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William Clyde "Bill" Canterbury, 85, died Friday, April 4, 2014 in Howard, CO. The fourth of five children, Bill was born November 20, 1928 in Canon City, CO, to Edith Irene (Chess) and William E. Canterbury. He grew up in Garden Park and Beaver Creek in a ranching family. He attended Garden Park and Beaver Creek schools through the 8th grade. In 1980, he completed his GED while working for the Fremont County Sheriff's Department; where he worked as a Deputy for 13 years. Bill was drafted into the U.S.
in February 1951, and served in the
. He was trained as a medic but was placed in a rifle company. While in Korea, he was assigned to Battery B of the 932nd regiment of the 31st Dixie Division as a rifleman, and then in the 40th Division as a scout. He carried a B.A.R. and then was transferred to an Artillery Unit, where he served on a gun crew on the 105 Howitzer. His tour of duty ended in 1952 and then he went into the reserves until 1956, when he was honorably discharged. He received the following medals of Honor; Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal with One Battle Star, United Nations Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, The Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Badge, and the Marksman Shooting Medal. Bill was married on November 22, 1952 to Gloria Jean Pavey in Simla, CO and the moved to Howard, CO where he continued ranching throughout his life. In addition he drove the school bus for 43 yeas for the Salida School District. He was a Hunter Education Instructor for 45 years and a life member of the Fremont Cattlemen's Association and served as President. He also belonged to the Colorado Cattlemen's Association, National Cattlemen's Association, and served on the Colorado Cattlemen's Association Brand and Theft Committee. Bill was also a member of the NRA, Soil Conservation District, a life member of the American Legion, and also supported the Paralyzed Veterans Association. He was a member of the Howard Community Church and served on the Board of Elders. He supported the Sudan Interior Missions (S.I.M.) for over 40 years. Of all his accomplishments, his faith in Christ and love for his family were the most valued in his life. He came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior in September 1954. Mr. Canterbury is survived by his wife of 61 years, Gloria; children, Wanda (Glen) Casper of Garden City, KS, Jane (Alan) Dye of Prairie City, SD, William "Billy" (Julie) Canterbury of Howard, CO, Timothy (Rhonda) Canterbury of Howard, CO, Ellen (Bill) Roscoe of Cotopaxi, Co and Frances (Mike) Livings of Howard, CO. Also surviving Bill are his grandchildren, Misty (Ben) Gardner of Leoti, KS, Jessica (Hank) Taton of Bison, SD, Talon Canterbury of Howard, CO, Melissa (David) Hardman of Salina, KS, Christopher (Sheri) Casper, of Leoti, KS, Logan (Julie) Dye, of Prairie City, SD, Amber Canterbury of Howard, CO, Justin (Bonnie) Tallent of Aurora, MO, Jonathan (Tiffany) Tallent of Monett, MO, Ryan (Mary) Canterbury of Howard, CO, Kristal Canterbury of Colorado Springs, CO, Cassandra (Christian) Holland of Prairie City, SD, Katie (Brandon) Rogers of Limon, CO, and Jacob Winchester of Howard, CO; great grandchildren, Jesse and Wyatt Gardner of KS, Callie, Gentry, Shilo, Riley, Trent Dye of SD, Brenton Spohn of KS, Alexis Eckert of KS, William Rogers of CO, Liberty Taton of SD, and Eli Tallent and Joshua Tallent of MO; and siblings, Wilma Canterbury of Canon City and Jerry (Marilyn) Canterbury of Canon City; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Wilson Funeral Home in Canon City. Celebration of Life will be at 9:30 a.m., Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Canon Community Baptist Church at North 11th and Monroe in Canon City. Interment will follow at Garden Park Cemetery with a reception following at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fremont Cattlemen's Association Scholarship Fund, the Colorado Cattlemen's Association Endowment Trust, or to S.I.M. USA (Missions) through Wilson Funeral Home in Canon City. Arrangements are under the care of Wilson Funeral Home. Online condolences @ www.wilsonfuneral
Published in The Canon City Daily Record on Apr. 9, 2014
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