Billie D. Echternacht, age 82, of Leonard, MO, died Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at Loch Haven Nursing Home in Macon, MO.
He was born August 1, 1927 in Leonard, Missouri, the son of John and Lura Perry Echternacht. On August 2, 1947 he was united in marriage to Margie Gander. She preceded him in death on January 24, 1974. He later married Joann Delaney Dailing on August 23, 1976 in Baring, MO. She survives.
Billie is also survived by two children: Lyndel Echternacht and wife Wanda Sue of Leonard, MO, Brenda Buckman and husband Pat of Shelbina, MO; two step children; Connie Lawson and husband David of Baring, MO, and Richard Dailing and wife Cindy of Watertown, MN; eight grandchildren; Susan Wilt and husband Rob, Shellie Bull, David Echternacht, Margie Roland and husband Darin, DeNea Hombs and husband Charlton, Andrew Strong and wife Carrie, Molly Dailing and Michael and Jonathan Dailing; seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Lonnie Echternacht and wife Sue of Columbia, MO.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Margie, brother, Monroe Echternacht; and two sisters; Norma McConnell and Arlene Ralls.
Billie was a member of the Leonard Christian Church and graduate of Leonard High School. Billie served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Shelbina American Legion, served on the North Shelby School Board, and was proud to be a part of the reorganization of the North Shelby district. He was on the board of Shelby County Farmers Mutual for 35 years, Leonard Christian Church board, and the Leonard Cemetery board. Billie was a 13 year Heart Transplant recipient. He enjoyed Tractor Pulling and was especially proud of his children, grandchildren and the great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 3, 2009, at the Leonard Christian Church Leonard, MO. Visitation was Friday, October 2, 2009, at the Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Shelbina, MO. Military Services were at the Leonard Cemetery and were provided by Shelbina American Legion # 376. Burial was in the Leonard Cemetery with minister’s Jim Bilbro and Jon Ralls officiating. Memorials may be made to the Leonard Cemetery.