William "Bill" Garsow

William “Bill” Garsow, 67, of Camden Point, Mo., passed away suddenly, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at St. Luke’s North Hospital. He was born on Sept. 9, 1948, in Lodi, Wis., the son of Richard and Elaine (Hanson) Garsow.

William Garsow

Bill served in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” and was awarded numerous medals including two purple hearts.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to fish. Bill was an excellent marksman and during his career was a firearms instructor. He was employed at KSP in Lansing, Kan. and USP in Leavenworth where he retired after 30 years in the UNICOR Print Factory.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a step-mother, Marge; a son, Tim Garsow; and three brothers, Edward (Joanie) Garsow, Ronald Garsow and Tom (Mary Ann) Garsow.

He is survived by his longtime companion, Ann Stokes; brother and sister by choice, Don and Sandy Otting; a brother, Mike (Ruth) Garsow; two step-sisters, Peggy (Lee) Bitzer and Joyce (Don) Boese; a step-brother, Ron (Dorothy) Barton; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bill was blessed with six more years after suffering a stroke in 2009. His smile and laugh would light up a room and oh how he loved to laugh.

A special Thank You to the VA in Leavenworth for their love and excellent care.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project in memory of Bill.