William D. Peifer, Jr.

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William D. Peifer, Jr. “Bill”, 89 formerly of St. Peters, Missouri, passed away unexpectedly June 29th, 2021. Born in Cowden, Illinois, on April 12, 1932, to Buena Elizabeth and William D. Peifer, Sr., Billy Dale was the first of 14 children. Bill loved mushroom hunting, his sweets, going to the casino, the country of Japan and his military service. He served in the Air Force and Air National Guard and was a veteran of the Korean war. He retired from both the military and McDonald Douglas where he helped to develop the Harpoon Missile and was a member of NASA’s Skylab team. He and his wife, Elizabeth, operated Happy Time Schools in O’Fallon, Missouri, for 40 years.

He is survived by his favorite daughter Allyson (Tom) Rozgowski, grandchildren Sawyer, Annika and Mason, and great-grandchildren Winry and River Rose; his bossy daughter Meighan Peifer and grandson William Logan; as well as his 7 Thompson brothers, Ed, Dean, Harvey, Jim, John, Gene, and Don and sisters Helen Prater, and Rose Bartels.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years Elizabeth, his brothers Charles Peifer and Joe Thompson and sisters Shirley Hadley and Jane Seely.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Bill’s name to the Veteran’s Community Project of Kansas City https://www.veteranscommunityproject.org/ or any other veteran program.

A celebration of life is planned for July 10 at The Cottages of Shawnee as well as a graveside memorial in Cowden for the end of July.