William 'Bill' Burnley of Columbia, died Sunday, May 19, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013 | 7:02 p.m. CDT; updated 8:04 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 20, 2013

William “Bill” Burnley, 70, of Columbia, Missouri passed away in his home May 19, 2013.

Bill and Sally Headley Burnley said their marriage vows on June 6, 1970, at the Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia.

He is survived by his wife Sally, their children Greg Burnley, of Fulton, Missouri, and Lisa Kudas (husband Matthew), of Richfield, Minnesota, his twin sister, Deborah Burnley, of Columbia, and one grandchild, Emma Rose Kudas.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bill was an Industrial Arts teacher at Jefferson Junior High School for 30 years. He was proud of being the creator of the first program that included girls in the Industrial Arts program. He retired from teaching in 1996. In his neighborhood, Bill was considered the "fix it guy." He was a caring neighbor. He loved working with his hands and building things. He also loved kids and being outdoors. Early in his career Bill was a tennis instructor. He also was competitive in badminton and table tennis.

Memorial donations may be made to DrumsForCures, in care of Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St, Columbia, MO 65201.

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