Billie L. Hoendorf was born in Kansas City, Missouri passed away on May 3, 2016 at the age of 96. Bill lived most of his life in Kansas City, Kansas until 1976 when he moved to Parkville, Missouri. He attended Washington Rural High School, Kansas City Missouri Junior College and National Defense Training School. He was a member of the University United Methodist Church.
Bill and Idris Galbreath were married in June 1940 in Kansas City, Kansas. They were married for 54 years until Idris’s death in 1994. Bill is survived by 3 of his children; Connie Wolf (Ken), Gary Hoendorf (Donna), and Marsha Doyle (Mike). His daughter Susan Lepo (David) passed away in 1986. Also surviving are four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In 1995 Bill married Darlene Simmons and they were married for 20 years. Darlene passed away in 2015.
In 1941 Bill was employed by North American Aviation until plant closure in 1945 after World War II. He was deferred from military service by the Selective Service Board because of his position as a coordinating foreman at this critical defense plant. He then worked as a Kansas City Public Service lineman until 1952. In 1952 he moved to Merit Manufacturing as a supervisor building Formica tables until 1959.
Bill worked at TWA for 23 years, retiring in 1982 as a lead electrician. Bill developed exceptional skills as an electrician, a plumber and a carpenter; he became a jack of all trades through his dedication and hard work. Through the years he used these skills to help friends and neighbors with their home repairs/improvements and in making improvements and adding additions to his own home. He loved to travel and visited over 40 countries and all 50 states.
A Celebration of Billie’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 15, 2016 at Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main Street, Parkville, MO. The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. after the memorial service to continue in fellowship. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Ascend Hospice of Kansas City, Missouri or the American Heart Association. Memories of Bill and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com