First Sergeant William Howell Jayne, USMC, retired, 76, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away on Monday, May 27, 2013 at the Kansas City VA Medical Center Hospice. Memorial services with full military honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 at the American Legion 499 Missouri 7, Blue Springs, MO. His cremains will be interred at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
Born on May 30, 1937 in Laceyville, he served in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years including two tours of Vietnam. He retired as first sergeant in 1974. Bill also worked at the United States Postal Service for 20 years, retiring as postmaster in 1997.
He was a member of the American Legion 499, Elks Lodge #2509, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 30, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps Association and Web Whispers Nu-Voice Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Ethel Jayne and his siblings, Grace Wilhelm and John Stahl.
Survivors include siblings, Rev. Carlos Jayne, Rev. Patricia Newhart, Ronald Jayne and Sandra Monday; former wife, Jerry Ann Jayne; daughter, Sue Ellen Jayne; son, William Jayne; grandson, Truett Colbert; longtime companion, Jewell Reade; many cousins, nieces, nephews and countless friends, among them his best friend, Jim Tribble.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to KCVA Hospice and Palliative Care, 4801 East Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64128.
Arrangements were made by Heartland Cremation and Burial Society and the American Legion 499.