Saturday, May 14, 2022

Obituary - William Joseph Pirtle

William Joseph Pirtle, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00AM, Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Clinton, Missouri. 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Englewood Cemetery, Clinton, Missouri. 

The family suggests memorial contributions to Holy Rosary Catholic Church and may be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at

William was born November 24, 1933 in Sedalia, Missouri the son of Claude and Olia (Crawford) Pirtle. He retired from the US Air Force. After retiring from the military, William worked at Stephenson's Restaurant in Independence and was also employed with Wal-Mart. William was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and the VFW Post #1894. He enjoyed fishing and watching baseball. William was very proud of his grandchildren.

William was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria, and a son-in-law, Christopher Smith.

He is survived by a daughter, Michelle Smith of Independence, Missouri, two sisters; Virginia Lee Pirtle of Sedalia, Missouri and Sharon Kay Hickman of California, 5 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 2 great great-grandchildren.

Services are under the direction of Vansant-Mills Funeral Home of Clinton, Missouri.

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