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William Jay (Bill) Flaming

d. May 26, 2018

Hillsboro – William Jay Flaming, known as Bill, died May 26, 2018 at Salem Home in Hillsboro, KS. He was born July 27, 1957 to Jim & Eulalia Flaming. He grew up in Hillsboro KS where he worked with his father in the plumbing business until they retired in 2016.

He is survived by six siblings: Virginia Flaming and Stanley Flaming of Newton, Shirley Esau of McPherson, Susan Flaming and Vivian (Randy) Picking of Salina and Cheryl (Kevin) Brandt of Hillsboro, three nieces, 5 nephews and 2 grand nephews.

Celebration June 7, 2018 at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro at 10:00 a.m.

Memorials can be made to Salem Home of Hillsboro or Kindred Hospice in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.  Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com

Life Sketch taken from the Funeral Bulletin

William Jay Flaming, who everyone knew as Bill, was born July 27, 1957 to Jim & Eulalia Flaming. He grew up in Hillsboro KS and was well-known in the community.

Bill attended school in Hillsboro and later at Northview Developmental Services in Newton. After that he started working with his father, Jim, as a plumber. Dad often said he would not have been able to do half of what he did without Bill’s help. This included, among other things, running for tools, helping with digging & trenching, and wrestling water heaters out of people’s basements. He could wrap an electric cord with precision. He was Dad’s PR man as well.

Bill also enjoyed working at the family farm, feeding cattle, putting up hay and riding his Polaris 4- wheeler with the trailer. He used that trailer to pick up loose hay, branches around the yard, and to cart tools to the garden when needed. He especially liked to give rides to his nieces and nephews. Dad also talked about the time Bill was supposed to give him a ride out to the garden…Bill on the 4-wheeler and Dad in the trailer. That was a one-shot deal as the ride turned out pretty wild. Let’s say they made to the garden in record time!

Bill could often be seen riding his bicycle in the neighborhood. As a kid he was not able to whistle. However, he could scream a wolf whistle or siren noise as he was chasing up & down the street. As an adult, Bill would stop and visit if he saw anyone he knew. At the local coffee shop or anywhere really, Bill would greet you by name or nickname with ‘Hi! How you doin’?’

He lived at Salem Home after the death of his parents in 2017. Bill enjoyed playing Bingo, eating popcorn, going on trips to Maxwell Game Preserve and outings to the Hillsboro Senior Center. He also enjoyed making the rounds with the maintenance guys and teasing the nurses. Bill enjoyed sitting in the lobby and talking to whoever came in.

Through his work with Dad, Bill learned where everyone in the community lived and what work they did at each place. I enjoyed driving around with him on weekends and listening to his stories when we would pass a place they had worked at. He could also spot a vehicle a quarter mile away and tell me who was in it. He often did that for Dad too.

Bill was an avid collector of pens, keys, hats and t-shirts. If he saw you had one of these he would admire it and let you know he really like it. This usually meant he would get whatever he was admiring.

Bill could be reserved when first meeting a person. He could ‘read’ people and sense moods quickly. Once he got to know you, he never forgot you.

Bill is survived by six siblings: Virginia Flaming and Stanley Flaming of Newton, Shirley Esau of McPherson, Susan Flaming and Vivian (Randy) Picking of Salina and Cheryl (Kevin) Brandt of Hillsboro. He also has three nieces, five nephews and two grand nephews.

Bill is pre-deceased by his parents Jim & Eulalia Flaming.

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2 thoughts on “William Jay (Bill) Flaming

  1. I’m so sad to lose such an amazing cousin. You could always count on Bill to make you smile. Lots of fun memories from growing up. I’m sorry I can’t be there on Thursday, but I’ll be thinking of you girls.
    Love you all,
    Lynn

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