Bill was born on Dec. 4, 1932, in Marshall and grew up in Sedalia where he was Senior Class President and excelled as an athlete in football, basketball and track at Smith-Cotton High School, earning a first place award in the Missouri State long jump. After a year of college at Central Missouri State University, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Air Force serving in Washington D.C., Japan and the Philippines during the Korean War as a meteorologist and cryptographer. Following his military service, he returned to CMSU to earn a degree in Business Administration in 1958, the same year he married. He and his wife, Glenda, settled in Kansas City and raised two children, Melinda and Michael. After retirement from a career in sales, Bill pursued his true passions for theatre and flying. He obtained his private piloting license, flew for the pure joy of it and was devoted to aviation history. He also returned to CMSU for a second degree in theatre and found great happiness performing in many productions at the university as well as Kansas City area community theatres.
True to his nickname, Gabby was loquacious, outgoing and had a rich and irreverent sense of humor. He was a voracious reader, a film buff and a devoted sports fan whose final love was watching his grandsons play sports.
He was preceded in death by his parents, K.P. and Betty McCrary, and is survived by his daughter, Melinda, son, Michael, daughter-in-law, Laura, grandsons, Daniel and Ian and his former wife and dear friend, Glenda. He will be missed by many new as well as lifelong friends. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Kansas City Actors Theatre, P.O. Box 22510, Kansas City, MO 64113.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel in Sedalia with a graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Washington Cemetery in Glasgow. Online condolences can be offered at www.mclaughlinfuneralchapel.com.
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