Bill Lathrop, Sr.
Bill Ray Lathrop, Sr. passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 29, 2016 surrounded by his children and their families.
Lathrop, Sr. was born on Oct. 12, 1929, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to Russell and Ernestine Lathrop. He was the third of four children. He enjoyed the western way of life that Oklahoma presented him. He worked as a cowboy on ranches in the Ardmore area growing up. After graduating High School, he began his career in the oilfields of Oklahoma. He also enjoyed participating in rodeos as a bronc rider. In 1954, Lathrop, Sr. met and fell in love with Rita Jo Pratt. In his early thirties, he began his career in the construction equipment industry as a salesman. While living in the Dallas, Texas, area, he worked for Berry Brothers Machinery as well as Moody Day Machinery. In 1962, he took a job with Jess McNeil Machinery that moved him and his family to Corpus Christi, Texas, where he would live the rest of his life. He also spent time working with Wehring-Goss Equipment Company until he went to work with his son, Bill Lathrop, Jr. in the early 90's where he continued working up until his last few weeks here. He spent his life selling trucks and construction equipment to countless contractors all over Texas and never had a desire to retire.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife of more than 55 years, Rita Jo Lathrop. His parents, Russell and Ernestine Lathrop, his sister, Janie Joiner and his nephew Mike Lathrop.
Lathrop, Sr. will be dearly missed by his children, Becky (C.W.) Raetszch of San Antonio, Texas, Tina (Lowell) Tucker of Pleasanton, Texas, and Bill (Cathy) Lathrop, Jr of Corpus Christi. He is survived by his older brother Russell Lathrop of Oklahoma City and his younger brother Bob (Barbara) Lathrop of Allen, Texas. He also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild and many nieces, nephews and relatives.
He enjoyed visiting with his friends over coffee and he never met a stranger. He enjoyed watching football and taking a Sunday drive. He loved to work and enjoyed the thrill of making a deal. He was known as "Big Bill" to many, and he sure had big personality. Bill was most known for his quick wit and humor. He never ran out of stories and jokes and he didn't take life too seriously. Bill was as tough as they come. He loved well and he was well loved.
His funeral service was held at Calallen Baptist Church in Corpus Christi with Bill Lathrop, Jr. officiating and graveside services followed in Hugo, Oklahoma.