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William Carol Perfater

William “Bill” Carol Perfater, 79, of Moberly, Missouri, passed away on November 26, 2020, at University Hospital, Columbia, Missouri. Bill was born November 30, 1940, to Joseph Benton and Orpha Mae (Bailey) Perfater in Fayette, Missouri. He was an avid train collector and enjoyed showing his train station creations to visitors. In his free time, he enjoyed completing puzzles, going to the theater for movies and a large bucket of popcorn, spending time at Rothwell Park or getting a slice of pie at the Brick. He was an active member of the Special Olympics for many years, participating in bowling and track and field events, and cheering on his many friends in activities. He was a member of Family Life Fellowship Church and looked forward to services each week. Bill was known as a hard worker at the Sheltered Workshop in both Macon and Moberly until his retirement. After retirement Bill was always quick and eager to help with any projects around his home. Among all things, Bill loved people. His family was incredibly important to him and he enjoyed going through family photos and looked forward to spending the holidays with them each year. Bill knew no stranger, and to those who knew him, he was an example of humility and unconditional love. He will be sorely missed by his family and caregivers and look forward to the day we meet again. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers: Alfred Lee and Thomas Benton Perfater. Survivors include his sister, Alma Mae Taylor of Liberty, Missouri; nieces: Carolyn Joan (Tom) Kenney of Liberty, Missouri, and Karen (Jerry) Stanley of Kansas City, Missouri; great-nieces and nephews: Chris (Lacie) Kenney and their four children, Jennifer (Curtis) Bundy and their two children, Jessica (Brian) Vogt, Sarah (Matt) Wehr and their two children, Jacob (Jade) Stanley, and Jason (Kirsten) Stanley; as well as other family, friends and caregivers. A graveside service will take place on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at the Memorial Park Cemetery, Moberly, Missouri, under the direction of Million Taylor Funeral Homes. Memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics in Bill’s honor. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of William Carol Perfater please visit our Sympathy Store.

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Not his usual taste in music, but after watching the movie “Drumline” Bill decided he wanted to learn to play the drums. Here’s a portion of his first lesson with Brent.

Nicki Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM

A few pictures from the prom hosted by Blue Ridge Christian Church in 2018. All RJD friends danced, sang and had a great meal. Such a fun night.

Nicki Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM

The infamous dinner train ride. We ate way too much and Bill made immediate friends with the waitresses. He had a way of drawing people to him so by the time was over he’d also met the chefs and conductor who showed him around the train.

Nicki Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM

Your family at RJD purchased the White Standing Spray for the family of William Carol Perfater.

Your family at RJD Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM

We will miss you Buddy! We enjoyed participating in Special Olympics with you. You never missed a pretty girl. :heart: Carin and Sandy Kirtley

Sandy Kirtley Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM

Bill's passion in life was trains and making everyone he met a friend. He knew everything there was about trains, how they worked, moved and sounded. Bill loved to spend time with anyone he met. They were immediate friends. His fondest people in Bill's life are his immediate family, and his RJD family especially Nicki (Brent) Messimer, Terry (Jessica) Emmert, Ross (Stephanie) Walden, Tara Ulrick (House Manager) and his favorite DSP, Abbie Parton. Bill would often call all of these people "Buddy", ask to talk to them via phone or go out to lunch at his favorite place....Pizza Hut! Bill loved spending time with Abbie no matter what they were doing....coloring, puzzles, or decorating his cane for the holidays. It was like Bill's mission in life to put a smile on everyone's face. When Ross, Terry or Brent would come over to do maintenance, Bill was right there to help his buddies. He would hold screws, tools, and provide supervision to make sure they stayed on task. Last year Bill received a tool belt for Christmas. Bill happily put on his belt everyday wanting his buddies to fix something....anything! He also loved Special Olympics. Bowling was his favorite thing to do and received many metals. During the holidays, Bill would ask to drive through town looking at Christmas lights and through Rothwell Park. During the warmer seasons, Bill would often ask to spend time at Rothwell Lake watching the geese with his housemates or going fishing. Even though not permitted, Bill would toss the geese a snack or two :) Bill would often laugh about his cat having kittens under his bed or couch. He would put his hand on his head, laugh, and shake his head in disbelief. Terry and I would often bring our dogs for Bill to love on, even though he got the majority of all the love. Our favorite memory was getting permission to take Bill to the gun range. The look on his face was priceless and loved watching the targets. Beyond words could say, Bill was very loved! He is and will be forever truly missed!

Terry and Jessica Emmert Nov 29 2020 12:00 AM

I worked with Bill as a caretaker in 2018. He was so so sweet and every morning i would listen for the shuffling of his feet as he walked down the hall and into the kitchen. He was always so cheerful and never met a stranger. He always wanted to watch Gunsmoke every day and everytime he got a new model train he would always show me with such excitement when i got to work. Bill, I've missed you ever since i moved and I will continue to miss you. Heaven gained an amazing angel thursday and i hope heaven is filled with trains for you to conduct. :heart:

Karissa Friend Nov 29 2020 12:00 AM

Oh Mr Bill I miss you so much. I remember the time we were on our way from picking you up at Sister Alma's in the snow storm about 4 yrs ago and as we got back on the highway this car passed us and slid right in front of us and you said oh boy and swish sound while moving your hand showing what the car did. That was a very interesting trip and one I am sure you will never forget. You are at peace no longer in pain or suffering. Love you and can't wait to see you again. Ride all those trains in Heaven and just save us a spot on your train Mr Bill.

Becky Kitchen Nov 29 2020 12:00 AM