William (Willie ) W. Zander, 55, Edgerton, Kan. passed away after a long illness on Jan. 23, 2012 at his home.
Willie was born Dec. 12, 1956 in San Diego, Calif. to John and Hildegard Zander.
After graduating from high school in 1975, Willie worked at his own asphalt company until becoming disabled in early 2000.
In 1983, Willie married Sherry Davis in Olathe, Kan.
Willie was gifted in the art of laughter and friendship. He never met a stranger and was always generous and kind. If anyone needed help, he made himself available.
He received the Best Dad Award annually from his daughters and Most Honor-Worthy Husband of the year award regularly from his wife. There is no one like him nor as special.
Some of his favorite hobbies were caring for and raising champion pedigree homing pigeons and working on his impressive antique tool collection.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Hildegard Zander.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry Davis Zander, Edgerton, Kan.; daughters Megan J. Zander, Kansas City, Mo. and Michelle L. Zander, Dana Point, Calif.; brothers, John Zander III, Greeley, Kan. and Walter Zander of Gardner.
Not only will he be missed by his family and friends, but his 9-year-old Jack Russell terrier, Huey, will never be the same without his best friend. No words can express our sorrow and grief, and only gratefulness remains for the years we were blessed to have him here on earth. He’s now with his Father and Lover of his soul.
Honoring his wishes, the family will cremate his remains.
A memorial service is being held at 3 p.m., Jan. 29, 2012 at New Life Community Church, 17935 S. Moonlight Road in Gardner, KS. The Reverend Merrilyn Schinkel will be residing over the service. In lieu of flowers, the family’s set up a Willie Zander Memorial fund at Metcalf Bank. Donations may be mailed to Willie Zander Memorial, P.O. Box 43, Edgerton, KS 66021. For more information, please call (913) 893-4212.
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