William F. Bias, May 30, 1924 — March 30, 2014, of Columbia

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 | 1:26 p.m. CDT; updated 1:32 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bill Bias passed away March 30, 2014, at his home with his family at his side.

Visitation will be in the Narthex at Parkade Baptist Church on Saturday April 5, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with services to follow at the church. Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery.

Bill was the oldest son of twelve children, born to Chester and Edith Bias of Fayette, on May 30, 1924.

In 1942, he married Hazel Proctor. To this union 3 children were born, Linda (Jesse) Stone of Columbia; Jenny (Kenny) Price of League City, Texas; and Mike Bias of Moberly; seven grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren and thirteen great-great grandchildren. They were divorced in 1958.

On March 15, 1943, he was drafted into the U.S. Army serving in Philippines and surrounding Islands. He was honorably discharged in December of 1945, after earning the Purple Heart.

He married Bernice VanderLinden on July 9, 1959, and they were blessed with two sons, Ron (Rhonda) of Columbia; Bob (Sheila) of Centralia. Three grandchildren, Nathan & Blane, Brittney (Patrick) Rutherford; two step-great-grandsons, Shawn and Wesson; and great-grandson, Gabe, who was the joy of his great-grandpa’s life.

Bill owned and operated Bias Lawn Service for 20 some years, starting in the late 1970s. He was one of the first commercial mowing services in Columbia. After retiring from mowing he delivered auto parts for Carquest for over 10 years.

In 1970, Bill and Bernice joined Parkade Baptist Church. Shortly after that he became a member of the Fisherman’s Sunday School class and the Tuesday morning men’s prayer breakfast. He was the chief coffee maker for them until poor health forced him to quit.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and six sisters.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, children and two brothers, J.C. Bias of Fayette; Floyd of Texas; one sister, Thelma of Fayette.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Parkade Baptist Church/ Scott Wenger Fund, which has been established to assist the youth of our church to go on mission trips and youth camp to learn more about and spread the word of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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