Military veteran

Billie Ira Bilderback Jr., 67, son of Billie Ira Bilderback Sr. and Betty Jo Edwards, was born Jan. 29, 1946, in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He died June 21, 2013 of cancer.

His family moved to Houston when he was a child, and he attended Houston Schools. After graduation in 1964, he worked with his father as a carpenter in St. Louis, Mo. Billie married Roxanna Williamson on Nov. 11, 1966. With the exception of two years in the Army, he lived and worked as a carpenter and beef farmer in the Texas County area for 47 years. Billie took a lot of pride in his carpentry and loved raising cattle. He especially enjoyed being a father and grandfather and will forever be one of the most steadfast men they will know. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Michael Ira. He is survived by his wife, Roxanna, of their home in Houston, Mo.; four daughters, Shannon Nunnery of Houston, Mo., Jana Loge and husband, Jamie, of Ava, Mo., Amy Russell and husband, Jason, of Forsyth, Mo., and Andrea Bilderback of Fort Collins, Co.; eight grandchildren, William Forest and Johanna Prairie Nunnery, Bethany, Ben and Bailey Loge and Ellie, Evan and Owen Russell; his two brothers, Marvin Bilderback and wife, Brenda, and Ronald Bilderback; one sister, Donna Tibbets and husband, Lloyd; his mother-in-law, Jessie Williamson; his step-mother, Wilma Mielke; step sister, Deana Scott and husband, Dan; and many other caring extended family members and good friends. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Oak Hill Cemetery with Julius Fraley speaking. Pallbearers were Forest Nunnery, Ben Loge, Jason Russell, Jamie Loge, Marvin Bilderback, Ronald Bilderback and Andrea Bilderback. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. In lieu of floral arrangements, the family respectfully request that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in his honor.


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