LIFE AFTER DEATH?
Bill Endner Proves It’s Possible
Have you ever been to Bill’s Park in Gunnison? On the northeast corner of
Georgia and 14th Streets, it’s a place where kids play, families picnic, seniors
meet to chat . . . and gardeners tend community plots. The park’s namesake,
Bill Endner, was a third generation Gunnisonite and long-time owner
of Endner’s Hardware - Lumber,
once on Main Street and then on
Bill, stand-up, loyal fellow that he was,
left his estate in a trust to support his wife
Patsy – with the understanding that when
Patsy followed him in death, the remainder
of the trust would be used to benefit the
citizens of the town he loved so much.
When Bill died in 1992, Patsy
established Bill’s Park in his memory.
While still a part of the trust, the City
of Gunnison has tended it over the years.
Patsy passed on in the Spring of 2007,
but not before she made sure that the trust would come to the Foundation for
safekeeping – and to be sure Bill’s love of his community would stay alive.
The William B. Endner Fund has been established at the Foundation and
distributions from that fund will benefit the people of Gunnison in perpetuity.
Does Bill live on in the hearts and minds of those in Gunnison? You know
it . . . and the nonprofits here will know it year after year after year. Bill probably
wouldn’t want a lot of attention – but we want you to know that Bill’s intent to
make Gunnison a better place for all – forever – will be guarded by the
Foundation with great delight as well as with detailed attention to Bill’s
wishes for the use of the fund.
We also want you to know that Bill’s Park will be deeded to the City – and it
will remain a place for the public to meet and play. May Bill’s name always
remind us of what it means to love your community.
Peggy Lue Reese, Rikki Santarelli and Hal Yale, who were Trustees for Bill’s
estate, will remain as advisors to the Fund at the Foundation.
updateGunnison County Public Library Western History Collection Phot