William "Bill" Christmore, 89, of Coffeyville beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend, was called to his eternal resting place on August 14, 2016 surrounded by his family.
Bill was born on March 14, 1927 to Birdie Mae and L W Christmore in rural Labette County in the Trenton area of West Edna, Kansas. He attended school in Labette County graduating from Labette County High School in Altamont, Kansas in 1944. He was employed by Parkersburg Rig & Reel in Coffeyville, a Defense Plant in World War II, he worked in the welding shop. Bill enlisted in the US Navy in 1945 took basic training in Great Lakes training center at Chicago. He Married Lucille Adamson in Cherryvale, Kansas on June 18, 1945 while he was on leave from boot camp. Bill was stationed at John Rodgers Naval Air Station in Honolulu, Hawaii, he was honorable discharged in 1946. When Bill returned from the service he and Lucille made their home in Coffeyville. Bill returned to work for Parkersburg Riggs & Reel until 1952 when he started working at Junge Bakery as a route driver for five years then he became the route supervisor for seven years. In 1960 Bill started a part time business of used car sales; in 1964 he and Lucille started full time with Christmore's Used Car Sales until their retirement in February 2015. Bill was a charter member of Grace Fellowship Church later transferring his membership to First Southern Baptist Church on August 25, 2013.
Together Bill and Lucille shared a faith in their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, a priority of attending church was established early in their marriage and it was very important to Bill not to miss a Sunday attendance. Bill was known for his kind and gentle spirit, always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need, with special attention to his family. Bill was the youngest of seven children and was always compelled to make sure their needs were taken care of. Together he and Lucille instilled the importance of knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior in their children, the value of hard work, lending a helping hand and to generously love people. Bill and Lucille were avid NASCAR fans attending the Daytona race every year for over 22 years, they sat in the same seat every year.
Bill is survived by his wife, Lucille of the home, daughters, Gail Stevens and husband Gary, Joyce Ehmke and Elroy Kettleman of Coffeyville, Kansas; son, Danny Christmore and wife Tammy also of Coffeyville, Kansas. Grandchildren, Michelle Harrison and husband, John of Pittsburg, Kansas, Richard Ehmke and wife Shanna of Coffeyville, Kansas, Melissa White of Oregon, Glenn Ehmke and wife Kelly of North Carolina, Charlie Ehmke and wife Amanda of Welch, Oklahoma, Nichole Christmore of Oregon, Paul Christmore and wife Stephanie of Washington state, Michael Steen of California, Eric Muller of Wisconsin, Crystal Moore of Lawrence, Kansas, son-in-law, Jim White of Coffeyville, Kansas; eleven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild, Bill was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and one brother and son-in-law Phil Ehmke.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at First Southern Baptist Church 2701 W 8th, Coffeyville, KS at 10:00 am under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel with Pastor Gary Stevens officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday August 17 from Noon to 8pm with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 pm. The family has suggested memorial contributions be made payable to First Southern Baptist Church or Amazing Grace Ministry. To leave online condolence for the family visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com