William “Bill” Lewis Schuetz, 82, ofSpring Hill,Kan., passed away Dec. 12, 2012 at his home. 
 Bill was born Jan. 1, 1930 inKansas City,Kan., to Glenn William and Ethel Marie (Gepner) Schuetz.  He grew up inKansas City,Kan.and graduated fromTurnerHigh Schoolin 1947. 
Bill moved to Spring Hill in 1950 with his family and has been a resident since.  He was in the Army National Guard of Kansas for three years.  Bill was a life-long rancher, buying his first farm, 80 acres, at the age of 16. 
Along with farming, he worked for Johnson County Water District No. 1, for 39 years, retiring in 1996.  Bill worked hard his entire life and enjoyed the company of friends and family. 
He loved the outdoors, wildlife, birds, and especially his dogs Megan and Millie for they shared a special bond.  He always had a garden and shared his crops with many friends.  
Bill is survived by his sister, Dorothy Robertson, ofMission,Kan.; nephew, Jeff Robertson, ofShawnee,Kan.; nieces, Julia Prideaux, ofLawrence,Kan.and Marcia Tremonti, ofJacksonville,Fla.; best friend, Jeff Konitzer, of Pleasanton, Kan. who was like a son to him. 
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Dec. 17, 2012 at Bruce Funeral Home, 712 S. Webster, Spring Hill, KS(913)592-2244.  Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dec. 16, 2012 at the funeral home.  Burial will be held at PleasantViewCemetery, Shawnee, Kan.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or Great Plains SPCA of Merriam, Kan.  Condolences may be given at www.brucefuneralhome.com.