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November 13th, 2019

bill andersenBillie LeRoy Andersen, 91 years young, of Liberal passed away Oct. 11 in Wichita.

Bill was the third oldest child of 15 children born to Ernest William and Verna Esther Yost Andersen on April 28, 1928 in Seneca, Nebraska. 

Bill grew up in the sandhills of Nebraska helping his father haul heating oil until he and his younger brother, Don, joined the military to serve in the Korean conflict.

After Korea, Bill and his brother Don moved to Kansas joining another brother. It was then he met a sassy, cute girl by the name of June Boyd. Bill and June were married in September of 1954 and recently celebrated 65 years of marriage. During those 65 years, they raised their daughters and began a career of fostering teenaged girls for more than 45 years. One knows that teenaged girls can be quite the challenge; Bill had a hideaway in his garage!

Family reunions were always fun, noisy and filled with all the stories a family of 15 have accumulated. He loved his family, but his number one love was his wife. He was fondly called Billie by his wife and they never missed a day without saying “I love you”. Bill instilled a strong work ethic for his immediate and foster children; he worked many years in the oil field industry and was always seen working around his house after he retired. 

Bill will be truly missed by his family and his community; his legacy is one we strive to emulate.

Bill is survived by his wife, June; daughters, Seena Cox and husband, Steve Skellenger, Bentonville, Ark., Nettie Bicanich, Denver, and Bonnie Keating and husband, Russ Keating, Liberal; sisters, Char Taylor (husband Loren), and Kay Wolfenden (late husband LeRoy) of Nebraska; grandchildren: Nicole Bicanich, Brandon Cox (wife Terri Rettig), Breann Cox, Nash Keating and Kinnedy Keating; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Preceding Bill are 12 siblings; his parents; and son-in-law, Ed Cox.

• A viewing will take place at Miller Mortuary, Friday Oct. 18 from 1 to 7 p.m., with family present to greet friends from 6 to 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Liberal, with burial at the Liberal City Cemetery in Liberal.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers for donations to be made to the OTLR in care of Miller Mortuary PO Box 826 Liberal, KS 67905-0826.

Friends may send condolences to the family through Bill's tribute web page at



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