William "Bill" Lawrence, 71, Lawrence, Kansas, passed away at home on December 25, 2021.
He was born December 7, 1950, in St. Joseph, Missouri, the son of Hugh Lawrence and Brodine Langston Lawrence.
Bill graduated from Washington High School, Kansas City, Kansas, in 1968 and later earned his bachelor's degree from St. Mary's College.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1968 and served in Vietnam. After being honorably discharged in 1972, he began his 33-year career in the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 2005 as the Manager of Main Post Office in Lawrence, Kansas
He married Bonnie Lutjemeier on November 28, 1968, and they had two sons, David and Shane. They later divorced, and on February 3, 1996, he married Linda Bolton Stine, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include son David and his wife Barbara and their daughters Morgan and her fiancé Colton Wichtner and Samantha, all in Lawrence, son Shane and Shane's daughter Shayla, stepson Jeff Stine, and his wife Tracy and their son Ethan in Pennsylvania, stepdaughter Kristen Stine in Lawrence and sister Nancy Reed of Easton, Kansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Patty Lawrence and Bonnie Stimac, and his brother Bobby Lawrence.
Bill always enjoyed an early golf game, a trip to the ocean, and cooking for others. But what he loved most of all was being a grandpa. Whether splashing around in the pool or dancing his silly Grandpa dance, his grandchildren were the joy of his life.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, February 6, 2022, at the Union Pacific Depot at 402 N 2nd St, Lawrence, Ks, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
1235 South Clark Street, Suite 910
Arlington, VA 22202
Online condolences may be sent at www.rumsey-yost.com
Published by Lawrence Journal-World on Jan. 4, 2022.