He was born in Missouri Valley, Iowa on July 12, 1928 to Charles Edward Moriarity and Chloe Hazel (Hatcher) Moriarity. He was raised and attended school in Missouri Valley, Iowa. The day after high school graduation, he enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy from 1946-48. He graduated from Creighton University with a BS in Marketing in 1952. He was employed in merchandising 1952-1954 in Nebraska, Colorado and then in Colby, Kansas from 1954-59. In 1959, Bill helped organize the Colby Medical Clinic where he was administrator for 23 years. This experience led him to HMO Health Care Plus as an Account Executive from 1983-1985 in Salina, KS and Oklahoma City, OK. In 1985, he returned to Hays, Kansas as Public Relations Outreach Liaison of Northwest Kansas for St. Anthony Hospital in Hays, Kansas until his retirement in 1992.
In 1956, he met Ruth May Grace in Colby, Kansas. They were married Nov 3, 1956.
Bill is survived by his wife Ruth; daughter Mary Eileen Moriarity Madrid and husband Anthony (Tony) Madrid, of Loveland, Colorado; grand-daughter Amalia (Molly) Madrid, of Wichita, Kansas, and many loved nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his beloved sons, Patrick Joseph and William Joseph; his parents; two brothers, Maurice and Ed (Charles) and two sisters, Catherine Sigler and Margaret Hassett.
Bill valued his memberships in the Knights of Columbus (past Grand Knight), Lions International Club, (local, district, and state offices), and the American Legion. While living in Colby he served as Scoutmaster in the Coronado Boy Scouts of America for years. He then organized an Explorer Scout Troop at his daughter’s request.
Bill was always an active member of the Catholic Church. At Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays, KS he served for many years as sacristan, server, and Eucharistic minister.
Also in Hays his volunteer service included eight years in the Area Agency of Aging SCHICK Program, AARP Tax Aide 18 years, Hays Senior Citizens Center board member 3 years, Ellis County Council on Aging for 13 years (Chairman 5 years), and on the Kansas State Advisory Board on Aging for 8 years. He enjoyed being a Docent and Attendant at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History.
Bill spent retirement with family and friends. He enjoyed Church, travel, golf, and other volunteer and leisure activities. In 2015, he and his wife Ruth relocated from Hays, Kansas to Loveland, Colorado to be closer to their daughter Mary and Tony Madrid. Bill’s greatest joy in life has always been his family and his Catholic faith.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Colby, KS. There will be a rosary at 9:30 followed by the Funeral Mass at 10:00. Burial with military honors will occur following the Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.
Bill will always be remembered for his faith, devotion to family, loyalty, and service to his community. He was a gentle, humble, kind, caring man who always did “his very best”. He will be remembered.