William "Billy" Joseph Ficken, 55, of Sedalia passed away Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri.  He was born on April 29, 1960 in Sedalia, Missouri the son of William H. and Thelma M. (Gordy) Ficken, who survive in Sedalia.

On July 11, 1987, in Sedalia he was united in marriage to Shayla L. Heiland, who survives of the home.

Billy attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church. He worked for the Agriculture Department at the Missouri State Fair Grounds for 25 years retiring in October 2015. He was a 1978 graduate of Smithton High School. He enjoyed fishing, farming, bird hunting, and spending time with family and friends. Billy was a member of the Central Missouri Ag Club and the Pettis County Cattleman's Association. He and his father worked together in farming operation known as Ficken Farms. Billy lived all of his life in the Smithton and Sedalia areas. He was loved by his friends and family members and will be missed dearly. He had a great influence on many people and was an inspiration to all.

Besides his wife, Shayla and his parents, he is survived by a daughter, Kyleigh Ficken, of Sedalia and a son, Lucas Ficken, of Sedalia; a brother, Mark Ficken (Connie) of Blue Springs, MO and their families; a sister, Debbie Brown (Chris) of Sedalia and their families. He was dearly loved by numerous friends and family.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 15, 2016 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church with Pastor Jeremy Freeman, officiating.

Family visitation will be held from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sunday at Rea Funeral Chapel, Sedalia.

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery, Sedalia.

Pallbearers will be Danny Young, Kevin Gregory, Billy Porter, William Hardin, Dennis Brown and Pete Shirky.


In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Central Missouri Ag Club in care of Rea Funeral Chapel.