Billie ‘Bill’ Chard, Jr.


Billie “Bill” Chard, Jr., 89, of Newton, passed away Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Wichita.
Bill was born on March 28, 1931, to William and Docia Chard. Bill joined the United States Army when he was barely 17 years old and served in the Korean War from 1949 until 1951. He was one of the very proud veterans to go on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
Bill worked hard most of his life, including in the tool crib at Hesston Corp. for more than 32 years before retiring. Bill could usually be found outdoors, working on a vehicle or bicycle with his great-grandson, swinging his great-granddaughter in her swing or working in his garden. He took pride in and shared with many family, friends and neighbors.
Bill married Barbara Alexander on Nov. 14, 1953. She survives. He also is survived by his children, Terry (Thalene) Chard and Lea (David) Bradley; granddaughters, Heather (Daniel) Jenkins and Ashlee Durham; great-grandchildren Dakota Chard, Shelbie Chard, Dawson Chard and Morgan Chard; great-great-grandsons, Aiden and Caelub Chard; along with three step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; and three step-great-great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; seven siblings; and two grandsons, Jeremy Chard and Alexander Bradley.
The casket was open at the funeral home on Wednesday, Nov. 4, between 1 and 8 p.m., and will be open 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 5.
Graveside service and interment will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.
A memorial has been established with Caring Hands Humane Society; contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.
Condolences may be left at Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.