More detail on this person: William W. (Bill)
Farmer was born on January 13, 1942 in Clinton,
Missouri, to Wallace E. (Jr.) and Alice B.
(Johnson) Farmer. Bill attended 1st-7th grades at
Washington School in Clinton. The Farmers moved
to Osceola, Missouri, where Bill graduated in
On August 20, 1962 Bill married Marilyn Kay Stephens in Osceola at his parents' house. They moved to Springfield and attended Southwest Missouri State where Bill graduated with a history degree. After graduation, Bill taught school for two years at Rogersville, Missouri. In 1966 Bill joined the United States Army. He attended Officer`s Candidate School at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He transferred to Fort Benning, Georgia, as a 2nd Lieutenant. While in Georgia, their first born son, William Christopher, was born in 1968. Shortly after, he attended Flight School in Fort Hood, Texas. Bill deployed to Vietnam in June 1969. He was shot down while flying a Cobra helicopter in September of 1969. He spent three years recovering at Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado. During their stay in Colorado, second son Michael Phillip was born in 1971. Bill was medically retired from the military as a Captain in 1972.
Upon his return to Missouri, Bill headed back to school and earned his Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling from SMS in Springfield. He worked as a counselor at the Cox School of Nursing for a few years and then took a job with Disability Determination for the Social Security Administration office in Springfield.
Bill's true passion was to run a newspaper. The printer's ink became a part of him while working at the local paper shop during his High School years. In 1978, Bill and Marilyn had the opportunity to purchase both the St. Clair County Courier and the Appleton City Journal. This purchase brought Bill back to his High School stomping grounds and the family back to Osceola to live. Due to a brief illness he sold these two papers and taught for two years at Lakeland High School. Then the black and white print drew him back in. Nephew Will Johnson called and asked if he wanted back in the business. Bill and Marilyn purchased the Atchison County Mail in 1984 and is still run by the family today. Marilyn passed away on May 31, 2001.
In 2003, Bill was blessed with a 2nd love. He married Sue Ellen Badberg on June 6, 2003. Sue spent countless hours making sure that Bill had the love and care that he needed daily. She gave him the will to continue even when he thought he couldn't go on. Bill loved his family and enjoyed taking in as many school events and activities of his boys and grandchildren as he could. Bill was a member of the American Legion Ralph Greer Post #49, Vietnam Helicopter Pilot Association, Northwest Missouri Press Association and the Missouri Press Association.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marilyn, sister, Emily Johnson Stone, his brother Robert Johnson and sister-in-law Catherine Johnson. Bill is survived by his wife, Sue; son W.C. and wife Shauna; son Mike and wife Lisa, all of Rock Port; step daughter Deanna Campbell and husband Larry of Nebraska City, Nebraska, step son Will Badberg of San Antonio, Texas, grandchildren; Wm. Chandler, Kaleigh, Makenna and Holden Farmer, and Jason Cook all of Rock Port, Devon Cropp and Brittney Cropp of Nebraska City; Andrew Duck and William T. Badberg of San Antonio; great granddaughter Zailynn Cook of Rock Port; nieces, nephews and many friends. Bill passed away on January 1, 2015 at Community Hospital-Fairfax in Fairfax, Missouri at the age of 72.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 11 from 1 -2 p.m. at the Atchison County Memorial Building in Rock Port. Service conducted by Rev. Rodney Hopper will follow at 2 p.m. Military rites are under the auspices of The United States Army. The family will hold a private inurnment at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Ralph Greer American Legion Post #49 or Rock Port R-II School District. Online obituaries and condolences at www.minterfuneralchapels.com ~Services under the direction of Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port.
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