William Joseph "Bill" Eldringhoff 1929 ~ 2020

William Joseph “Bill” Eldringhoff age 90, of Anthony, died peacefully July 17th, at his residence.  Born August 2, 1929 in Harrisonville, Missouri to parents Henry Richard and Emily Effie (Dudley) Eldringhoff, he grew up and attended school and was raised by his grandparents.  His mother died shortly after she gave birth to him, and his father was killed in a factory accident at a very young age.  Billy, as the family affectionately called him, had a pet quail and dog whom was his everyday companions.   

He was such an adventurer, later on in life and when he was in his teens, being an avid ball room dancer in the 1940’s, during the big band days.  He could east and west coast swing very well!  Later on he moved to Seattle, Washington and landed a job with the United States Army reserves and working in a mess hall, later he enlisted in the United States Army in March of 1951 and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in October of 1956.  Bill attended and completed the school for Western Electric and was employed by this company for a number of years. 

Later he met Roberta June Lavielle and they married on August 1, 1960 at the First Christian Church, Hutchinson, Kansas.  He moved with his wife to Parsons, Kansas for several years, then they moved to Raytown, Missouri, and later adopted their first child, Steffen Adan, who brought much joy to their lives, but unfortunately he died on May 29, 1967 of Cystic Fibroses.  Even through this devastating loss, they continued on and later that year of 1967, adopted their second child, Michael Allen.  Then in 1969, they adopted their third child, Lesely Joel, who sadly died on July 18, 2015.  The family moved after Lesely’s birth to Sterling, Kansas and Bill worked for the local Telephone company there.  This marriage ended in 1974. 

In 1976, Bill moved to Freeport, Kansas, then to Bluff City shortly thereafter, working for the Stromberg Carlson company through Kan-Okla Telephone company in Anthony where he eventually became Plant Superintendent, and retiring in 1987.  While in Bluff City, he served on the city council and was a member of the Bluff City Christian Church.  While living in Bluff City, he was an avid traveler, and snow bird going to Yuma, Arizona in the winters.  He met Bonnie Lampe in Yuma and they later married.  Bill later moved from Bluff City, to Nampa, Idaho after their marriage.  They were members of the Nazarene Church and were both avid R.V.er’s.  Upon Bonnie’s death, he moved in with his son, Michael. 

Bill was a devout believer of God and a Christian, being baptized in the First Christian Church of Harrisonville, Missouri as a very young boy, then attending, singing in chancel choirs as soloist and eventually teaching adult Sunday School in several Christian Churches he had been members of, such as the Broadview Christian Church, Kansas City, Missouri, The Nickerson First Christian Church, Nickerson, Kansas, The Bluff City Christian Church, Bluff City, Kansas, the First Pentecostal Church, Anthony, Kansas and the Nazarene Church in Nampa, Idaho.  In the last part of his life, he was a devout Pentecostal, and loved to share his faith with everyone who would hear.  All in all he was a loving father, brother, uncle, cousin and good friend.  Those who remembered him, knew him as a man of good character, honest as day and who always helped others.  Bill worked tirelessly in every church he was a member of, giving of himself above and beyond and was the most obedient servant.  Surely he is resting in our Saviors arms, at peace and safe in the arms of Jesus forever. 

Bill was preceded in death by his parents;  his wife, Bonnie (Lampe) Eldringhoff;  his son, Steffen Adan Eldringhoff;  his daughter, Lesely Joel (Eldringhoff) Cantrell;  his sister, Ellen Frances (Eldringhoff) Ford;  and his beloved furry friends, Doc, Dandy Doo, Zardos, Frisky, Skeeter, Lacy, Tugar, Trixie and Crumpet.

Left to mourn his loss is his son, Michael Allen Eldringhoff and companion, Blake Andrew Maddox of the home in Anthony;  his sister, Stephanie Eldringhoff of Issaquah, Washington;  his former wife, Roberta June (Lavielle) Pack of Miller, Missouri;  his beloved furry friends, Charlie and Weasel;  several loving nieces, nephews, cousins and many wonderful friends. 

Graveside services and interment were held Tuesday, July 21st at 11:00 A.M. at the Floral Hills Cemetery Kansas City, Missouri, in the Garden of Revelation. 

Please sign the online registry, leave a condolence and view the memorial photo slide presentation at www.eldringhofffuneralhome.com

Bill is entrusted into the care of his family at the Eldringhoff Funeral Home of Anthony.  Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of ones choice, in Bill’s memory, in care of our family funeral home, the Eldringhoff Funeral Home, 115 South Bluff Avenue, Anthony, Kansas 67003. 

 

 

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