William “Bill” Ray Pettit

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William Ray Pettit obit photoWilliam “Bill” Ray Pettit, age 57, of Gallatin, Missouri, passed away Saturday evening, July 6, 2024, at his home in Gallatin. Bill was born on August 5, 1966, to Ray Harrison and Sue (Cox) Pettit in Chillicothe, Missouri. He was a 1984 graduate of Gallatin High School. Bill was a member of Olive Baptist Church and was baptized at a young age. He married Stacy Rae Clausen on October 28, 2015, in North Kansas City. Bill worked at Landmark Manufacturing for 36 years, starting as a press operator, later becoming a supervisor, and finally the master scheduler.

Bill loved his family, especially his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; he lived for everyone else. To know Bill was to love Bill. If he met you, you were his friend and probably had a nickname. He was an animal lover and enjoyed spending time outdoors. Golfing, bowling, and fishing were among Bill’s favorite activities. He excelled at woodworking and could build and fix anything. Bill was the ultimate host for family gatherings, especially Super Bowl parties, often barbecuing and smoking meats. Bill loved sports; he was a huge MU fan and an even bigger KU hater. He took pride in his yard and inherited a passion from his father for “old things.” Bill will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, Ray Pettit; mother, Sue Belsher; and grandson, Ashton Pettit. He is survived by his wife, Stacy, of the home; sons, Brett Pettit (Alyssa) of Plattsburg, Missouri, Jake Osborn (Samantha) of Lawson, Missouri, Mitchell Pettit (Jazmine) of Gallatin, Missouri, and Jonas Pettit of Gallatin, Missouri; ten grandchildren; sister, Sherri Smith (Chance) of Gallatin, Missouri; mother-in-law, LaRae Loyd of Winston, Missouri; beloved nieces and nephews; aunts, uncles, other extended family members, and many friends.

Instead of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Children’s Mercy Hospital in care of the funeral home. A service celebrating Bill’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at the Gallatin First Christian Church. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday evening, also at the church. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Hillcrest Cemetery in Gallatin. Arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Stith Funeral Home in Gallatin. (660) 663-2117.

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