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William "Bill" Yowell '49 February 9, 2017 2:42 PM updated: February 10, 2017 10:15 AM

1615 SOUTH FORT HOOD ROAD, KILLEEN, TX 76542-1654 | 254-634-2638

William H. Yowell
March 13, 1928 - February 6, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017 | 5:30 pm
St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church
1000 E FM 2410, Harker Heights, TX 76543
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Sunday, February 12, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
St Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church
1000 E Fm 2410 Rd, Harker Heights, TX 76548
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Funeral Service
Monday, February 13, 2017 | 10:00 am
St Joseph's Catholic Church
2903 E Rancier Ave, Killeen, TX 76543 | (265) 634-7878
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William H. (Bill) Yowell drove into Killeen in late May, 1951. All the assets he had were his experience in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M, his stint in the U.S. Army, a law degree from Baylor University, a new wife, a new car with a $2,000 note and a lot of enthusiasm.
Since then, he has usually been involved in every community effort to make something good and positive happen in Killeen
and Central Texas.
Bill was born March 13, 1928 in Waco, Texas, and raised in the rural community of Elk, Texas, just east of Bellmead. He
attended a two room schoolhouse in Elk until high school. Bill graduated from LaVega High School in Bellmead in 1945.
Yowell attended two of Texas' flagship institutions- in this case, Texas A&M University (1945/46) and Baylor University. Bill left Texas A&M for military service and served in the U.S. Army from 1946-48. He then returned home and graduated from Baylor University Law School with a Jurist Doctor Degree in 1951.
Bill married lifelong neighbor and classmate Jonnie Lou Smajstrla on May 6, 1951. He is survived by his wife Jonnie Lou, daughters Debbie Yowell Farley & husband Bill of Killeen and Sherrie Yowell Anderson of Austin, grandson Matthew Yowell & wife Sarah of Killeen, and great-granddaugters Addison & Aubree Yowell.
Yowell was preceeded in death by his father, Walter Harper Yowell, mother Annie Lucille Moore Yowell, brother Orville
Patrick "Pat" Yowell, and infant brother, Alton Yowell.
As a young Killeen businessman, Bill was immediately drafted into community service that included city councilman
(1956-58), Commander of VFW Post 9192, founding president of Central Texas Homebuilders Association (1961), president of
the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce (1973), and as the president of the Killeen Riding and Roping Club, he was
instrumental in building the present Killeen Rodeo Arena.
He also served as member and treasurer of the Board of Regents of the University of Central Texas. He served on the Central Texas University Task Force, the group which was instrumental in attracting a state university to the area, and served as president of the Killeen/Fort Hood Area Former Student Association of Texas A&M University.
A lifetime member of the State Bar of Texas, he served as a director and as chairman of the legislative committee of the
Lumberman's Association of Texas. While Yowell never officially practiced law, his experience in legal matters was often sought out and highly valued.
Bill was one of the Bell County civic leaders who worked to gain county approval to build the Expo Center. He served as
president of the Bell County Exposition Center board of directors (1994-2005) and the board room at the Expo Center was dedicated to Bill upon his retirement from the board in 2006. Just last week, Bill participated in the groundbreaking for the new Equestrian Facility.
He was president of the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District #1 (1975-2006) and a director of both the Central Texas Housing Finance Committee and the Bell County Housing Finance Committee.
Bill operated Gross-Yowell Lumber Co., the family building materials business, in Killeen from 1951 to 1979, at which time the business was acquired by WalkerKurth Lumber Co. of Houston, a subsidiary of Santa Fe Industries. He continued to operate the Killeen location and served as Vice-President, Texas Division, of Walker-Kurth Lumber Co. from 1979 to 1986.
Since 1986, he has been involved in banking, real estate and ranching.
Yowell's first involvement in banking was serving as a director of the First National Bank of Killeen and Citizens National Bank. He acquired the Heights State Bank in 1991 and served as chairman of the board of directors until its sale in 2003.
Bill has spent a lifetime in ranching, specifically concentrating on purebred Polled Herefords since 1968. He has raised registered Polled Hereford cattle on Yowell Ranch, south of Killeen , since 1972 . In his role as rancher, he served as president of the Texas Polled Hereford Association, a director of the National Cattleman's Association and was elected chairman of the board of the American Polled Hereford Association (1986-1990). He received the Man of the Year in Agriculture award
presented by the Texas Extension Agents Association in 1991 and the Excellence in Grazing Management award from the
Texas Section of the Society for Range Management in 1992. Although he dispersed his herd in 2006, Bill continued to be a friend to Polled Herefords and a familiar face at shows and sales.
Bill was one of the original founding families at St. Joseph Catholic Church, serving as President of the parish council for many years. He was also chairman of the Fund Raising committee in 1959 which built the present church and chairman of the Planning Committee which made major renovations to the church in 1984-88. In 2009, he was awarded the Lumen Gentium service award by the Catholic Diocese of Austin. Most recently, Bill was a major benefactor for St. Joseph's new parish activity center.
The Yowell family has made other major contributions to our community, including the conference room at the Boys Club
Trimmier Road and an exam room at the Greater Killeen Free Clinic. Bill also funded a birthing room at the Metroplex
Women's Clinic, as well as serving as honorary co-chair of the fundraising committee of that project.
He was honored with the Roy J. Smith Award in 1998, recognizing his leadership efforts, and the Exchange Club's Golden Deeds award in 2011.
Widely known as "Mr. Bill", he is noted for his sense of humor and his talent at negotiation. He practiced win-win before it was popular. His leadership abilities and advice are widely respected and solicited. A friend and encourager to everyone who knows him, Bill is someone who is just as proud of a friend's accomplishments as his own.
If success is measured by whether you left the world a little better than you found it, then Bill Yowell is most certainly a successful man who has contributed time, talent, and treasure to the success of our community.
Family would like to extend a special thanks to special care givers Cinderella McCombs & The Care Age Home Care.
1615 SOUTH FORT HOOD ROAD, KILLEEN, TX 76542-1654 | 254-634-2638

Sunday, February 12, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
St Paul's Chong Hasang Chatolic Church
1000 E Fm 2410 Rd, Harker Heights, TX 76548-6844
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Funeral Service
Monday, February 13, 2017 | 10:00 am
St Joseph's Catholic Church
2903 E Rancier Ave, Killeen, TX 76543-3522 | (265) 634-7878
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Arrangements under the direction of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Killeen, TX.
(Published in) Killeen Daily Herald (on) February 7, 2017

William Bill Yowell

Services for William Bill Yowell, 88, of Killeen, are pending with Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen.

Mr. Yowell died Feb. [6], 2017, in a Temple hospital.

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