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William Clifford Dalzell, March 4, 1925 — Feb. 28, 2012, of Columbia

By Submitted by Memorial Funeral Home
March 1, 2012 | 12:36 p.m. CST

William Clifford Dalzell, 86, of Columbia, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at Boone Hospital Center.

He was born on March 4, 1925, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, the son of the late William and Albana (Frey) Dalzell.


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After graduating from Calumet High School in Chicago, Illinois, he served his country in the Navy stationed in the south Pacific during World War II. He was an aviation ordinanceman. When the war ended, he enrolled at Kent State University, graduating in 1949 with a degree in business administration.

On September 4, 1948, Bill married Norah-Creina "Nickey" Alger. To this union three children were born, Jeffrey, Ann and Joan.

He was a member of Community United Methodist Church.  During his professional career he worked for Holland American Steamship Company in Chicago, Illinois.  In 1961 he began working for Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa where he was Alumni Development director.  Bill and his family came to Columbia in 1967.  He began working for the University of Missouri, eventually becoming the Director of Alumni Relations.  He later was hired as a fund raiser for Ketchum Inc, focusing on campaigns for churches.  He completed his career while raising funds for the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation.

Bill’s many volunteer activities include Meals on Wheels, deliveries for the Lions Eye Bank and State Director for the Missouri Good Sam Club.  He was an involved member of the Community United Methodist Church where he facilitated Sunday School classes, assisted in many projects and traveled on mission trips, including the recent trip to help after Hurricane Katrina.  Bill traveled on the Honor Flight for WWII Veterans to see the WWII Memorial.

In addition to his wife, Nickey, survivors include his son, Jeffrey Dalzell and wife Rhonda of Liberty; daughter, Ann Borgmeyer and husband Les of Columbia; son-in-law, Stephen Savage of Columbia; grandchildren, Kimberly Taylor and Katherine Dalzell, Molly, Sara and Billy Borgmeyer and Cara and Devin Savage.   He was preceded in death by his daughter Joan Savage.

Bill brought joy to the lives of everyone he touched.  With a smile on his face and an attitude of caring, Bill lived to do things for other people.  While entering the hospital recently, his concern was about who would take care of his Meals on Wheels friends.  We will miss his willingness to get things done for family, friends, church and community.  We will miss that twinkle in his eyes.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 2, 2012 from 5-7 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Community United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community United Methodist Church or Meals on Wheels, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, Missouri 65202.

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