William (Bill) H Ficken

10/11/1930 – 12/31/2019

Obituary for William (Bill) H Ficken

William (Bill) H. Ficken, 89, of Sedalia, MO passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia. He was born on October 11, 1930 in Benton County, MO, the son of Henry William and Martha Christine (Anton) Ficken, who preceded him in death.

On November 17, 1957 in Lincoln, MO, Bill was united in marriage to Thelma M. Gordy, who survives of the home.

Bill was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sedalia where he served on numerous boards. He was baptized on November 2, 1930 and confirmed on April 2, 1944 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lincoln, MO. He was a self employed row crop and cattle farmer all of his life and worked for Pittsburgh Corning, retiring after 36 years. Bill was President of the Pittsburgh Corning Glass Workers Union for 24 years. He served his country honorably in the United States Air Force, from March of 1952 until February 24, 1956, during the Korean Conflict.

Bill enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved working on the farm and was an avid Missouri sports fan. He was his children’s 4-H beef leader for a number of years and enjoyed going to the MO State Fair. Bill loved going fishing on the lake with his family and going to tractor pulls and car races. At the age of 80, he discovered a passion for pulling his own antique John Deere tractor.

In addition to his wife Thelma, he is survived by a son, Mark Ficken (Connie) of Blue Springs, MO; a daughter, Debbie Brown (Chris) of Sedalia; seven grandchildren, Ashley, Troy, Amanda, Brittany, Dustin, Kyleigh, and Lucas; 14 great grandchildren; a sister, LuAnna Shively of Columbia, MO; and a daughter-in-law, Shayla Ficken of Sedalia.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, William “Billy” Ficken; and three brothers, John, Curtis and Harvey Ficken.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 9, 2020 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Jeremy Freeman officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Burial will be at Crown Hill, Sedalia, MO, with full military honors conducted by Sedalia VFW Post #2591 and Whiteman Air Force Base Honor Guard.

Pallbearers will be Troy Ficken, Dustin Brown, Lucas Ficken, Kole Kenyon, Matt Schlicht, and JR Kenyon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, American Cancer Society, Williams Syndrome Association or to the Downs Syndrome Association in care of Rea Funeral Chapel.

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10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
301 E. Broadway Blvd.
Sedalia, MO 65301
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Funeral Service

11:00 AM
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
301 E. Broadway Blvd.
Sedalia, MO 65301
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Burial / Interment

12:00 PM
Crown Hil Cemetery
701 N. Engineer
Sedalia, MO 65301
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Debbie and family thinking of you at this time of loss. Prayers for peace.
– Marsha Scheese
Mark,Debbie and all the family sending prayers for comfort and great memories to sustain you in this time.
– Kimberly Smith
So very sorry for your loss! Prayers for the family.
– Jeff Blankenship
So very sorry for your loss, Debbie and Amanda. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
– Lori Gano
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Ficken family. I’m sorry for your loss. We all spend many years going to the same church. St. Paul’s Lutheran church My condolences.
– Connie Barklage
So sorry for your loss Thelma my prayers are with you and your family.
– Joe Wasson

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