Bill E. Savely was born April 3, 1928, to Leigh and Ila Savely in the rural Mullinville area. He died Oct. 17, 2012.

Bill grew up in the Mullinville area and as all young boys, had a group of friends who kept themselves entertained. He commented one of their favorite pastimes was going out south of Mullinville and shooting prairie dogs. One Christmas he woke up to find his first bicycle. He said it was his best Christmas ever as a kid.

Bill went to Mullinville School until his sophomore year. At second semester he transferred to Greensburg. He commented he played basketball for Mullinville one week against Greensburg and then the next week he was playing on the Greensburg team against his old Mullinville team.

Helen met Bill that year when he sat in front of her in class. She said they were taking a test and she asked him for an answer to one of the questions. He gave her the right answer but in her fluster she wrote it down wrong. She said she will never forget that.

They dated since they were juniors in high school and got married at the parsonage of the Christian Church in Greensburg on April 19, 1948.

They lived in Mullinville for about three years before moving over to Greensburg in their newly built Lustron house and lived there until Bill got a job for American Louisiana Pipeline and moved to Shelbyville, Ind. They lived there for a few years before moving back to Greensburg bringing their eight-year-old son Charlie with them.

While living in Greensburg, he worked selling industrial products before retiring. After retirement Bill drove the school bus picking up the kids for school, taking them home and driving to activities, which he always said was his best job. Getting paid to go to the games! He also had a golf cart business selling some carts and had a fleet he rented out for golf tournaments. He loved playing golf and always enjoyed the golf cart business.

After he retired from bus and golf cart and Helen retired from the city office, they took a lot of bus trips across the states.

In 2007 they moved to Pratt after the tornado and have enjoyed getting acquainted with their friends at the McDonalds coffee group and at the Senior Center.

Bill is survived by his wife, Helen Ruth Savely; a son, Charlie Bill and wife Sherry of Fairfield, Iowa; grandchildren Derek (Shasta) Wesley of Sidney, Mont., Karen (Ryan) Fryhling of Rapid City, S.D., and Gina Savely of Rapid City; great-grandchildren, Zayda and Dresden Wesley; and a sister, Janice Jacobsen of Arvada, Colo.

Bill didn't know a stranger and will be missed by many friends, near and far.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Rd., Pratt, where family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Greensburg.

Memorials may be made to any of the following choices: South Wind Hospice, Methodist churches in Greensburg or Pratt , or donor's choice in care of the mortuary.

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