Bill was born in West Union, IL to John and Neomi (Young) Arbuckle December 22, 1946. Due to his father’s health the family moved to the Daytona Beach area of Florida when Bill was 16. While in high school to support the family, he took a job in the produce department of a grocery store. Throughout his life, Bill lived in several areas of Florida, Atlanta, GA and Illinois before moving to Kansas City MO, in August 1985.
Bill’s favorite activity was playing golf. Whenever he wasn’t working, and the weather permitted you could find him on one of the local courses. He was a member of the Adam’s Pointe Golf Senior League. He hit his first Hole in One in May 2018.
Bill was a real fan of NASCAR Racing and could be found each weekend at one of the local racetracks. He was a member of the Racing Fan Club CARB (Central Auto Racing Boosters) where he served as Vice President and Sargent at Arms. While working in the Membership Booth one night at Lakeside Speedway he met his future wife Leslie. They married on October 6, 1994.
Bill was an Insurance Agent for AAA Auto Club for 26 years, retiring in 2012. During those years he was one of their top sales agents in this area. He won many awards and the President’s Club also. Bill loved animals and has had many cats and dogs. He will be greatly missed by his three cats Teddy, Molly, and MaGee. Bill was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Blue Springs, where he served as a Board Member for several years, head counter, and on the financial committee. His favorite thing to do was greeting all the people on Sunday mornings as they arrived for Church.
Bill is survived by his loving wife Leslie. One sister Donna Walker, (Pontiac, IL) one Sister-in-Law Meredith Thompson and her husband George Mason (Wichita, KS) and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by both his parents, 2 sisters Peggy and Patsy Rose and a brother James Russell.
Funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO. Visitation will be 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. prior to service time at the chapel. A private family graveside service will be held at the Columbus Community Cemetery. The family suggests that Memorial Contributions be made to Wayside Waifs or The American Heart Association. Memories of Bill and words of comfort for his family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.