Bill L. Black

Lee's Summit JournalMay 21, 2014 

Bill L. Black

Bill L. Black, 85, of Lee’s Summit, died May 19, at the Villages of Jackson Creek in Independence, from cancer.

Bill was born Sept. 21, 1928 at Millersburg, Mo. to Wallace H. Black and Eunice Lyle. He graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia in 1947 and married his high school sweetheart, Mary J. Black, in 1950. They were married 58 years and had two children.

Bill was a member of the United Methodist Church in Lee’s Summit. He was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps., serving from 1946 to 1948 specializing as a 791-Operations Assistant and an 864-LAA Gun Crewman. He was a tool and die machinist and retired from AT&T Technologies in Lee’s Summit.

He loved his family and friends deeply, and was very interested in working on his family’s genealogy. He was always gardening and working out in his yard. Bill and Mary loved to travel with their friends to Europe, Mexico, and throughout the United States. Bill kept many logs of pictures and videos of his travels throughout his life. His passion for motorcycles started at a young age. He was in several motorcycle clubs and achieved several honors for breaking records in hill climbing. He loved the mountains to “soar with the eagles,” trail riding and camping with his friends and family.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Jim, Wes, Bob, and his baby brother Howard. He was also preceded in death by his sisters-in-laws; Thelma and Ruth and niece Shirley and nephew Ronnie.

He is survived by his two daughters, Beverly Brown, Kansas City and Diane and her husband Mike Daugherty, Springfield, Mo.; his sibling Jack Black (LaVerne) Ashland, Mo., Betty Black, sister-in-law along with many special cousins, nieces, nephews and loving friends.

Bill touched everyone with his smile, humor, compassion and love of children. He loved to play cards, and “joke around.” He will be missed until we meet again.

Visitation will be, May 21, at Langsford Funeral Home, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held, May 22, at Langsford Funeral Home at 10 a.m. A graveside military service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Gardens cemetery, Columbia, Mo.

We want to thank everyone at the Villages of Jackson Creek for the loving care and friendships for the past year. Crossroads Hospice assisted Bill for the past two months making his last few weeks special. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Crossroads Hospice, the Veterans Home, or your choice. 

Online condolences may be left for the family at

(Arrangements by: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd St.,Lee’s Summit, MO 64063, 816-524-3700)


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