Funeral services for William Dean ‘Bill’ Breshears, 65, Lawrence, will be at 10 am Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Breshears died Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014, at St. Francis Health Center in Topeka.
He was born Jan. 30, 1949, in Lawrence, the son of Harold and Helen Hastert Breshears. He graduated from Lawrence High School, and later served with the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Bill was employed as a die cut operator at Hallmark Cards in Lawrence for 33 years. He was a member of Dorsey-Liberty Post 14 of the American Legion, where he was involved with the baseball team, and a lifetime member of the Alford-Clarke Post 852 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He coached baseball for 34 years. Bill was also an avid bowler, and longtime member of the Lawrence Men’s Bowling Association.
He married Sandra Perkins on Mar. 17, 1969, in Lawrence. She survives, along with two sons, Rich Breshears, Baldwin City, and Billy Breshears, Lawrence; two brothers, Eugene (Jim) Breshears and Ward (J.J.) Shull, both of Lawrence; a sister, Donna Kochanski and husband Joe, Ozawkie; and one grandson, Ryan Breshears. He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepfather, Ward Shull.
Friends may call from noon to 8 pm Sunday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 3-5 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Baseball, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.
Messages & Condolences
Billie, I was saddened to hear about your dad. Our families had so much fun during you & Q’s Cardinal days. May you and your family have many precious memories. Lisa.
Rest in Peace my brother…will miss you forever ! Our prayers to the family
Keith and Marsha Evans
Rich – sorry to hear about your dad. If there is anything I can do let me know.
Sandra, Rich and Billie, Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family . Ron and Donna Goodwin & family
Sorry to hear about Bill. God bless you
Sorry to hear of your passing. Remember many conversations at Hallmark Cards during the years I worked there. Only good memories of you my friend. You will be missed.
Rich, my thoughts are with you my friend. I just lost my mom a couple of weeks ago, and it still plays havoc with my emotions.
Donna….sorry to hear about Bill. Praying for God’s peace, strength, and love to comfort you during this difficult time.
Sorry to see Bill passing. Thoughts and prayers! Mike & Diana Leming
Donna, Sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you.
Donna, I was looking through the Journal World and saw this notice. I am so very sorry to see this. Our prayers are headed your way and we are keeping you and your family in our hearts. I’ll give you a call in a few days when things start to settle down…love you bunches, my friend…
Donna and family. I am so sorry to have read this. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May Bill rest in peace. Genie LaDuke-LeRoux
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