Archive for Wednesday, November 13, 2002

William “Bill” Cashman


November 13, 2002

Services for William "Bill" Cashman, lifetime Morris County resident, were Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, at Kendall Funeral Chapel, Council Grove. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery, Alta Vista.

Mr. Cashman, 94, was born March 30, 1908, the son of John and Kate Bumgarner Cashman. He was raised on a farm in rural Morris County. He attended Centerview "Crackerbox" School for eight years.

He became a self-taught gunsmith, repairing and selling firearms throughout the area. He married Sarah "Lottie" Orton on June 20, 1937.

Mr. Cashman also worked on the family farm, ran a sawmill and owned a threshing machine. He was an avid sportsman, considered a marksman, and won many trophies throughout his life. He was instrumental in starting hunter safety courses in Morris County and instructed these courses for many years. He was a school board member for the Garfield School District and he served on the ASCS board.

He was a member of the Flint Hills Sportsman Club, and was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, a brother, Daniel, and a sister, Mary.

Survivors include daughters, Jean Pearson, Tonganoxie, Kay Steere, Arlington, Texas, and Mary Picolet, Council Grove; 10 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Morris County 4-H Foundation, in care of Kendall Funeral Chapel, 102 N. Mission, Council Grove, Kan.

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