Bill Lancaster
Died: Jan 23, 2018
Bill Lancaster

Bill Lancaster, 88, of Salado, Texas passed from this life on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 following a short illness.  He was born September 23, 1929 in Lynn County, Texas and grew up on a cotton farm near Southland, Texas, south of Lubbock.  He attended school in Southland and graduated from Southland High School.

Mr. Lancaster enlisted in the United States Air Force in November 1950 and served his country for four years as a Radio Repairman, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.  His service included a one-year deployment to Korea during the Korean Conflict.

Upon his honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1954, Bill returned to Texas and married Jo Ann Reese of Brownwood, Texas in January 1955.  The couple was happily married for 63 years.

Bill had a successful and distinguished career with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and later the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.  He started with Santa Fe in 1956 in Temple, Texas and was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility over the next 34 years, with assignments in Temple, Galveston, Fort Worth and Amarillo, Texas and finally, in Chicago, Illinois.  He retired as Assistant to the President, BNSF Railway in 1990.  Bill loved working for Santa Fe and remained close to many of his railroad colleagues throughout the years following his retirement. He also served as a retiree board member for Santa Fe Hospital.

After retirement from Santa Fe, Bill and Jo Ann moved to Salado and made their home in Mill Creek for the past 27 years.  He was an avid golfer and could be frequently seen on the Mill Creek Golf Course playing a round with his friends and family members.  Bill recorded three holes-in-one during his lifetime, including the final one at age 83.  He was a lifetime member of the Mill Creek Country Club and also served for many years on the Salado Water Board. 

Survivors include his wife Jo Ann, a brother Jim of Lubbock, a son David and wife Sue of College Station, two daughters, Cathy and husband Jeff Padgett of San Antonio and Ann Lancaster and Terry Briscoe of Frisco, and four grandchildren, Emily Schuler and husband Kyle of Midland, Ellie Ferris of Houston, Caitie Westbrook of Houston and Reese Westbrook of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Bill is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Olivia and William Schuler of Midland and many loving nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

Arrangements are being handled by Broecker Funeral Home of Salado.  The family will receive visitors at Broecker Funeral Home on Thursday evening, January 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  In accordance with Bill’s wishes, a graveside service and military honors will be held on Friday afternoon, January 26 at 2:00 pm at Salado Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174-0001,   



Ron Sherman
January 27th, 2018 9:26 am
I worked for Bill in Ft. Worth and Amarillo and anyone that knew and/or worked with him knew he was very special. He was a gentleman from the word go and he "walked the talk" when it came to honesty and integrity in he dealings at work and as a family man at home. He earned respect from all that came into contact with him. RIP Bill, prayers for your family during this very sad time.
J.D. Cole
January 27th, 2018 4:28 am
Enjoyed my time working with him in Amarillo. He was one of the Greatest.
Juanita Smotherman Neumeister
January 26th, 2018 9:27 am
He was a sweetheart growing up - many wonderful memories of family reunions with Aunt Sis and Uncle Earl when I was a child and we used to get together in Southland and gather around the piano and sing after dinner with our extended families - I was the baby girl of Shorty Smotherman and Bill and of the 7 children am the last one still alive. A mutual friend I knew from AF days (my husband retired from the AF and I worked for the government for many years) forwarded me this who used to work for Santa Fe and knew we were cousins. I know he was loved by many and will be missed and has the respect of many. The whole family did. You chose the same ranch for memorials my youngest brother worked at when he was young. Prayers and Blessings.
Michael R Haverty
January 26th, 2018 7:43 am
Bill Lancaster was one of the finest people I ever worked with in my time at the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe. He was dedicated, honest, loyal and had the highest degree of integrity that one could image. A good man, a good railroad man and a good friend. May Bill Rest In Peace and May God Watch Over His Soul. Jo Ann and family are in the thoughts and prayers of Marlys and me.
Marcia Horan (formerly Marcia Adams)
January 25th, 2018 7:42 pm
So sorry for your loss. I worked for "Mr. Lancaster" when he was Secretary of the Railroad in Chicago. He was highly respected and it was an honor to work for him.
Pamela Perrewe and Jerry Ferris
January 24th, 2018 11:44 am
Peace, Prayers, and Blessings. We are so very sorry, but his memory will live on.
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