Bill 'Punky' McMahon devoted to armed services, family
COLUMBIA — Bill “Punky” McMahon served in the Vietnam War and received a Purple Heart, but his dedication to the armed services lasted long after the war was over.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and helped promote awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder at the Truman Veterans Hospital.
Mr. McMahon, 62, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. He was 62.
He was born Nov. 25, 1948, to Floyd and Lois McMahon in Coffeyville, Kan.
Mr. McMahon loved spending time with his family and had a skill for making people smile. He looked at the bright side of life, even in tough situations. He chose to stay in Texas when Hurricane Ike blew through.
He is survived by his children, Christy McMahon and husband, Brock Wright, of Ashland and William Travis McMahon and wife, Lori Flores, of Hitchcock, Texas; four grandchildren, Aliyah and Aliyana McMahon and Brock Wright, all of Ashland, and William Travis McMahon Jr.; and a devoted friend, Renda Nichols.
Two sisters died earlier.
Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1271 Business Loop 70 W. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home..
Memorials can be made to the William McMahon Memorial Fund, c/o Christy McMahon, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, MO 65202.
Tributes can be posted at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.