By The Mercury

Warren “Bill” Simnitt, 92, of Leonardville, died Friday at the Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan.

He was born on March 28, 1921, at Ober. He was the son of William Lee and Jeanetta Belle (Allen) Simnitt.

On June 22, 1945, he was married to Mae C. Haller.  She preceded him in death on Jan. 23, 1991.

Bill was a farmer and also hauled hay to various places. He enjoyed playing cards and gardening. He and his wife loved to dance and even organized dances in Riley. He was an exceptional baseball player and played for the Topeka Owls, a Triple-A semipro team.  He also coached women’s softball for a number of years.

He is survived by one son, Gary Simnitt of Leonardville; five daughters, Linda Webber and husband John of Riley, Rhonda Wege and husband Tim of Leonardville, Sandy Johnson and husband Chuck of Manhattan, Tammi Heitman and husband Don of Palmer, and Sheila Jennings and husband Kerry of Riley; 14 grandchildren, Chris Ricker, Wade Simnitt, Chad Clark, Troy Clark, Billy Clark, Dustin Webber, Misty Wege, Brook Wege, Megan Pask, Amanda Weissert, Tanner Johnson, Chelcie Heitman, Trevor Heitman and Kyle Jennings; 11 great-grandchildren; his special friend of over 20 years, Betty Portuese of Manhattan; two brother-in-laws, Lyle Haller and Wayne Haller and wife Norma; one sister in law, Dorothy Llewelyn and husband Wesley; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by seven siblings, Clyde Simnitt, Myrtle Specht, Wilma Klocke, Don Simnitt, Alberta Spillman, Erna Simnitt and Pearl Gnagy; and one great-grandson, Kaleb Webber.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley, with the Rev. Kevin Larson officiating. Respect calls may be made anytime Tuesday at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.  Burial will be in the Randolph Fancy Creek Cemetery north of Randolph.

A memorial has been established for the Leonardville Nursing Home.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley.

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