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    Topeka Daily Capital January 10 William Andrew Bullard, Sr., of Topeka, died at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center early on Sunday morning, January 8,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 10, 2006
      Topeka Daily Capital January 10
      William Andrew Bullard, Sr., of Topeka, died at Saint Francis Hospital
      and Medical Center early on Sunday morning, January 8, 2006. His
      family was with him at the last. Catholic Funeral Mass will be at
      Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 312 NE Freeman at 10:00 a.m. on
      Thursday, January 12, 2006 Born on January 3, 1919 in Talalah,
      Oklahoma, Bill was the oldest son of Emmett Young Bullard and
      Elizabeth Teresa Taylor Bullard. He had two brothers and two sisters.
      Bill and his brother and sisters were raised and went to school in
      Coffeyville, Kansas. At the outset of World War II, Bill joined the
      Army Air Corps. He served in various units including the 55th Fighter
      Squadron of the 9th Air Force, United States Army Air Corps from 1941
      until 1945 with service in England and Europe.Bill married Evelyn M.
      Sitz in Coffeyville on December 30, 1943. Evelyn continues life at
      their home.Bill was a life long member of the United Association of
      Trade Unions and was a member Union Local 165, Pipefitters Union (now
      Local 441). During his service in the U.S. Army Air Corp, Bill, at the
      age of 26, had risen to the rank of Master Sergeant. He worked on and
      supervised the maintenance of virtually every type of aircraft
      committed to the European theatre and served in England, France,
      Belgium and Germany. He also had the reputation of a problem solver in
      the Army solving problems from the removal and disposal of Luftwaffe
      bombs from storage depots on a captured airfield in Germany to
      establishing hot water showers and salvaging the radio from a crashed
      B-24 to provide radio music and news for his squadron while they were
      encamped on an abandoned farm in France during the winter of 1945. He
      volunteered to and participated in the U.S. Army relief operations at
      the Buchenwald concentration camp. Bill was a life-long member of the
      Roman Catholic Church. After moving his family from Coffeyville,
      Kansas to Topeka in 1952, Bill and his family were members of
      Assumption Parish. In the summer of 1968, the family moved to Holton
      and attended St. Dominics Parish. In his career with the United
      Association in the Pipefitters Local, Bill worked tirelessly to break
      down ethnic barriers in organized labor and the trade unions. Bill
      worked on major construction projects throughout the Midwest,
      including the Haskell Power Plant in Lawrence, the Tecumseh Power
      Station near Topeka, the Jeffreys Energy Center north of Saint Marys
      and the Cooper Nuclear Power Station at Brownsville, Nebraska. He also
      worked on military construction during the expansion of Forbes Field
      in Topeka during the 1950s. and a number of cold war era missile sites
      and many other military and civilian construction projects from
      Cincinnati, Ohio to Liberal, Kansas and into Oklahoma. His last job
      was the Jeffreys Energy Center north of Saint Marys, Kansas where he
      was the Union Steward. He retired at the age of 66. "Bull" as he was
      known in the trades, for his physical strength, determination, humor
      and personal integrity, has a reputation as an effective problem
      solver with strong leadership skills in dealing with labor issues and
      maintaining productive and safe job-sites. With little formal
      education he had, on his own, studied and become very proficient with
      the complex mathematic disciplines of trigonometry and calculus and
      was highly regarded for his skill in resolving serious and complex
      technical problems on various job sites. He received awards in 1998
      from the Union for his contributions to the training of skilled
      tradesmen. He was also an artistic man who loved and was a very
      accomplished photographer. He enjoyed a wide range of music from Verdi
      to "CCR". Bill loved gardening. After he retired from Local 165, he
      installed the plumbing in seven Habitat Housing units throughout the
      Topeka area and was, again, the driving force in the participation of
      organized labor and the trade unions in Habitat Housing. In 1999 he
      received the Local 165 Community Service Award for his work with
      Habitat Housing. He was also a frequent and politically outspoken
      contributor to Letters to the Editor. Bills health had been declining
      for a number of years. He suffered from colon cancer, asbestosis and
      congestive heart failure. He and Evelyn lived at home. Their needs
      were attended to by several of their sons and daughters. Evelyn
      continues to live at home with the assistance of sons, daughters and
      grandchildren. Even in his decline, Bill continued to provide
      inspiration and guidance to his children, grandchildren and great
      grandchildren with his life examples of faith in God, love of his
      family, grace and patience in difficulty, personal generosity to those
      in need and determination in adversity. Bill received Last Rights of
      the Catholic Church on Saturday and died peacefully early on Sunday
      morning. Survivors include five sons and nine daughters; William A.
      Bullard Jr, Fall River, Massachusetts, Janet M Brunton, Topeka, Jeanne
      P. LaMoree, Olathe, Joseph A. Bullard, Mayetta, Nanci L. Flesher,
      Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mary C. Bullard, Lawrence, Christopher A.
      Bullard, Topeka, Paula M Harrison, Plano, Texas, Sarah E. Zibell and
      Margaret M. Krogmann, both of Holton, John A. Bullard, Bremerton,
      Washington and Mary F. Boland, Topeka; 36 grandchildren and 41 great
      grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his sibling; Emmett
      Bullard, Medford, Oregon, Betty Perkins, Ft. Worth, Texas, John
      Bullard, Chester, Pennsylvania and Mary Reid, Colorado Springs,
      Colorado; and by a daughter, Therese A. Lewis. Bill will lie in state
      at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel after 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January
      11, 2006 with a Rosary recited at 7:00 P.M. "It is not important that
      our children have more than we had. All that is important is that they
      are better than us -- W.A. "Bull Bullard Sr. Requiescat in pace our
      dear Father. A special message for the family can be left online at
      www.PenwellGabel.com William Bullard Sr.

      This appeared in the obit section this morning. I know no other
      details, but thought this information might be of value to someone in
      the group
      Pete Siemers
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