William Nason "Bill" Wingate
William Nason "Bill" Wingate, age 72, resident of Bronson, Kan., died early Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at Medicalodge of Fort Scott. He was born on Dec. 7, 1943, in Tonganoxie, Kan., the son of George and Mary Hubbard Wingate. He graduated from Parker High School in 1962. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving four years from 1964 through 1967. Bill's entire life was devoted to horses, working as a farrier. He won numerous barrel racing awards through the years including the 1996 AQHA Best American Horse Award with "Cajo." He was a member of the NBHA KS02, AQHA, the APHA, and the Uniontown Saddle Club. Bill wished to thank all the customers with whom he worked over the years.
Survivors include a brother, George Wingate and wife Carol, Fontana, Kan.; a sister, Francis Hall, Redfield, Kan.; several nieces and nephews; and many lifelong friends and customers.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Cremation will follow. Burial will take place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the U.S. National Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 V.F.W. Memorials are suggested to the Uniontown Saddle Club and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.