William L. (Bill) Mauck
William L. (Bill) Mauck died peacefully on May 3, 2013 surrounded by his family. He was 71. He will be remembered as a man who dedicated his many talents in service to his country and community and faced all of life's challenges with optimism, humor, strength and grace.
Bill Mauck was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri where he found many of his life-long friends. He attended Greenwood Laboratory School. He was a Sigma Nu at Drury College and graduated in 1963 with degrees in History and Political Science. He then attended Washington University School of Law in St. Louis where he met his sweetheart Barbara Ann Snasdell. They were married following his graduation in 1966 and recently celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary.
In 1967 he received a direct commission as an officer with the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Navy and served as active duty legal advisor until 1970. He served in the U.S.N.R. with tours throughout the U.S., England, Italy, and Japan, until his retirement as a Captain in 1994. He is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal.
After active duty, Bill returned to Springfield and in 1971 co-founded a distinguished law practice which later became Yates, Mauck, Bohrer, Elliff, Croessmann and Wieland, P.C. Bill's practice focused on litigation, health law, business formation and transactions and dispute resolution. He thrived on the intellectual challenge and held a great respect for the profession he loved.
Few people had more pride than Bill in their country and community. In addition to a busy law practice, Bill was a leader in his community. He served as President of the Springfield-Greene County Library Board of Trustees; President of the Ozarks Council, Boy Scouts of America; Chair of the Greene County Republican Central Committee; Chair of Missouri Committee for Support of Guard and Reserve and held many other positions on boards and committees. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. He was also a member of the Solomon Lodge No. 271, A.F. and A.M., various Masonic bodies and Abou Ben Adhem Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. He was a proud Boy Scout and recipient of the Eagle Scout Award and the Silver Beaver Award.
Bill was a lifelong member of First and Calvary Presbyterian Church. He served as a Sunday School Teacher, Elder, Deacon and was on the Board of Trustees. He also served as Moderator of the Permanent Judicial Commission, Synod of Mid-America, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Inc.
Bill had a zest for life and a twinkle in his eye. He was an eternal optimist and had a special skill for making ordinary things fun. The life of the party, he excelled at entertaining and joke telling. He loved the quip and double entendre, which he referred to as being "punny." He was a gifted writer and avid reader with a keen quest for knowledge. He also had a strong sense of adventure. He loved fishing, camping, canoeing and spending Sunday afternoons on his sailboat on Fellows Lake. He rarely passed up an opportunity to travel and saw most of the U.S. and many places abroad. He relied on his optimism and senses of adventure and humor in his final years as he bravely weathered Alzheimer's.
Above all, Bill loved his family. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Margaret Lacy and William Edgar Mauck and brother Sam Million Mauck. He is survived by wife Barbara Ann Mauck, daughters Kathleen Ann (Katie) Mauck and Victoria Lee (Vickie) Schatz, her husband David, and two grandchildren Emerson Lacy and Benjamin Alan, and numerous cousins and friends. He will be deeply missed.
Visitation will be held at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home on Sunday, May 5th from 4:00-5:30pm. A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, May 6th at 2:00pm at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church. Burial with full military honors will be at Maple Park Cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Springfield-Greene County Library Foundation in his name at www.yourlibraryfoundation.org/donate-now or 417-883-5366. The family thanks everyone who cared for Bill over the years and most recently the staff of the Mount Vernon Missouri Veterans Home and Hospice Compassus for their care, love and support. Share a memory, sign an online guestbook, or express your condolences at www.gormanscharpf.com.
Published in the News-Leader from May 5 to May 6, 2013