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William H. Macy, Jr. 1929 - 2014
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William H. Macy, Jr., 84, of Great Bend, and formerly of Larned, passed away on May 25, at Hays Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was born on Aug. 16, 1929, in Denver, Colo. In 1948, he graduated from Wheat Ridge High School in Wheat Ridge, Colo. He then attended Colorado State University, where he achieved a degree in Horticulture and Floral Design. He operated a greenhouse and three floral shops in Denver, Colo., known as “The Bright Spot”, for 22 years and then moved his greenhouse business to Lake County, Fla. for 32 years. He lived in Missoula, Mont. for 1½ years then moved to Calhan, Colo. for about a year. Bill moved to Larned, in 2004, and moved to Great Bend one year ago.
Mr. Macy was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was a past president and former member of the Denver, Colo. Junior Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the Florida Growers Association. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Larned.  While residing in Florida, he enjoyed being a member of the R/C Planes Club until health issues prevented him from taking part in it.
Survivors include his wife and companion for 36 years, Opal M. Fanatia Macy of Great Bend; one son, William H. Macy III and his wife, Debra of Florence, Mont.; one step-daughter, Frances Murphy and her husband, Mike of Gillette, Wyo.; five step-sons, L.D. Fanatia and his wife, Debbie of Calhan, Colo., Joe Fanatia and his wife, Donna of Kalona, Iowa, Carl Fanatia and Lewis Fanatia, both of Longmont, Colo., and Tom Fanatia and his wife, Debbie of Homer, Ala.; one grandson, William H. Macy IV of Missoula, Mont.; three granddaughters, Heather Louise McBride and her husband, Joe of Leesburg, Fla., Tara Marie Macy of Leesburg, Fla., and Kayla Marie Macy of Missoula, Mont.; 23 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters.
It was Mr. Macy’s wishes to be cremated, and no memorial services are planned at this time. There will be no viewing or visitation.  Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left for the family and a complete obituary notice may be viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by
Charter Funerals*
2115 Washington St.
Great Bend, KS  67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, May 28, 2014