William Dean “Bill” See, 82, of Rutledge, Missouri, died Sunday, July 1, 2007, at his residence.
Bill was born on December 16, 1924, the son of Jason Powell and Leona Lousia Bertram See, in rural Knox County, Missouri, at his residence near Colony, Missouri.
He was a life-long resident of Knox County where he attended grade school in Colony before graduating from the LaBelle High School in the class of 1943. During his school years Bill was active in both basketball and baseball and in 1957 he won the National Singles Handicap Bowling Championship in Detroit, Michigan.
He served his country in the United States Army from December 17, 1945 to January 5, 1947 during World War II and from March 15, 1946 to December 18, 1946 Bill served in the Panama Canal Zone. He was a member of the Knox City American Legion Post #358 and the Memphis Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #4958.
Bill began his Masonic Membership with Colony Masonic Lodge #168 in 1948, served as Worshipful Master in 1975 and 1976, and received his 50 year pin in 1998. He was also a member of the Colony United Methodist Church until it closed at which time Bill and Jewel transferred their membership to the Colony Baptist Church.
On May 24, 1957, in New London, Missouri, Bill married Jewel Ewalt and they celebrated 50 years together earlier this year.
They lived their life in the Colony, Rutledge, and Gorin area where they were engaged in farming. His hobbies included all kinds of sports, fishing, hunting, gardening, and water sports but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren and family.
Bill is survived by his wife Jewel See of the home near Colony, Missouri, three sons, William Clay and his wife Susan See of LaBelle, Missouri, Edward Dean and his wife Charlene See of Gorin, Missouri, and Allan A. and his wife Twilla See of Rutledge, Missouri; two daughters, Linda Carol See and friend David Norman of Kirksville, Missouri and Leah Louise See of Laguna Beach, California; a sister, Wilma and her husband Darrell Mauck of Fort Madison, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Patrick Goucher of Rockford, Illinois, Timothy and his wife Courtney See of Brashear, Missouri, Jennifer and her husband Justin Wheeler of Kirksville, Missouri, Aaron Gibbs of Los Angeles, California, Nathen See of Macon, Missouri, Will See of Gorin, Missouri, Maggie and Emily See both of Rutledge, Missouri; two great grandchildren, Holden Goucher and Gwyeneth Wheeler; along with several nieces, nephew, cousins and a host of friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Dayton, J.B. and Leonard See and a sister, Maxine See Bozarth.
Funeral services will be Friday, July 6, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 5, 2007, after 4:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri. A Masonic Service, by Colony Masonic Lodge #168, will be Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m.
Burial with Military Honors, by Knox City American Legion Post #358, will be in the Colony Cemetery in Colony, Missouri.
Reverend Steve Jarvis will officiate and music will be provided by the Jim Campbell and Becky Zahn. Casket Bearers will be his grandsons, Patrick Goucher, Timothy See, Justin Wheeler, Aaron Gibbs, Nathen See and Will See.
An expression of sympathy in memory of Bill See may be left to the Colony Masonic Lodge or the Colony Baptist Church. A memorial may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home 208 N. 4th Street, Edina, Missouri 63537.