William Rae Fly, or Bill as he was known to family and friends, passed away at 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at age 93, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. A lifelong Aurora, Missouri, resident, he was born December 31, 1926, the son of Loyd Olda and Lois
Lovina (Denny) Fly.
Bill was a 1944 graduate of Aurora High School and served in the 71 st Signal Service Battalion of the United States Army during WWII. He was a serviceman for the Aurora Coca Cola Bottling Company for 45 years and an active member of the Aurora United Methodist Church.
On September 22, 1948, he married Dorothy Lee Murphy in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. They celebrated 70 years of marriage before her passing on April 2, 2019.
Bill is survived by his two daughters, Kristie Gallion and her husband, Jim, of Springfield, Missouri and Jan Terveen and her husband, Lester, of Aurora, Missouri; one son, Mark Fly and his wife, Pam, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Adele O’Dell, Matt Gallion,
Katie Fly, Jeremy Fly, and Chelsea Zwikelmaier.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Loyd and Lois, sister, Lovina Fly and brother, Robert
A graveside service under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora will be
held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at the Maple Park Cemetery in Aurora.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made payable to Seasons Hospice of Springfield,
Missouri, in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences maybe shared at www.CraftonCantrellFuneralHome.com.