Billy Ray Weissend Sr.

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Billy Ray Weissend Sr. (78) passed away on October 19th, 2021, in Olathe, KS. His battle with injuries sustained from a recent fall showed how strong a man he really was. Even though Billy is no longer with us, he leaves behind a legacy of faith, love, hard work, discipline, and family.

Billy loved all things involving hunting, fishing, football, and most of all, his family. Nothing made him happier than playing with his grandkids, or great-grandkids, at a massive family get-together at Grandpa Joe’s house.

Professionally, Billy was a 1st Class Operating Engineer and started the job as Veterans of Foreign Wars Facilities Manager in Washington DC, until he was promoted to Director of VFW Properties in Kansas City, MO.  He then relocated his family to Kansas. He was with the VFW for 29 years, and was the last Vietnam Veteran to serve as a Director at the VFW!  

He was preceded in death by his father Joseph Earl Weissend, mother Sarah Nancy Tucker Weissend, and his brother, Earl Weissend. 

Billy is survived by…his loving wife of 32 years, Toni Chasteen Weissend; 5 children, Nancy Weissend, Brandy Weissend, Jenny (Kevin) Doss, Chad Weissend, Billy (Katie Rose) Weissend Jr.; 7 brothers, Jerry (Paula) Weissend, Robert Weissend, Wayne (Margaret) Weissend, Sidney (Sandy) Weissend, Ricky (Betty) Weissend, Tommy (Belinda) Weissend, Michael (Dorothy) Weissend; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Billy’s ashes will be spread at the family farm in one of the ponds he grew up swimming and fishing in.


Billy’s Celebration of Life service will be held on November 20th at 2 pm at Temple Baptist Church, 30 Co Rd. 1184, Cullman, AL 35057. 

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, donations, if so desired, may be made to The Olathe Hospice House or College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe, KS. Contact information is below.

The Olathe Hospice House: (913) 324-8588

College Church of the Nazarene: (913) 764-4575


  1. Dan Vaughan on November 10, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Mr. Weissend I cherish the memories with you & your family at L.H.B.C God Bless you & your family!

  2. Regina branhsm on November 9, 2021 at 6:36 am

    Our prayers are with you. We know where you got your love for family and the outdoors from. He sounds like a wonderful man.
    Love you. Regina & Steve Branham

  3. Richardstelzer on November 8, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    RIP sir you were a great man you always had time for us kids in bowie nothing but great memories rest easy sir and thank you for your service to our country

  4. Elizabeth Hill Jones on November 8, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    My sister’s and I “ran around ” with Billy and Eddie England when we were teens. Haven’t seen him in many years but reconnected with him this past year. So glad I was I was able to talk with him after so many years .

    • TONI WEISSEND on March 4, 2022 at 9:47 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, This is Billy’s wife Toni Weissend. Have we met? Thought I’d reach out to you since you were a friend of Billy’s in his youth. I’m thinking about writing a book of memories about Billy. I’d love to talk with you about his youth if that’s something you’d be interested in doing? I’m on Facebook and FB messenger if you’d like to contact me.
      Thank you, Toni

  5. Joan Riddle on November 8, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    I wish I could have known Billy. He sounds like the perfect man for Toni. I’m so glad that all of the Weissends have your loving family around you. My heart felt love and prayers for your lost.

  6. Sandy Alberg Gustafson on November 8, 2021 at 11:03 am

    So very sorry to hear of Billy’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to Toni and all of Billy’s family. Billy was a gentle soul. I will always remember the love he gave to ‘Bubba,’ Steve’s dog who visited often! If we could not find him we knew where he might be visiting! Billy spoiled him.

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