RUSSELL — William Allan “Bill” Rabas, 64, passed away Sept. 14, 2014 from an automotive accident in Ellsworth County.
Born June 9, 1950, in Ellsworth, he was the son of William and Marjorie D. (Shaffer) Rabas. He grew up in Luray and graduated from Luray High School. He then attended and graduated from Beloit Vo-Tech School. On Nov. 24, 1979, he was united in marriage to Delores LaVonne Crawford in Luray. This union was blessed with two daughters, Sarah and Kimberly. They made their home in Russell. He was a retired motor grader operator for Russell County Highway Department. He ran Woody’s Wood Service and operated a motor grader for several other townships. He was a handy man for Don’s Plumbing, Heating and Air. He enjoyed cutting firewood and lending a helping hand whenever and wherever possible. But most of all he loved picking on and playing with his grandchildren.
Mr. Rabas was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He was an active member in the ISIS Shrine, ISIS Gridiron Club and the Russell Masonic Lodge No. 177, and a life member of the Russell Elks Lodge No. 1715.
Survivors include two daughters, Sarah Martin (Darin), Claflin; and Kimberly Ryan (Michael), Russell; and four grandchildren, Randall, Treiton, Aislee and Brenton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Delores; and granddaughter Quinlee Martin.
Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Russell. Burial will follow at the Wilson City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell, with the family present to greet friends from 6 to 7 p.m.
A memorial has been established as an Educational Fund for the grandkids. Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Pohlman - Varner - Peeler Mortuary*
610 N. Maple
Russell, KS, 67665
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Sept. 25, 2014