the Lord, on September 21st, 2022 at 84 years old. He was born to Vinita Wallace Karriker and
Grant Junior Karriker on June 27th, 1938 in Bevier, Missouri, and was their only child.
After high school he enlisted in the Navy and was stationed on U.S.S Kawishiwi in Long
Beach, California. Once he moved back home to Missouri he met and fell in love with his wife
Mary Burns Karriker. They married and had 3 children, William Jr., Kimberly Lynn, and Vinita
A short time later he joined the fire academy and after graduation he got a job with the
Kansas City Fire Dept, which he loved. He was very proud to be a fireman and held many
positions, including being the tiller driver, which was his favorite assignment. He continued to
work for the KCFD for 35 years.
After retirement from the KCFD he worked as a Special Ed. bus driver for Laidlaw for
more than 20 years, he made many friends from this, and absolutely loved all the children he
got to help and interact with.
He was a proud Eagle Scout, a member of the Kansas City Turners German Social
Club, a Lifetime member of the Elks Lodge #26, and a 4th degree Knight in the Knights of
Columbus. He volunteered so much of his time to helping others and taking care of his friends
and family. He was very protective and selfless and dedicated his life to others.
He loved to spend time bowling, playing poker and traveling, he often would make the
round trip to Florida to escape the cold Missouri winters. Spending all of his time tanning on the
He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Mary Karriker, his 3 children and their spouses, as
well as his grandchildren, Kelly, Brenda, Grant, Jack, Hunter, Bishop, Sawyer, Joseph, Katie,
Andrew, and Julia. Also his great-grandchildren, Jace, Sophia, Jameson, Lucius, and Shane, as
well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by both his parents, Vinita
and Grant, his son in law David Hugunin, as well as one great-grandchild Jade Karriker.
His memorial will be held at the Elks Lodge #26, on October 21st at 11am in Kansas City,
Missouri, all friends and family are welcomed to join.