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In Memory of

William E. Gonzalez

January 7, 1931 - November 29, 2016

Obituary


William E. Gonzalez, 85, Leawood, KS, passed away November 29, 2016. Visitation will be from 4-6 pm on Sunday, December 4 at McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m., Monday, December 5, 2016 at Church of the Nativity, 3800 W. 119th Street, Leawood, KS. Burial is private. Contributions may be made to Catholic Hospice or Great Plains Humane Society.
Bill hailed from Los Angeles, and as a teenager he and his best friend, Rick Letts, summered on Catalina, sailed to Hawaii on...

William E. Gonzalez, 85, Leawood, KS, passed away November 29, 2016. Visitation will be from 4-6 pm on Sunday, December 4 at McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m., Monday, December 5, 2016 at Church of the Nativity, 3800 W. 119th Street, Leawood, KS. Burial is private. Contributions may be made to Catholic Hospice or Great Plains Humane Society.
Bill hailed from Los Angeles, and as a teenager he and his best friend, Rick Letts, summered on Catalina, sailed to Hawaii on Nana's Yacht, and partied on Balboa Island. Fast cars were always involved! But when manhood called, Bill followed his legendary Grandfather, Winslow B. Felix of Felix Chevrolet, into the car business. Upon the death of Bill's stepfather, Moench Buick became Gonzalez Buick and later he formed Gonzalez-Murphy Buick in Culver City, California becoming one of the youngest car dealers in the country. Bill was active in the Southern California Dealer Association and proudly served as President of General Motors Dealer Council.
A career change brought Bill to Kansas City where he became a moderator for car dealers around the country with NCM and Associates. He loved his job (he played the most gorgeous golf courses in the country!) and loved his new city, especially the Royals! Bill worked tirelessly until age 79, it was then the signs of ALS began.
Bill was a Rotarian in L.A., Overland Park, but it was the Rotary in Burnsville, Minnesota where Bill formed friendships and became a notorious member of the "Pagapoma" Club! In his last few years, Bill embraced his Catholic heritage and loved his involvement with the men's group of Nativity Church where he found a special brotherhood.
His family consists of: his wife, Kristine; daughters Lisa of San Francisco and Alicia of El Paso; and sons Bill, Jr., Christopher and Jamey of Minneapolis, MN. He leaves his dear sister Carlota and brother-in-law John of Roseville, California, stepdaughters Stevie Benjamin of Edina, MN and Britt Benjamin of Leawood, KS, seventeen wonderful grandchildren, and a great granddaughter born this year!
There are so many special people in our lives who helped Bill in his final chapter. I hope you know who you are. The Leavenworth VA was there for Bill with Bernice Thomas and Dr. Dave Elcock. He had wonderful nurses and aides at Delmar Gardens, and the caring staff from Catholic Charities was amazing. Thanks to my dear friends Suzy and Jim Fitzpatrick who held my hand and loved this feisty, extraordinary man as much as I do. Kris