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William E. Clarkson passed away Friday, September 23, 2016. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, September 27th, 10:00 AM, at Visitation Catholic Church, 5141 Main, Kansas City, MO, with burial following at Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Rockhurst High School, St. Teresa's Academy, Bishop Miege High School, or Kansas City Hospice. Bill was born September 25th, 1925, in Kansas City, MO to Ed and Mary Clarkson. He was the younger of two sons. He attended St. James Grade School, Rockhurst High School and graduated with a civil engineering degree from Kansas State University in 1949. Bill married Janice Neenan in 1946. They were blest to have 65 years together and had 11 children. His brother Don, his wife, Janice, and his two sons, Joe and Don, preceded Bill in death. He is survived by his children, Sharon Lapping (Mike), Linda Clarkson (Doug), Kathy Brodie (Bruce), Bill Clarkson Jr. (Diane), Steve Clarkson (Julie), Mary Clarkson, Jean Schrader (Jim), Jan Clayton (Jeff), Amy Clarkson and daughter-in-law, Julie Clarkson; 43 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Bill had a great love for Kansas City. As President of Clarkson Construction Company he left his mark on the city's infrastructure, which led to The American Road and Transportation Builders Association recognizing him as one of "America's Top 100 Private Sector Transportation Design and Construction Professionals of the 20th Century." In addition, Bill was deeply committed to the city's political environment, school systems, health field, sports community and philanthropic endeavors too numerous to name here. Two of Bill's favorite mottos were: "men-for-others" and "every man a Wildcat". He was a Navy pilot and a member of the greatest generation. Dad's life was guided by his Catholic faith, his devotion to the Blessed Mother and his love of family. We will miss him. Condolences may be left online at www.mcgilleystatelinechapel.com. Arr.: McGilley State Line Chapel, (816) 942-6180. McGilley State Line Chapel, Dignity Memorial
Published in Kansas City Star on Sept. 25, 2016
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