In Memory

William Vick

William Vick

William Wendell Vick

April 23, 1922 ~ September 18, 2016



        40th Faculty Reunion

          May 2009


William “Bill” Wendell Vick, 94, of Springfield, Missouri passed away on September 18, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.  He lost his longtime battle with Alzheimer’s.  He left an unmatched legacy behind, a well-known educator in the Shawnee Mission School District.  Bill is survived by his wife Shirley and daughter, Crystal.  Cremation and interment at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri. 


The moment that you left me.

My heart was filled with memories; the other side

died with you.

I often lay awake at night when

the world is fast asleep;

and take a walk down memory

lane with tears upon my cheek.

Remembering you is easy.

I do it everyday;

but missing you is a heartache

that never goes away.

I hold you tightly within my heart

and there you will remain;

you see, life has gone on

without you, but will never be

the same.



At Crystal’s request, you may send your cards to Mrs. Shirley Vick, 1414 W Englewood, Springfield, MO. 65807.



If you knew Bill and would like to place a kind memory here, please follow the instructions on this page (click on "post comment"). 

Mac McDaniel and Jan Klein, Site Administrators



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09/22/16 04:16 PM #1    

Ronald Poplau

Bill was an associate principal at NW when it opened.  He was a tremendous help in getting the school started.  I remember him as one of the kindnest and open people I have ever known.  I benefited greatly from his example and assistance.  His daughter Crystal was also a leading influence on Northwest.  I will never forget either one of them.  Rest in peace, Bill.

09/23/16 02:10 PM #2    

Merlin Ludwig

Dear Shirley, Ctystal and family. my heart is broken with Bill passing away!  Bill became an immediate companion for me when we met at Shawnee Mission NW. Bill was a major founding father for one of the finest  high schools inAmerica. Bill was a passionate and team player in our great adventure and will forever a legend for his career in leading students to a better life and future. I will look forward to seek him again. with love, Merlin Ludwig

09/25/16 08:32 AM #3    

Janet (Jan) Butler (Klein)

Memories of all of the staff who were behind-the-scenes working so hard for our school and its new concept in the Kansas City area comes to mind with thoughts of  Bill Vick today and learning of the news of his passing.  It was so special to have had two Vicks at our school during our time at SMNW; both father and daughter contributing to the newest school on the scene and for many years after.  For all the positives we experienced as students at SMNW, thank you to a staff member who is still appreciated by the Alumni of the Class of '72.  Heartfelt condolences to all of the Vick family members. heart

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