William L. “Bill” Kistler

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Coffeyville -

William L. “Bill” Kistler passed away in Coffeyville, KS on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at the age of 91.

He was born in Shady Bend, KS on April 15, 1920, the son of Claude and Nellie Kistler.  Bill spent the first five years of his life living in Shady Bend before his family moved to Lincoln, KS where he attended school, graduating from Lincoln High School.  Upon graduation from high school in 1939, he moved to Coffeyville and went to work for his uncle Fred Kistler at the Fred Kistler Oil Co.

Bill was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army from January 1942 until October 1945 with the 159th Infantry in Northern France and the Aleutian Islands.

On August 21, 1941, he was united in marriage to Katherine M. McGrath at Holy Name Catholic Church.  When his uncle passed away in 1949, he became President of Kistler Oil Co. where he remained until his retirement in 1988.

Bill was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.  He was a longtime member of Holy Name Catholic Church and Joyce Kilmer 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Council # 0281.  During his leisure time he enjoyed visiting with family and friends, as well as following any and all sporting activities.  During his lifetime he was a member and Past President of the following organizations: Junior Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Montgomery County Fair Assoc., Kansas Oil Men’s Assoc., and Coffeyville Country Club.  He also served as Chairman of the Wichita Diocese Catholic Board of Education, Chairman of the Holy Name Parish Council, Director of Condon National Bank, and Director of Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Katherine M. Kistler, of Coffeyville; his son, William D. Kistler and wife Nancy of Houston, TX; two grandchildren, John David Kistler and wife Sareca of Houston, TX, and Deborah Kistler DePrato and husband Darrell of Austin, TX; and two great-grandchildren, Chris and Robin DePrato of Houston, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, Bobby Kistler, who died at birth, one brother and two sisters.

A Rosary Vigil Service followed by Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville, with Father Ben Nguyen officiating.  Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Holy Name Catholic Church.  Contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed c/o David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 N. Cline Rd., Coffeyville, KS 67337.

The family would like to thank Dr. Balson, as well as the wonderful staff at Windsor Place, for the love, kindness, care and support they provided.

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Jon Kay & Ron Murphy July 20, 2011 at 8:13 am

Our sincere condolences to all of you on the loss of Bill. Our families have shared our lives for many years in a special way. Bill will be missed by many. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time.
Our Love,
Jon Kay and Ron

John & Joyce Ferwalt July 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Dear Kathrine and Bill Jr. and Family,

Joyce and I are sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this sorrowful time. Bill was always a kind, caring and spiritual man. We have the comfort of knowing that he is now with the Heavenly Father.

Love and prayers,

John and Joyce

Dick & Marilyn McWhorter July 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Dear Katherine, Bill Jr. and family,

Dick and I are very sorry to hear about Bill’s death. So glad we stopped by to see you two the last time we were in Coffeyville. We have had some of our best times with you and Bill. He will be remembered and missed. Love you.

Jasmine P. July 18, 2011 at 6:36 am

I am very sorry to learn of the loss of Bill. I know he will be dearly missed by all who knew him. It will be so wonderful when our ‘enemy death is brought to nothing’. (1 Corinthians 15:26) Bill does have the hope of a resurrection! (Acts 24:15) I hope the ‘God of all comfort’ will help you all during this time of sorrow. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

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