In memoriam: Missionary emeritus William “Bill” H. Meredith, 80

William “Bill” H. Meredith, 1940-2020

William “Bill” H. Meredith, retired International Mission Board missionary who shared the gospel among the Central Asian Affinity Peoples, died Aug. 18, 2020, at Sunset Nursing Home, Concordia, Kansas. He was 80.

He was born on Feb. 13, 1940, in South Bend, Indiana, to the late Howard E. and Beulah M. (Fox) Meredith.

Meredith graduated from Mishawaka High School in Indiana and joined the U.S. Marine Corps.  He later attended the University of Indiana, where he received the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in public relations with an emphasis in criminal justice. He also received a diploma in General Bible Studies from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.

Meredith married Janet K. Esckelson on Jan. 29, 1965, in Indiana.  They moved to Concordia, Kansas, in 1982.  He taught criminal justice and computer classes at Cloud County Community College until his retirement.  He made a volunteer missions trip to Bulgaria shortly before his retirement. Over the years, Meredith served as pastor or in other pastoral roles in several Kansas churches.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #76.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janet; daughters, Kim Mills (Travis) of Ames, Kansas, and Tina McManus (Rob) of Concordia; son, Michael Meredith (Shari) of Hays, Kansas; foster daughter, Youlanda Willingham; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Read an obituary here.