William “Bill” Sumaza, 90, of Sarcoxie, Mo., passed away Friday, May 24, 2013 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon, Mo., after a long battle with Parkinson’s.
Bill was born July 10, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Thomas and Julia Sumaza-Soto. He served in the United States Army, Company B, 169th Engineer Combat Battalion during WWII and participated in the following campaigns, North- Apennines, Po Valley, Rome –Arno, Southern France and Tunisia. He was discharged on Aug. 30, 1945. Bill received the following decorations and citations, American Defense Service medal, European- Africian-Middle Eastern Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He later joined the New York City Transit Authority as a bus driver in 1946 and retired in 1970 with 23 years of service. Bill moved to Sarcoxie, Missouri in 1970 where he owned a gas station and served the City of Sarcoxie in various positions including, Civil Defense Director, EMT and Firefighter and as a City Alderman. He worked for the Sarcoxie Garage and the local Sarcoxie NAPA store. On April 4, 1977 he joined the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department working in the jail. He later moved into prisoner transportation and then became a bailiff for Jasper County Courts Division II before retiring on Dec. 31, 1999 after 22 years of service. Bill was united in marriage to Gladys Letsinger on Oct. 25, 1964. She passed Aug. 4, 2012.
He is survived by one son; Michael and wife Sandra Sumaza of Harrah, Oklahoma, two daughters; Susan Vaughn-Richards and husband Michael of Sarcoxie, Missouri and Erica Poulson and husband Jon of Willard, Mo., and eight grandchildren.
Funeral service for Mr. Sumaza are 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sarcoxie, Missouri. Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sarcoxie, Missouri. Visitation will be Monday, May 27, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at Housh-Goodwin Funeral Home in Sarcoxie, Mo. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website www.housh-goodwinfuneralhome.com. Arrangemetns are under the personal care and direction of Housh-Goodwin Funeral Home in Sarcoxie, Mo.