William Addison Small

Small, William Addison 98, of Billings, passed away Monday, October 28, 2013 in Billings. Bill was born in Anness, Kansas, the oldest of William Alexis and Cornelia (Muzzy) Small. He adored his two sisters, Harriett Bernstein (deceased) and Patricia. Bill helped his dad on the family farm while growing up in Argonia, Kansas. He attended Argonia schools, Park College and graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. degree in Chemistry. Bill was employed by Boeing Aircraft in Wichita where he received his pilot's license to fly small planes. He met the love of his life, Nadine Elaine Slothower in Sunday school at the Presbyterian Church in Wichita. They were married on June 7, 1942 and shared 71 years together. After the war, they settled in Ferguson, Missouri, where Bill was employed by the Mallinckrodt Chemical Co. of St. Louis, a job he held until his retirement. He moved up the ranks to become Manager of Research and Development for Agricultural Specialty Products. Bill and Elaine were the proud parents of three children, Susan Long (deceased), and twins, William A. Jr. and Patricia French. Bill was a member of the American Chemical Society and honorary member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association (Mississippi Valley). He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Ferguson where he sang tenor in the choir for 50 years, served as an elder and deacon. He also served on committees of the Presbytery and Synod. Bill volunteered his time with the Ferguson Kiwanians and the Ferguson Parks board. Bill and Elaine enjoyed their many travels abroad. They also received great pleasure in the learning experiences they gained by attending Elderhostels in the United States. Bill always loved to drive his car on various vacations. Bill is survived by his wife, Elaine; daughter, Patricia (Don) French; son, William (Evelyn); sister, Patricia Terwilliger; grandchildren, James (Jenny) Long, Jesse (Julie) Long, Laura (Jason) Stamper, Sara Leigh French and Chris French; and five greatgrandchildren. Dad gave up flying when he started a family. Well, Dad, you have your wings back! Have a great new journey! The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Grand Park and Riverstone Hospice. Also to all the caregivers from Synergy Home Care who made it possible for Bill and Elaine to stay together for as long as possible. Services: A Celebration of Life will be held at Grand Park Assisted Living on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm. The cremated remains will lovingly be inurned later at a family reunion in Kansas. Memorials may be made to the Ferguson Kiwanis Club. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through Our Families.

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Nov. 3, 2013