William 'Bill' Burnley died May 19, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013 | 7:22 p.m. CDT; updated 8:05 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 20, 2013

COLUMBIA — William “Bill” Burnley of Columbia died Sunday, May 19, 2013. He was 70.

Mr. Burnley and Sally (Headley) Burnley were married June 6, 1970, at the Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia.

Mr. Burnley was an industrial arts teacher at Jefferson Junior High School for 30 years. He was proud of being the creator of the first industrial arts program that included girls. He retired from teaching in 1996.

In his neighborhood, Mr. Burnley was considered the "fix it guy." He was a caring neighbor. He loved working with his hands and building things. He also loved children and being outdoors.

Early in his career, Mr. Burnley was a tennis instructor. He also was competitive in badminton and table tennis.

Mr. Burnley is survived by his wife, Sally; their children, Greg Burnley of Fulton and Lisa Kudas and her husband, Matthew, of Richfield, Minn.; his twin sister, Deborah Burnley of Columbia; and one grandchild, Emma Rose Kudas.

His parents died earlier.

Memorial donations may be made to DrumsForCures, c/o Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St., Columbia, MO 65201.

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