Richard Willard Norris
June 24, 1941 – April 21, 2019
Bill Norris (given name Richard W. Norris), age 78, passed away on April 21, 2019 at his home. Services will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, KCMO, on Friday, April 26th. A private inurnment will be held at Olathe Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or to the charity of one’s choice. Bill was born in KCMO on June 24, 1941. When he was 18 months old, his father passed away and his family moved to Ellsworth, Kansas. As a young boy (and beyond) he dreamed of a cowboy’s life, and loved all Westerns. Bill was a natural athlete, and in high school he lettered in football, basketball, tennis and track. He remained active in Ellsworth Bearcat sports until he graduated in 1959. Bill moved back to KCMO to work as a phone company lineman. He later installed communication systems for numerous companies and organizations. He remained with Southwestern Bell/AT&T/Lucent until he retired early with 30 years of service. He then worked independently as a contracted systems technician for a number of years before retiring. The last several decades of his life he resided in Olathe, Kansas. Bill loved all sports, and was a devoted fan of the KC Chiefs, KC Royals, and all Big 12 sports. “Big Ole Bill” was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, cousin, friend and neighbor. Survivors include his loving wife of 56 years, Carmen; his sister, Joan Russell; his daughter, Valorie; his grandchildren, Levi and Simone; and many treasured sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Hazel, his son, Tim, and his brother, Don. All who attend services are invited (but not required) to dress comfortably in their favorite Chiefs, Royals or Big 12 clothing in memory of Bill’s favorite sports teams.
- Dale Norris, Father
- Hazel Norris, Mother
- Tim Norris, Son
- Carmen Norris, Wife
- Joan Russell, Sister
- Don Norris, Brother
- Bill is survived by his daughter Valorie and his two grandchildren, Levi and Simone. He will be sadly missed by his treasured sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Immanuel Lutheran Church
1700 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri
- The Charity Of One's Choice.
- Visitation Friday, April 26, 2019
- Memorial Service Friday, April 26, 2019
- Committal Service Friday, April 26, 2019
Richard Willard Norris
April 27, 2019
Bill & Carmen were my next door neighbors for 17 wonderful years. Bill was always happy and enjoyed working in his yard, but always took time to stop and visit when I was working in my yard and we'd discuss what each of us wanted to get accomplished. He baked some of the best pies and would bring us a couple of pieces each time. I considered Bill & Carmen my best friends and I knew they'd always be there if I needed them . . and I'd keep an eye on them and their home . . . I remember when I hadn't seen them for a couple of days, I kept calling them, knocking on their door and finally got so upset I called and left a message that if I didn't hear from them by the next day, I was going to break into their home and see if something was wrong. Wasn't long and they called and they'd gone to see Tim. . Bill, I know you are no longer in pain and I will cherish your friendship & memories forever. I love You & Carmen like my family. Rest In Peace My Friend , You will be missed.