William Bill Messamore

William “Bill” Messamore went to join God, and his loving wife, Joann, on January 26, 2018. Bill was born on April 29, 1929 in Colby, Kansas. On March 28, 1948 he married his sweetheart, and a few years later they relocated their young family to Texas.
Bill is survived by his two daughters, Dianne Schlitzberger, and her husband Bobby, and Betsy Woodard, and her husband Ed; his five grandchildren Maria Hall, Kimberly Day, Lea Woodard, Craig Woodard and Tracy Scott; fourteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Just a few months shy of his 89th birthday, Bill never lost his enthusiasm for life; he loved new experiences, family gatherings, classic Country Western music, old Westerns, and dominating at pool. Bill was an eager participant during poker games at the local VFW, and didn’t feel his day was complete without a slice of pie and a cold beer. His happy smile, large heart and outgoing manner will be missed by his family and his many friends.
The viewing, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., will be held Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.
Pallbearers: Christopher Davidson, Matthew Davidson, Taylor Scott, Mason Scott, Cody Woodard and Garret Woodard.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Bill’s name to the Thelma Webber Community Center, 14304 Beriton St, Santa Fe, TX 77517.


  1. To our family,
    We are with you all in spirit today and tomorrow! What a loss for all of us, and especially for all who knew him as “dad”, “grandpa”, and Great grandpa”! Of course we cousins feel the same. He was loving, kind, intelligent, funny, gracious,…well just a good man anyone would love. We will miss him! I think the reunion in heaven must have been wonderful though! God Bless you all. The Summers family, Vancil family, Hardy family, Dunsmore family, and the Ponce family. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

    Bev Summers
  2. Uncle Bill was a kind, funny, outgoing, loving man. He loved life and his family. And he loved beans. I will always remember those beautiful wood floors in the Texas City house he and Aunt Joann lived in years ago. He’s now with his sweetheart again. I will miss him.

    Deborah Collins
  3. My dear, sweet, kind brother-in-law Bill. I can still remember when he started pursuing my sister JoAnn. He didn’t have a car so he would “hitch-hike” from Colby to Goodland. She was also dating another lad, but Bill kept hitching and hiking and won over her heart, and we were all so glad he did. Throughout all the years of their long marriage he was a faithful husband, loving father, hard worker and a great brother in law. When our mother died in 1954 they took my sisters Sharon and Maxine back to live with them in Texas. Bill was the “salt of the earth”!!!!

    Margaret Loyd Rockwood
  4. My longtime friend I sure will miss our lunches at Thelma Weber Center. I will be thinking about all your friends and family today .I regret that I am unable to attend but my thoughts and prayers are with you all .


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