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William Richard "Bill" Sloan

October 11, 1939 — October 24, 2020

William Richard “Bill” Sloan, 81, of Joplin, Missouri, formerly of Pleasant Hill, was born, October 11, 1939, in the Big Creek Township, near Pleasant Hill, the son of Patrick W. and Ruth M. (Clawson) Sloan. He departed this life, Saturday, October 24, 2020, at the Joplin Heath and Rehab Center.

Bill was a 1957 Pleasant Hill High School graduate. Following high school he proudly served in the United States Navy from 1957 to 1961.

On June 1, 1962, he was united in marriage to Delores L. Knox in Pleasant Hill; they later divorced. On February 14, 1997, he was united in marriage to Debra J. Brown in Independence.

Bill was employed at Western Electric/AT&T from 1961 to 1998, retiring as the Chief Engineer for Property Management. He was a member of V.F.W. Post #3118 - Pleasant Hill, served on the Pleasant Hill R-III school board for nine years, was a member of the Western-Electric Pioneers Club, and was a former member of the Pleasant Hill Jay-Cee’s. He enjoyed wood carving, restoring old tractors, and working with dogs and horses.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Carl Sloan and Loren Sloan.

He is survived by his wife Debra of Joplin; one son, Brian (and Phil Jacobson) of Richardson, Texas; two stepsons, Jamie Albrecht of Surprise, Arizona, and Damion (and Gloria) Bright of Phoenix, Arizona; three sisters, Joyce (and Bill) Windes, Kay (and Jay) Sanders, and Phyllis (and Richard) Hedges, all of Pleasant Hill; other relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

Graveside services will be held 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 10, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Pastor Preston Sanders will officiate. Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Navy and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Joplin Humane Society and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550
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