William D “Bill” Rexroad


William D “Bill” Rexroad

Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, USA
Death 6 May 2014 (aged 81)
Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA
Burial Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 129396223 View Source

William D. "Bill" Rexroad, 81, passed away May 6, 2014, at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, Wichita. He was born in Winfield, on February 11, 1933, the son of Max and Vivian Rexroad.

He married Virginia Guild at Winfield on February 22, 1953. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; their children and spouses, Susan Byler and husband Roger, David and wife Christina, Gary and wife Angie and Joe and wife Barbara; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Phyllis Parker. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Judy Beavers.

Bill joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from Winfield High School in 1951. He was a radar and radio operator in a patrol squadron during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged in 1956, he attended Kansas State University, graduating in 1959, with a degree in electrical engineering.

After college Bill worked for Collins Radio Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he obtained a patent for a unique circuit design. In 1965, Bill and his family moved to Hutchinson, where he took the position of plant manager for the Carey Salt Company. In 1974, he went to work for Excel Industries in Hesston, as quality control manager. Then in 1978, Bill his wife, Virginia, and their son, Gary, established the company Electrex Incorporated, in Hutchinson. Bill served as president of Electrex until his retirement in 1995.

Music was Bill's pastime throughout his life. He played in symphony orchestras for 50 years, including 33 years in the Hutchinson Symphony. He played in bluegrass bands, old-time bands and was a performing artist with the Kansas Arts Commission. In addition to his music, he toured the central United States for several years as a storyteller, and was a stage manager, emcee, and workshop presenter at national festivals. Bill was also an author, with 13 books published and numerous magazine articles to his credit, some with international circulation.

Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, 2014, at Elliott Chapel with The Reverend Michael McGuire officiating. Burial will be in Fairlawn Burial Park. The casket will remain closed. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Elliott Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the Reno County Historical Society, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501. Please visit to leave condolences for Bill's family.

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