Bill attended Fort Scott High School and graduated in 1949. After graduation, he entered the United States Air Force and served during the Korean War.
Following his military service, he worked as a mechanic and supervisor for the Boeing Corporation for fifteen years and worked twenty three years for the Carnation Company.
He married Doris Dobbs of Springfield, Mo., on June 2, 1956. She preceded him in death on October 10, 1998. Survivors include his four children, Debra Ann Stickler of Saint Joseph, Mo., Raymond Karleskint, and wife Linda, of Clarksdale, Mo., David Karleskint and wife Rita, of DeKalb, Mo., Donnie Karleskint, and wife Trish of Saint Joseph, Mo., eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Bill is also survived by nine sisters and one brother; Rita Godwin of North Carolina, Esther DeLange of Medicalodge Fort Scott, Betty Young and husband Kenneth of North Carolina, Marjorie Cook of Fort Scott, Joan Greenfield and husband Frank of Fort Scott, Rosalie Martin and husband Jim of Fort Scott, Alice Murray and husband David of Webster, MA, Carol Karleskint of Wichita, Kan., Patricia Hobbs and husband Mack of Wichita, Kan., and Tom Karleskint and wife Nancy of Fort Scott.
One brother, James (Jim) Karleskint of Fort Scott, and one sister, Ruth Umlauf of Wichita, preceded him in death.
Bill was one of 13 children of Fred and Caroline Reiter Karleskint, and grew up in Fort Scott. He attended Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Bill loved gardening, and was an excellent cook. Whenever he baked, he always shared his baked goods with his elderly neighbors. Bill was a very kind man who opened his home to many friends and family and gave generously to the needy.
He will be remembered by all and sadly missed.
A mass of the Christian burial was held on June 12, 2008, at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Saint Joseph, Mo. Funeral arrangements were handled by Meierhoffer Funeral Home, and internment was at Mount Olivet cemetery, Saint Joseph.