Billy Joe Ghan, 94 of Springfield, passed away Sunday, January 15, at The Manor where he lived following a long and valiant battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Bill served in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954, including 17 months in Korea. On March 5, 1955, he was united in marriage to Maxine Smith in Clever, Missouri. Bill started his career in 1950 as a coach and teacher in Sparta, Missouri. In 1954 he coached at Greenfield, Missouri. In 1955 he coached and taught history in Carthage, Missouri. In 1956 through 1961 he was principal at Greenfield High School. From 1961 through 1965 he was superintendent of schools in Golden City, Missouri. From 1965 through 1986 he was director and coordinator of adult education for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He retired from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 1986.
Bill is survived by his wife of 67 years, Maxine, also of The Manor; his son Brent and his wife, Cheri, of Columbia, Missouri; and his daughter, Lisa Blumenstock, and her husband, Dan, of Republic, Missouri. He also is survived by his grandson Chris Ghan, of Denver, Colorado; and two step grandchildren, Ryan Blumenstock and his wife, Rikki, of Nixa, Missouri; and Lauren Gum and her husband, Steven, and their three children, Amelia, Alivia, and Addilyn of Mountain Grove, Missouri. Also surviving is Mary Ann Greene, wife of his late half-brother Joe Greene.
Bill was a member of the Sunset Church of Christ in Springfield, Missouri.
Visitation for Bill will be 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 19, at Greenlawn Funeral Home East with a Celebration of Life following at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’ Group of the Ozarks, www.parkinsonsgoup.org. 1136 East St. Louis Street, Springfield 65806.