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William “Bill” Landis
  • Passed away on August 04, 2017

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William “Bill” Landis passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 70. Bill was born to Wilbur Landis and Rosa Johnson on April 15, 1947 in Berlin, Germany. As a young man he served his country proud as an officer in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed many things in life that included golf, softball, watching and supporting the University of Kansas sports teams as a former graduate, art, painting, and occasionally illustrating for local newspapers. But most of all Bill enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife Sharon of 49 years; son, Chad (Anna) Landis; step-father, Max Johnson and too many nieces, nephews and extended friends and family to count including some in Austria. Bill is preceded in death by his mother Rosa K Johnson. A celebration of life will be held at Hope Lutheran Church in The Villages on August 14, 2017 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers please make donations to The American Cancer Society or Cornerstone Hospice of The Villages, Florida.

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  1. 19 Feb 2018
    Gary says:
    Just came across this today. My heartfelt sympathy to Sharon and Chad. Met and worked with Bill at the Corps of Engineers in Kansas City. Also freelanced with him developing sports cartoons for the Kansas City Star. Have many good memories of him, Sharon and Chad. May God bless him and his family.

  2. 17 Aug 2017
    Gene Risser says:
    Max: Sorry for your loss. I will always remember the time spent with "Willie" at Warwick! He always had a great knack for making people laugh. R.I.P.

  3. 15 Aug 2017
    Robert Morby says:
    One of my co-workers while we were at Regional Office in EPA. I always enjoyed my working with man. He had a great sense of humor and was able to relate to everyone. I am an owner of one of his caricatures which he drew. You only got one of these if he liked you. He will be missed.

  4. 14 Aug 2017
    Kent Walters posted an image:
    Bill took me to my first Kansas City Royals Baseball game when I was 19!<br />
What a Great person!
    Bill took me to my first Kansas City Royals Baseball game when I was 19!
    What a Great person!

  5. 13 Aug 2017
    Jeris Walters posted an image:
    My son John Walters spending a fun weekend with "Great" Uncle Bill!  As a young girl myself, I always looked forward to spending time with Uncle Bill! Memories of your competitive nature and enthusiasm for life will always be with me.  God Bless!
    My son John Walters spending a fun weekend with "Great" Uncle Bill! As a young girl myself, I always looked forward to spending time with Uncle Bill! Memories of your competitive nature and enthusiasm for life will always be with me. God Bless!

  6. 13 Aug 2017
    Gary & Cinda French says:
    Bill was a wonderful friend and neighbor. He loved sports, drawing and helping his neighbors. A big heart and loved doing his Senior Moments, and liked to pick up on things that neighbors said or did. Will miss that big smile.

  7. 13 Aug 2017
    Dale Armstrong says:
    Bill was a wonderful work colleague and friend. The world has lost one of its very good people.

  8. 12 Aug 2017
    Paul and Dee-Anna Doering says:
    Bill had extraordinary athletic ability and was an artist. I would cut out the newspaper cartoons he did and save them for when I needed a good chuckle! Thank you Bill for making our world a better, happier place. Praying The Lord will comfort Sharon and family.
    Paul and Dee-Anna Doering

  9. 11 Aug 2017
    Ellie says:
    Bill meant everything to Ken and me! He will never be forgotten!

  10. 11 Aug 2017
    Linda and Jay Powell says:
    We will miss Bill's joy and enthusiasm for playing and watching sports and other games, movies, gardening, food, and well, let's put it this way, for everything that he did. He was always fun to be with. He was ready to give a helping hand readily and gladly. We enjoyed playing pickleball, softball, golf, cards, watching NCAA football and basketball, and dining out together. We enjoyed the traveling that we did together. We enjoyed a lot of these good times with dear Sharon and Bill together and love them individually and as a couple. God rest Bill's soul and may the peace of the Lord be with you and your family, Sharon.
    Love, Linda and Jay

  11. 10 Aug 2017
    Yunk and El Youngkin says:
    Bill, you will be missed greatly. You made us laugh with your wonderful cartoons of all us "mature" folks, exclaim over your extraordinary artistic talent, feel better just being with you with your exuberance for life. We wish you peace in your journey and comfort for your family.

  12. 10 Aug 2017
    Jim & Arlene Meyer says:
    Bill, you were a Wonderful human being! You were/are loved and respected as much as you shared your love and respect back to each of us! May Your Soul Rest in Peace. You are missed Brother!

  13. 10 Aug 2017
    Beaver Burch says:
    I do not remember all you said , but I will always remember good how you made me feel. May The Love of God comfort Your Family and Friends during this time !

  14. 10 Aug 2017
    Ken & Leigh Dieffenbach says:
    Bill was a big man with an even bigger heart who impulsively shared his passion for life with his family and friends. His artistic talent embellished his hearty sense of humor. His mere presence on a field or court or course energized all around him.
    He fought his foe bravely but finally signed on to sport with the angels. As we all share in the grief of his passing may we all celebrate the unforgettable man we knew and the life he lived--the love, joy and laughter he shared so freely with all of us.
    Sharon, we are still on our 6 week road trip but know that you and your family remain in our prayers. Fondly, Ken and Leigh

  15. 10 Aug 2017
    jim and cathy lockrow says:
    WHAT AN HONOR TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH Bill. You couldn,t tell where or when he would he would show show up. Look out the window and there he is trimming the palm trees. He had a great life and will be missed by many people including myself Rest in peace brother.

  16. 10 Aug 2017
    Dave Mamuscia says:
    Bill - we'll miss you very much, especially our talks and gossip about softball and playing triple play each month. Rest well - before you know it, we'll be all playing ball again in the 'field of dreams'.

  17. 09 Aug 2017
    Pete and Cindy Anderson says:
    Didn't know you well enough, my friend, but knew you well enough to know the goodness of you. Rest well, Bill. You have fought a vallant battle.
    With love and admiration,
    Pete and Condy Anderson

  18. 09 Aug 2017
    Jack & Nancy Lopez says:
    It was an absolute joy for us to know Bill. His memory will remain will always be with us. What a great friend and neighbor.

  19. 09 Aug 2017
    Ken and Bev Middleton says:
    You will be truly missed in our Village! A great guy who did so much for us all!
    Rest In Peace Bill.

  20. 09 Aug 2017
    Anton and Anke says:
    We will miss a dear friend with a sparkling personality, who left us far too early.
    May you rest in peace, Bill

  21. 09 Aug 2017
    Tom & Blanca Riley says:
    We will miss Bill greatly. We will miss his talkative nature. We miss his stories. We will miss his jubilant deameanor. We will miss his choice of movies. We will miss his booming voice. Most of all, we will miss the kind helpful cheerful man that was our dear friend. He will always be in our hearts.

    May the good memories and the fact that such a special human being was part of our lives sustain the family, during this time, and in the days to come.

  22. 09 Aug 2017
    Dwight Olson says:
    Bill was one of those bigger than life guys who everyone seemed to gravitate towards. I'll miss him dearly and will forever remember our good times and will always hear his booming voice on fields of play.

  23. 09 Aug 2017
    Myrna and Dale Backer says:
    Thinking of you at this time of great loss. Bill was such a friendly and kind man and will be missed by many. Dale and I are in Missouri so will not be able to attend the services but will be thinking of you and your family.

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