Billy “Jack” Lindley

Billy “Jack” Lindley

Billy “Jack” Lindley, age 90, a resident of Chillicothe, MO, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at The Baptist Home in Chillicothe.

Jack was born, the son of Frank Lee and Alpha Faye (Pyle) Lindley, on May 30, 1927, in Stockton. He was a 1945 graduate of Stockton High School. He served in the US Navy during World War II, as a cook. On April 22, 1949, he married Dorothy Lou Kohler in Harrisonville. She survives of the home. 

He graduated from St. Louis College of Mortuary Science, and received his Missouri Funeral Director and Embalmers license in 1951. Jack worked for the Runninberger Funeral Home in Harrisonville from 1949 to 1951; and later the Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit in 1951 through 1955. While living in Nevada, MO from 1955 through 1959, he worked at the Ferry Funeral Home. On June 1, 1959, Mrs. Earl Keeney sold her funeral business in Chillicothe to Jack and Dorothy, where they made their home in the upstairs apartment of the funeral home for 17 years. In expanding the funeral business, Jack and Dorothy acquired Robertson Funeral Homes at Laredo and Chula in 1965 and the Austin Funeral Homes at Hale and Tina in  1968. Jack also served his community as the Livingston County Sheriff Deputy from 1961 to 1974, and as the Chillicothe Police Court Judge during the mid-1960s. 

Jack was a member of the First Christian Church in Chillicothe since 1959. He was also a member of the Livingston County Men’s Democratic Club, Pendleton Fund Board Member, and Chillicothe Lions Club for over 50 years, past member of the Chillicothe Elks Lodge #656, Chillicothe Country Club Member, where he served as president and a member of the board, Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce member and past president, the Chillicothe Masonic Friendship Lodge #89 AF & AM for over 50 years, the Chillicothe Shrine Club, MOILA Shrine Club of St. Joseph, and the Vern R. Glick American Legion Post #25. 

Jack was an avid golfer and spent his life and career in service to the families and communities of north Missouri.

Jack is survived by his wife, Dorothy; one daughter, Rebecca Ransdell of Trenton; three sons, J. Scott Lindley (Deborah) and Bruce Lindley (Susan), both of Chillicothe, and Timothy Lindley (Toni) of Kansas City; ten grandchildren, Michael Ransdell (Melissa) of Kansas City, Christopher Lindley of Dallas, TX, Candace Lindley of Prairie Village, KS, Carter Lindley of Dallas, TX, Connor Lindley of Kansas City, Mathew Lindley (Jennifer) of Kansas City, Jonathan Lindley of St. Louis, Kate Reeve (Sam) of Lafayette, IN, and Taylor Lindley and Trent Lindley, both of Kansas City. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Jeff, Buck, and Jim Lindley; three sisters, Gemma, Trula, and Mary; one infant sister, and one infant brother.  

Funeral services will be held at the Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. A scheduled visitation will be held at the Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, Oct. 27, from 12 noon until 8:00 p.m. Burial will be held at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, in Chillicothe. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe.

(paid obituary)

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