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William Ferguson

September 13, 1939 — April 23, 2023

William Steve "Bill" Ferguson, age 83, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2023, at his home in Independence, Kansas, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on September 13, 1939, in Drumright, Oklahoma, to Reid and Sarah Ferguson. Bill was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Doris, and their two children, Teresa Jabben and Greg Ferguson. He will also be deeply missed by his grandchildren, Josh, Jenny, Shane, Trevor, and Jeff, as well as his great-grandchildren McKaylee, Emma, Gracelynn, Eli, Hunter, Alana, Wrenlee, and incoming Baby Burke.

Bill was a member of First Methodist Church. His faith was an important part of his life, and he found solace and strength in his relationship with God.

Bill graduated from Central State University with a bachelor's degree. He taught and coached at both junior high and high school levels, and was known by many as "Mr. Ferguson." He was highly respected for his knowledge, dedication, and kindness towards his students.

Bill had many passions in life. He was a devoted fan of the University of Oklahoma football team and never missed a game. He loved his wife, Doris, with all his heart and enjoyed spending time with her and their many grandchildren. He was a beloved teacher and colleague, always willing to lend a helping hand or share his vast knowledge with others, along with one of his many jokes, of course.

One of Bill's legacies was his love for tennis. He taught himself how to play and later became a skilled teacher, passing down his knowledge and passion for the sport to his family. His children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren all shared his love for tennis and continue to play in his memory. In honor of Bill's legacy in tennis, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Independence Tennis Association to support the community's love for the sport. Tennis donations can be sent to 500 East Maple Street, Independence, KS 67301 or left with Potts Chapel.

Bill will be remembered for his many contributions to his community as a teacher, church member, and sports enthusiast. Rest in peace, Bill. Your memory will live on in the hearts of those who loved you and those who were fortunate to be taught by you.

The family will hold a private memorial at a later date to celebrate Bill. To leave condolences for the family you may visit

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