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William "Bill" L. Pigue
May 21, 2014
On Friday, May 16, Bill completed his journey on planet earth to be with "our father who art in heaven" during his stay at the K.C. Hospice House on Wornall. Bill was born in Chattanooga, TN on Apr. 8, 1929 to Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Pigue.
Bill joined the Army in 1947 and served in the 11th Airborne as a paratrooper, tracked vehicle repair and maintenance and finished his army career as Sergeant First Class with combat Arms Detachment, 1802d Special Regiment in instruction at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. During his years with the Army, Bill met Jane Hudson of Eureka Springs, Arkansas and they were married on June 4th, 1950 while Bill was stationed at Fort Knox, KY.
After retirement from the Army, Bill and Jane moved to the Kansas City area to be near family, after living in Independence for many years, Bill and Jane settled in Greenwood, MO.
Bill became a self taught gunsmith and when he was not repairing guns for the Independence Police and Jackson County Sheriff's departments, Bill would build custom deer rifles with amazing hand carvings that were highly sought after.
During the 80's and early 90's Bill worked with his son in the family owned Pigue's Pro Bass where he would hand weave beautiful designs in custom fishing rods. After the store closed Bill went to school to learn how to build golf clubs, and like his fishing rods and custom gun building, the golf clubs were a big hit until the time came where his health made it difficult to continue.
Bill loved hunting, fishing, and golf and was lucky enough to make a hole-in-one at Teetering Rocks golf course in 1993. Bill was truly blessed with an incredible ability and excelled at everything he touched. Bill was a loving husband, amazing father and true friend to many. One of Bill's greatest gifts was he never said a bad word about anyone, ever.
Bill was married to the love of his life, Jane, for 63 years and they enjoyed many trips to Europe, Egypt, and their favorite destination was the Holy lands.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother.
Bill is survived by his wife, Jane Pigue of Greenwood; brother, Karl Koeninger; son, Tim Pigue of Greenwood; son and daughter-in-law, William and Judy Pigue of Raytown, son, Bob Pigue and fiance Carol Dolt of Lee's Summit; daughter and son-in-law, Fred and Sue Thomas of Cassville. Bill will be missed by grandchildren, Lori Glaspie and her husband Nathan, Chris Pigue, Mackenzie Marchant, and Abby Hutcheson. Bill was loved by best friends, Curtis and Phyllis Brobisky, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation will be from 12-2pm with funeral service starting at 2pm at the First Baptist Church of Lee's Summit at 2 NE Douglas St. in Lee's Summit on Thur. May 22nd, followed by burial at Lee's Summit Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to the KC Hospice House on Wornall who did a wonderful job on helping Bill and family when Bill needed help the most. Online condolences may be left for the family at langsfordfuneralhome.com. (Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home)