William "Bill" Emery Struewe, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on November 5, 2023, in his hometown of Independence, Missouri. Born on August 8, 1934, Bill lived a life filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories.
Bill's journey began in Independence where he attended and graduated from William Chrisman High School. After completing his education, he enlisted in the service and had an honorable military service record. He proudly served as a paratrooper in the United States Army near the end of the Korean War. It was during this time that he formed lifelong friendships, ones that would accompany him throughout his journey on this earth.
He started his professional journey at Sugar Creek National Bank where fate brought him face-to-face with the love of his life, Jenny. Their blossoming romance led to a beautiful marriage that became the cornerstone of Bill's life. A man of many talents and varied experiences, Bill later worked as a bailiff for the Independence Municipal Court under the guidance of Judge Brady. His commitment to justice and his unwavering dedication made him a respected figure in the local legal community. However, it was through Bill's entrepreneurial spirit that he truly left his mark on the world. He ventured into business ownership by establishing Bill's Drain Cleaning alongside his devoted son Alan. Together, they built not only a successful enterprise but also forged an unbreakable father-son bond that served as an inspiration to all who knew them.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Bill will be remembered for the essence of who he was - a prankster with an incredible sense of humor. He found joy in making others laugh and loved nothing more than filling his home with laughter and happiness. As a father, he took great pleasure in playing lighthearted tricks on his children. These memories remain etched in their hearts as precious moments filled with love and good-natured fun.
Bill found solace in one of his greatest passions - woodcarving. His talent was evident in the beautiful handmade treasures he crafted. From intricate wagons to unique rockers for his grandchildren, Bill's creations held a special place in the hearts of those who received them. Among his most renowned works were his famous bears, each one showcasing his exceptional skill and attention to detail.
Bill was more than just an amazing dad; he was an extraordinary friend and role model to all who knew him. His ornery yet sincere personality endeared him to everyone he met. With his snarky remarks and quick wit, he brightened the lives of those around him. A conversation with Bill was always a delight, as his charm could turn any gloomy day into one filled with warmth and laughter.
On October 5, 2023, surrounded by his loving family, Bill peacefully transitioned from this world to the next. His departure leaves a void felt deeply by all who were fortunate enough to know him. As we mourn the loss of an exceptional individual, we also celebrate the extraordinary life he led.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents; William "Bill" Henry and Alma Minnie (Luetkenholder) Struewe, and his siblings; Vernon, Ruth, and Dorothy. He is survived by his beloved wife; Virginia "Jenny" Struewe, his children; Kimberly Paul and Alan Troutwine, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A visitation event honoring Bill's memory will be held at Speaks Suburban Chapel located at 18020 East 39th St S, Independence, MO 64055 on November 10, 2023. Friends and family are invited to gather and share their stories and memories between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM.