William "Bill" Patrick Walsh
February 18, 1937 – August 9, 2019
Every year William “Bill” Patrick Walsh planted a garden. The sun beat down and his body ached. Still he worked until the seeds grew, the weeds were pulled, and the rabbits kept at bay. He would harvest the fruits of his labor by early August, then, he’d load most of it up in buckets and bags to bring to people around him.
Bill lived his eighty-two years like he gardened. He was driven- determined to accomplish something every day. He was thoughtful- generous with his time and resources. He was diligent- devoted to everything in his care. Bill worked in the grocery business his whole life (from age eleven, as a delivery boy, until his retirement as an Operations Specialist from AWG). He was a Sharpshooter and served in the United States Army. In his fifties, he started raising cattle for beef with his youngest son; it was vigorous work that brought him joy.
On Friday, August 9, 2019 he passed away after battling an aggressive cancer. His last moments were spent surrounded by people he loved, looking out over the ranch he’d built. He leaves behind his wife and love of sixty-six years, three children, a sister, a pack of grandchildren, a herd of great-grandchildren, seventeen cows, two dogs, a fertile patch behind the house, and countless friends whose lives were touched because he lived.
A Memorial Service will be held for Bill on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 3:00pm with Visitation held from 1:00 – 3:00pm at McGilley Antioch Chapel, 3325 NE Vivion Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64119.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in his memory.
- Yvonne Walsh, Wife
- Kelly Walsh, Son
- Shannon Brown, Daughter
- Kasey Walsh, Son
- Elva Henderson, Sister
- 6 Grandchildren and a multitude of great-grandchildren
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
- Memorial Visitation Saturday, August 17, 2019
- Memorial Service Saturday, August 17, 2019
- Military Honors Saturday, August 17, 2019
William "Bill" Patrick Walsh
August 18, 2019
It was a pleasure working with Bill. When I started at AWG Bill was my mentor, I rode with him and he told me all about the stores that I would in my territory. That made my transition from retail to the wholesale side of grocery business easy.
I will always remember Bill’s wit and humor. A good man.
August 16, 2019
Bill I always enjoyed your stories and conversations. You brought light and humor to all around you. You will be missed but not forgotten.
August 13, 2019
Bill was my mentor from the first day that I started at AWG. I learned so much from him. His passion and knowledge were so encouraging. I started buying beef from him many years ago. His pride with his farm, his family, and coworkers was very evident. My sincere prayers for his family. Rest In piece my friend .🙏🏻.
August 12, 2019
Dads favorite saying for kids as family
“You raise children the same way you build a house
Lay a strong foundation and build straight and true
You can’t go wrong “