Bill was born October 2, 1924 in the La Casa Community north of Ranger to G.A. “Austin” Guess and Winnie Pearl Newnham Guess. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers,
George “Tommy” Guess, James “Bud” Guess, and sisters, Inez Guess and Mary “Sis” Guess Cloman.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Wanda Myrl Sturm Guess and two sons, Ronny Guess and wife, June of Ranger and Billy Guess of Ranger. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Jenny Guess Mabery and husband Brandon of Tolar, TX, Randi Guess Chappell and husband
Bram of Murfreesboro, TN, and Jason Guess of Ft. Worth, TX and five great-grandchildren;
Taylor and Reagan Mabery, and Bailey, Conner and Hayden Chappell.
Bill was a World War II veteran receiving the Purple Heart Medal, serving our country during the European Theater with Company L of the 11th Infantry. Returning to Ranger after the war, he entered a 45 year oil field career employed with Fryer & Hanson Drilling Co., Midland, TX; Lummus Drilling Co., Ranger, TX; Loffland Drilling Co., Farmington, NM; Verna Drilling Co., Levelland, TX. In 1970, Bill also bought and operated the family business, Guess Texaco Service Station (Guess Service Center) which is still in operation today. After retiring from the oil field in 1986, he farmed and ranched, cutting and bailing hay until the age of 81. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Ranger, TX, Mayor of the City of Ranger, fifty year Mason, member of Eastern Star and an Eastland County Water Board director. Bill enjoyed many years of square dancing, loved working in his garden and being with his family and friends. Now he’s really enjoying the good “life” with our Savior.
Services will be held Saturday, December 26, 2009 in New Hope Baptist Church #3 at 2:00 p.m. Sons, Ronny and Billy Guess will officiate. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery, La
Casa Community. Visitation will be held Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Edwards Funeral Home in Ranger.
Our Daddy’s life began here in the La Casa Community. Come help us celebrate his life as we lay him to rest at the Macedonia Cemetery