William "Bill" "Buck" Furling

April 27, 1936March 25, 2014

William Furling, known by his friends and associates as Bill or Buck, passed away March 25, 2014 at Banner Hospice in Arizona.

He was born in St. James, MO, April 27, 1936 the son of William and Ella Furling. His parents, as well as three sisters, Jane, Charlotte, and Neomi preceded him in death.

Bill married Delores Frey on May 21, 1955 and she survives. He is also survived by his son, William “Trey” (wife Cindy) Furling III, three granddaughters; Alyssa, Chelsea, and Tracey, a great grandson, William Cooper Furling, and a sister, Emelia Snelson, of Rolla, MO. He has several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Buck proudly served in the United States Air Force, Division of Aircraft Control and Warning during the Korean War. He earned the National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. Following his military service, he worked as an Air Traffic Controller in Houston, TX, Indianapolis, and Muncie IN., and then retired from Capital Airport, Springfield, IL after 25 years of service.

Bill had a passion for land developing, home building, and real estate. He founded Bill Furling Realtors in 1980 and his son continues the business today. Buck served as president of the Springfield Board of Realtors, (now the Capital Area Association of Realtors) in 1991 and was named Realtor of the Year in 1993. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a member of St. Paul’s Lodge #500 AF&AM, achieving 32nd degree, a member of the Ansar Shrine, and the Clown Unit.

A masonic service will be conducted by St. Paul’s Lodge #500 AF&AM at 11:00 am Friday, April 25, 2014 at Bisch Funeral Home West 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd, Springfield, with a memorial gathering following there until time of a memorial service at 12:30 pm. Dr. Bob Swickard will officiate. Inurnment will follow in Camp Butler National Cemetery, with military honor’s provided by the United States Air Force and the Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County.

In Lieu of flowers, those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the Shriners Hospital for Children 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63131-3597

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.


  • Masonic Service Friday, April 25, 2014
  • Visitation Friday, April 25, 2014
  • Memorial Service Friday, April 25, 2014

William "Bill" "Buck" Furling

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Bob Gruenenfelder

April 24, 2014

Saddened to learn of Bill's passing. The contacts I had with Bill were always pleasant and I learned of some parallels in our life while reading his obituary. Bill was a Realtor; I was a Realtor; Bill and I attended GRI at the same time. Bill was born in 1936 and was married on May 21, 1955 and I was born in 1936 and married on May 21, 1955. He was in the USAF as was I. He was trained in Aircraft Control and Warning for which I had applied but failed the vision requirements. Bill loved the Real Estate Business and I did also. He had Red hair, and when I had hair it was red. We had some much in common, I wish I had known him better as a close friend. I respected him in all he did and we were friends. My wife Shirley and I send our sympathy to his family and know they will cherish his memory in their grief and will find comfort in the memories.

April 23, 2014

Delores and family, My deepest sympathy on Bill's passing. He was always one of my favorites during our years serving CAAR. Lots of meetings, discussions and conventions...he added so much to them. My thoughts are with you during this time! Rita Victor

Jim Richbark

April 23, 2014

Sad to hear of Buck passing away.. So many great memories, Deer hunting in Missouri, Building house with the Zaffiri's,Lots of laughs and good advice. My prayers and sympathy go out to you Dolores and Trey.

April 5, 2014

I will miss my old hunting Zaffiri

Gene Gyure

March 31, 2014

Dolores, Trey, and family. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I can remember some fun times while I was his mentor/coach after he joined the lodge.

I pray he has found peace with the Grand Architect of the Universe.