Bill York

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

SIKESTON -- William H. "Bill" York III, age 85, died Nov. 19, 2011, at Sikeston Convalescent Center in Sikeston.

He was born Dec. 20, 1925, in Sikeston, son of the late William H. York Jr. and Edna (Porter) York Jr.

In April of 1948, he married Eugenia Nell Potashnick, and she preceded him in death.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served during World War II, and had been equipment superintendent for the R.B. Potashnick Company for 45 years before retiring. While working for the company, Bill and Eugenia were sent around the United States and the world on various construction jobs.

Bill was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, United Methodist Men, Sikeston Elks Lodge and the Henry Meldrum American Legion. He was one of the original coordinators of the annual Pancake Day at the church. In his spare time, he built wooden toys for the church to give to children for Christmas.

Two daughters, Pollyanna McRoy and Eugenia Nelle York; and one sister preceded him in death.

Survivors include: one son, William H. "Bill" York IV of Sikeston; and four grandchildren, Miko McRoy of Seymour, Ind., Angie (Lee) Dickson of Los Gatos, Calif., William H. "Bill" York V and Christopher Edward York both of St. Louis; two great-grandchildren, Alex and Mikalyn McRoy; and one on the way.

There will be a memorial service held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, followed by a visitation until 6 p.m. at Ponder Funeral Home. The Rev. Geoff Posegate, pastor of First United Methodist Church, will be officiating the service.

Online condolences may be sent at

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Memorials may be sent to:

Wesley United Methodist Church

600 Pine St.

Sikeston, MO 63801

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