William Ward Duvall, known to many as Bill, passed away peacefully at his home on October 16, 2023, at the age of 77 in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He was born on March 8, 1946, in Springfield, Missouri, to Gilford Simon “Barney” Duvall and Wilma Madge Ward Duvall.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rita Lois Jiles Duvall, and his daughters Sarah Kyle Duvall Gilstrap (Chris) and Mollie Lyn Duvall. Bill was a loving Papa to five granddaughters Aubriana Joy Duvall, Alayna Michelle Duvall, Amelia Leigh Gilstrap, Cora Dee Gilstrap, and Aurelia Rose Osgood. He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Diana Christine Duvall Osgood.
Bill was raised on a farm in Miller, Missouri, where he raced motorcycles while at Miller High School. He completed an undergraduate degree in Art Education at Pittsburg State University, then was drafted to the United States Navy during the Vietnam Era (1969-1973). He served on the ship, the Monob, and as Captain Ernie said in his honorable discharge commendation, “his jacose personality and artistic abilities made him a real great shipmate.”
He fell in love and married his best friend and life partner Rita in 1973. They moved to Kansas where Bill was a Graduate Assistant at Pittsburg State, earning his Masters Degree in School Administration, and a Specialist Degree in Higher Education Administration from University of Central Missouri. Bill had a diverse career, working as a Lee’s Summit High School Art Teacher, an American Family Insurance Adjustor, and a House Remodeling Contractor. His homes were truly a work of art.
Over 50 years, Bill and Rita built a life and raised their family in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. They raised three daughters and two granddaughters on Grand Avenue, and they cherish countless memories, from playhouse playdates as children to driveway catch-ups as adults. Their favorite family vacations were to Gulf Shores, Alabama where Bill and his girls enjoyed building sandcastles, and Western Colorado where they enjoyed camping and jeeping in the Rocky Mountains. Bill was a respected role model to many as a faithful husband and loving father.
Bill was known for his selfless generosity, colorful storytelling and sense of humor. Friends knew he could build or fix anything, and he offered his skills and talent without hesitation. He believed everyone deserved an opportunity in life and was worthy of judgment-free grace and kindness. He had many friendships through his passion for restoring classic cars, remodeling houses, and his love for horses. Bill never knew a stranger.
His faith in God gave him strength throughout his 10-year battle with prostate cancer. He never lost hope and often talked about his plans for cars and travel, “when he got to feeling better.” Bill will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. His memory will forever be cherished in our hearts.
Join the family of Bill Duvall for a Celebration of Life service on Friday, November 3 at 10:00am at The Chapel at The Summit Church, located at 3381 NW Chipman Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081. Coffee and sweets in the Chapel lobby following the service.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care at https://www.kchospice.org/donation/.