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Billie C. Funke

Billie Carl Funke, age 66, of Rolla, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2022 at his residence. 

 

Billie was born on July 7, 1955, in Rolla, a son to the late Billie Jean and Louise (Glenn) Funke.

 

He was a 1975 graduate of Rolla High School. Billie had been employed with the John Brown Construction for many years as well as the Wal-Mart distribution center in St. James.

 

Billie’s hobbies included fishing and hunting. He was a dead eye with a bow or a rifle and he enjoyed watching westerns and kung fu theater. Billie loved being outdoors and telling stories and possibly stretched a few. He was easy going but had a stubborn side and his mother gave him the nickname “Bull” and it stuck through the years. Billie enjoyed life to the fullest and will be missed greatly by his family and friends.

 

Billie is survived by: two brothers, Kevin Funke and his wife Hope of Rolla and Ron Funke of Rolla; one sister, Janet Christian of Terre Haute, Indiana; several nieces and nephews; and his miniature dachshund, Fred as well as other extended family members and friends.   

 

In addition to his parents, Billie was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth Funke and two nephews, Jayden Christian and Clayton Funke.

 

Private services will be held at a later date.


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Guestbook

To the family of Carl Funke, you have my deepest condolences... I have alot of great memories thru out the forty years of knowing Carl... Now it is time to fly with the Angles........

Roger Stroup Apr 15 2022 9:03 AM

Please accept our prayers and condolences for your family in your time of sorrow. The Keller Family.

Curt & Kathi Keller & Family Apr 13 2022 7:48 AM

I remember riding the bicycle as fast as we could down the gravel roads and skinning the cat which is climbing small trees and bending them over.l '…think it was Kenny riding the bike and Carl sitting on the handle bar when they hit the loose gravel they went sprawling. Aunt Lou got a little mad about that one. We all used to hunt and fish together. Carl even tried to work for Ralph. That didn't last long. Thanksgiving we would go duck hunting at the old clay pit or quail hunting. We hunted and fished to put food on our tables back then. In his day Carl was the best trout fisherman there was. RIP Carl.

Red Apr 12 2022 8:47 AM

My growing up story wouldn't be complete without the Funke kids.

Joel Shults Apr 11 2022 9:36 PM

I can't count the number of summers me and Vcarl walked to Beacer creek to our favorite swimming hole. We always had a blast and sometimes would take the dogs with us. One summer coming back the dogs caught and killed a ground hog. We took it to Grandma Glenn's and she cleaned it and cooked it.

Tim Bailey Apr 11 2022 3:16 PM

Carl my dear cousin, you were always such a big part of our lives, especially Doug’s and Ashley’s when she was little, you were there for mom too when she needed you or you might have needed her for a ride!
I am sorry I haven’t been around and living far away that I didn’t get to visit with!
RIP and know you are loved and will be missed!

Lisa Buchanan (Glenn) Apr 11 2022 11:44 AM

Losing my best friend my sidekick my brother is the hardest part of life. Over the past few years you taught me so many things I will always treasure. From fishing to its never to late to change . I enjoyed every moment. Every story even if I had heard it a million times. We had so many awesome days whether we were fishing shopping or just talking. You will forever be in my heart . You are so missed and loved .rest in peace

Hope Apr 11 2022 10:55 AM

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Kevin Funke Apr 11 2022 10:03 AM

I lost my brother and my trout fishing buddy. I couldn't tell you how many times we went on fishing trips over the years but it was a bunch. He couldn't walk very good the last few years and many times he would go with us and just sit in the vehicle or on the benches down at Montauk just to watch the wildlife and enjoy the river. He looked forward to going with me and my wife Hope anytime we went anywhere and asked him to go with us because he loved being outdoors and the fact that we liked to see him doing something he enjoyed so much. We were with him through his declining illness till the end and I will never forget my big brother and all the fun we had over the years. He had his demons but he also was a fun person to be around if he liked you. The picture in the obituary was taken at Montauk in 2019 with his nearly 7 pound lunker that he caught at the Rose Holland Tournament and he was as happy as he could be because he had finally caught one bigger than me that day. Rest in peace big brother.

Kevin Funke Apr 11 2022 9:52 AM