on GM&O Railroad before his retirement.
Also surviving are three daughters, Carol McCune of Moberly, Joan Maloney of Granbury, Texas, and Donna Kearns of Edmund, Okla.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen Steinmetz of rural Slater.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Turner; seven brothers, Kenneth Kearns, Victor W. Kearns Sr., Harley Kearns, Norvan Kearns, Charles Kearns, Garland Kearns and Herschel Kearns; and three sisters, Carmon Lusch, Bernadine Peterson and Virginia Korte.