Robert W. “Bill” Gentry II, 61, of Parsons passed away unexpectedly at his home Saturday morning, Feb. 27, 2016.
He was born on March 31, 1954, at Coffeyville to Robert W. “Bill” Sr. and Betty (Thomas) Gentry. He grew up at and attended Coffeyville and Labette County schools, graduating from Labette County High School. He later graduated from Labette Community College and attended Washburn University and Pittsburg State University.
Bill worked his way up from a press operator at IMI Business Forms in Parsons to general manager. He was with the company for over 25 years. He later worked as production coordinator at Suhor Industries in Parsons before he retired.
Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman. Throughout his life he enjoyed many hunting and fishing trips with his son and friends. He played softball for many years and coached Babe Ruth baseball for several seasons. Bill loved the Kansas City Royals and was at the 1985 World Series games. He enjoyed watching and attending KU Jayhawk basketball games with his wife. He and Peggy also hunted and collected arrowheads. He enjoyed spending time in the outdoors and loved his dogs, Micki and Moose, and taking his 1971 Chevelle convertible for drives. Bill loved beautiful wood and rocks and in the past few years he began a small business purchasing and selling gunstock, knife handle and pistol grip wood. He loved history and was amazing at recall of information. One of Bill’s hobbies was restoring muscle cars, and he was a great resource with his wealth of knowledge of cars for anyone who would call and ask him about parts and paint for certain cars.
He and Peggy Malicoat were married on July 7, 1990, at First Presbyterian Church in Parsons. She survives of the home.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Brett Gentry of Chanute and Travis Gentry of Colorado; two grandsons; his sister, Jean Lardy and her husband, Steve, of Lakeland, Florida; his father, Robert W. Gentry Sr. and his wife, Norma, of Coffeyville; his nephew, David Holloman of Pittsburg; his niece, Morgan McDermott and her husband, Jon, of Mesa, Arizona; three great-nieces and two great-nephews; and his stepfather, Rex Robbins of Altamont.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Robbins.
There will be a celebration of life service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home with the Rev. Charlotte Coates officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.
Memorials are suggested to the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.