William E. “Bill” Crabtree, Sr., 87, of Rock Hill, MO passed away, with family by his side, on April 20, 2018, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

William E. “Bill” Crabtree, Sr., 87, of Rock Hill, MO passed away, with family by his side, on April 20, 2018, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Beloved husband, father, son, uncle, cousin, mentor and friend to many, he will be missed.

Born January 5, 1931 in Kirksville, MO, Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 35 years, Maxine R. (nee West) Crabtree, his parents, Joseph W. Crabtree and The Honorable Helen M. (nee Leist) Crabtree of Kirksville, MO, and brothers Joseph Crabtree of Kirksville, MO and Jack Crabtree of Houston, TX.

Bill is survived by his daughters Sheila (John) Perrey of Clinton, PA, Sharon Crabtree of Rock Hill, MO, Sarah (Michael) Carnes of Bethalto, IL, and son, William “Will” Crabtree Jr., also of Rock Hill, MO. He was a dear grandfather to Ryan (Brenna) Perrey, Rachel (Chris) Durgin, Kennedy and Kolby Carnes; step-grandfather to Christopher and Craig Carnes; and great-grandfather to eight.

A 1950 graduate of Kirksville High School, Bill attended Northeast Missouri State Teacher’s College, in Kirksville, before postponing his education to serve in the United States Air Force. Stationed in Olathe, KS and St. John’s, Newfoundland, as a qualified airplane mechanic, he obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1956. Bill returned to Kirksville to complete his B.S. in Education, graduating in 1957.

While working at a local service station, he met the lovely Maxine West, a secretary at Shyrack’s Grocery Supply Store. They married in 1958 and moved to St. Louis where Bill was employed as an Industrial Arts teacher for grades 7 – 12 at John Burroughs School. He commuted to Kirksville to obtain his Master’s Degree in Industrial Education, graduating in 1962. He and Maxine raised their family and remained happily married until her death in 1993. Bill taught at JBS until he retired in the mid-1990s.

Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday (April 27, 2018) at Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday (April 27, 2018) at Highland Park Cemetery in Kirksville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation (www.kidney.org ), or the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org ).