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William R. Romain
  • In lieu of memorials, Bill requested that friends donate a pint of blood to the American Red Cross.

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“I met Bill shortly after his arrival in McPherson when I was McPherson County Sheriff. Bill supported, anonymous of course, a drug education program...Read More »
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“Bill Romain, my best example ever of true, selfless charity. ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: Linda Hadduck - McPherson, KS

“I had the distinct honor of working with Bill and one of his projects. He was an inspiration and full of joy. Thank you Bill for the lessons you...Read More »
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“I first met Bill at Lindsborg Community Hospital when he initiated a Certified Nursing Assistant class. Bill was so unassuming yet committed to...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Beth Vallier - Ellsworth, KS


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William R. "Bill" Romain, 96, passed away Saturday, September 22, 2012, at McPherson Hospital. Bill was born July 4, 1916, in South Orange, New Jersey to Burchard and Mabel (Reid) Romain.

Poor health plagued him until a corrective surgery repaired a chronic condition at the age of 53. With his newfound health, Bill was inspired to begin running, a passion that lasted for decades. In 1986, Bill moved to McPherson, a place he described as a wholesome, friendly, and a dynamic community.

Bill founded the St. Stephen's Charitable Trust with the vision to financially help disadvantaged youth. This trust, along with the dedicated people he inspired, has positively affected the lives of hundreds by giving them the opportunity to experience activities that would not have been financially possible. Bill was dedicated to serving others, and did so as an anonymous benefactor.

Bill is survived by: two nieces, Andrea Winchell of Washington D.C. and Jane LeBrun of Chester, Maine; and nephew, John F. Romain of Sudbury, Massachusetts. He was preceded in death by his brother, Burchard Romain, Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 29, 2012, at Christ Episcopal Cathedral, 138 S. Eighth, Salina, officiated by Father Benjamin Thomas. A reception will follow. In accordance with the deceased's wishes, the body was donated to the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Inurnment will take place at a later date in South Orange, New Jersey.

In lieu of memorials, Bill requested that friends donate a pint of blood to the American Red Cross.

Stockham Family Funeral home is in charge of services.