William “Bill” Faulconer, 87, of Garden City, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.
He was born Sept. 12, 1930, in Finney County, to James A. and Esther K. Metz Faulconer. He graduated from Holcomb High School in 1949. From May 1951 to February 1953, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was awarded a Purple Heart.
On Jan. 30, 1951, he married Erma May Holmes in Raton, N.M.
While living in Sheridan Lake, Colo., Mr. Faulconer worked as a farm hand. A Garden City resident since the 1980s, he worked as a mechanic for John Deere in Garden City for 10 years. He was a rock hound, enjoying collecting rocks and making jewelry. He was a member of the VFW of Garden City and a member of AARP.
Survivors include his wife, Erma May Faulconer of the home; three children, Georgia M. (Keith) Hartman of Schoenchen, Wayne A. (Connie) Faulconer of Bonner Ferry, Idaho, and Billie J. Baxter of Dighton; a daughter-in-law, Ginger Faulconer of Shields; a sister-in-law, Mildred Faulconer of Wheatland, Wyo.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Johnnie L. Faulconer; a son-in-law, Greg Baxter; five brothers James H. Faulconer, Charles M. Faulconer, Harold A. Faulconer, David R. Faulconer and Donald D. Faulconer; and a sister, Lena E. Kells.
A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City.
There will be no visitation. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com. Memorials are suggested to the Finney County Museum or Garden City VFW, both in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846.