William J. (Bill) Crowder, age 80 of Topeka, Kansas passed away Sunday, April 14, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born August 14, 1938 to Charles and Alice Burd Crowder at Vliets, Kansas. He grew up in Blue Rapids, Kansas and graduated from Blue Rapids High School in 1956. This is where he met his high school sweetheart Kathryn Pishney and later married June 6, 1960.
Bill was a hands-on type person and enjoyed working on several farms. After graduation he travelled to Colorado with a farming harvest crew. He attended Kansas State University.
He then moved to Topeka where he began working at Armco Steel, he retired after 30 years. He semi-retired then began working at Heartland Park and Ramada Inn for many years.
He loved spending time with his hobby of farming, having cattle and chickens, gardening, especially his prized 50# black diamond watermelon. He loved spending time with his kids and their sporting events. He was an avid Kansas State Football fan and was a season ticket holder since 1986. He spent many years with the family road tripping to many of the bowl games over the holidays. He was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, where he loved being involved.
He is survived by his wife, Kay of 58 years. Also surviving are their four children, Lori (John) Rea, Roderick (Lisa) Crowder, Darin (Christa), Lance (Lisa), all of Topeka; 10 grandchildren, Victoria (Brian) Stuckenschmidt, Jessica Crowder, Robbie (Rachel) Rea, Dylan Crowder, Butch Rea, Carrigan Crowder, Nathan Crowder, Caleb Crowder, Blake Crowder, and Chase Crowder; three great-grandchildren, Braden, Aria, and Liam Stuckenschmidt. Bill leaves behind a sister, Maxine Lang of Alamo, Texas, Peggy Snook, and Donna (Norman) Dederick of Topeka and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, John “Raymond” Crowder, Mahlyn Crowder, and Norval Crowder, and three sisters, Wilma Watters, Louise James, and Emma Kassebaum.
Funeral services will be 10:30 am Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00 pm-8:00 pm Wednesday, April 17 at Parker-Price Funeral Home, 245 NW Independence Ave.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 4525 NW Button Rd, Topeka, KS 66618.
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