In Memory of




Obituary for Bill E. Hardcastle

Lovingly written by Bill's family...

Bill Hardcastle, 87, passed from this life on Thursday morning September 7, 2023 with wife, Arlene and his hospice nurse at his bed side. Bill was born April 01, 1936 in Sherman, TX., the older son of Henry B. and Helen (Myers) Hardcastle. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ed and sister-in-law, Gayle.

Bill is survived by wife, Arlene, and his children, two sons Dan (Bo) Campbell and wife Susan of Sarcoxie, MO and Tom Campbell and wife Sarah of Albuquerque NM, and two daughters, Susan L Campbell of the state of Connecticut and Kari Russell and husband Justin of Claremore OK. He is also survived by his nephew Alan Hardcastle and wife Kenda of Miami OK. Also surviving are 9 beautiful and helpful grandchildren and 23 sweet great-grandbabies.

Bill married Arlene Marrs Campbell and Dan, Tom, and Susan on December 9, 1966. Life was very busy with the three “big kids”, and then the Lord blessed Bill and Arlene with a cute baby girl in 1973. Life was hectic with 3 teenagers very active in events at Webb City High School and church, but he found time to take baby Kari to witness all the events. As Baby Kari grew and became more social, Bill sold his favorite truck so he could get a van to take those friends to church camp, band activities and school events.

The family was active in the Church of Christ at 4th and Forest. Later the church built a new facility on Mt. Hope Road in Webb City. Bill and the older kids worked on the “bus program”. Bill drove the bus and the kids were making calls to see who would need a ride the next Sunday morning. When the tornado tore up lots of homes in Joplin, the Mt. Hope Church opened their facility for workers coming into Joplin to help clean up some of the destruction. Bill was at the building every morning to run errands, haul cases of bottled water to neighbor hoods without running water, hauled ice, etc.

Bill was retired from Fleming Foods at the Joplin warehouse and spent a short time as a Security Guard at Precious Moments. His real love was antiques and auctions.

It has been a busy life and Bill has earned a rest. In the last 3 or 4 years a bad back has limited his activities. The family wishes to thank Dr. Reuben for the decision to recommend “care and comfort” via hospice. Big thanks to Gentiva Hospice and especially the care given by nurse Ellie. Thank you to the Woodard family and the Mason-Woodard Mortuary. Memorial Service will be held at a later date. May God bless you all!!!