William L. Danks
October 8, 1928-September 13, 2018
began his career in funeral service in 1948 at Price Funeral Home in Lewisburg,
Kentucky. It was there that he served his apprenticeship. He graduated from the
Kentucky School of Embalming in 1950 and went on to serve his country in the
United States Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He married Ima Sue Dorris in 1952,
just before he was transferred to Keflavik, Iceland for one year of service as
a qualified Weather Observer.
separation from the Air Force, Bill went back to work briefly with Price
Funeral Home, until a position became available with Reid Funeral Home in
Earlington, Kentucky. He left there in 1956 to go to work at Richardson Funeral
Home in Russellville, Kentucky. In 1958, he worked briefly for Byrn Funeral
Home in Mayfield, Kentucky as well as Tucker Funeral Home in Central City,
Kentucky. In 1959, William went to work at Casebier Funeral Home in Beaver Dam
and continued to work there until 1966, at which time he and his wife, Ima,
purchased the business and established William L. Danks Funeral Home.
with serving the families of Ohio County, Bill had been a very active member of
the community over the years. He was a charter member of the Ohio County
Chamber of Commerce and at one point served as President. Bill was also a
charter member of the Ohio County Football Boosters, a charter member of the
Ohio County Civitan Club, served on the Ohio County Industrial Foundation and
is a 63 year member of the Beaver Dam Masonic Lodge #420 F&AM. Bill was a
dedicated member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church where he served as chairman of
the deacons for many years.
work didn’t stop here in Ohio County, he also served on many boards at the state
level through the years, including 26 years on the board of directors for the
Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky, where he served as president from
1974-1975, as well as 13 years on the Kentucky State Board of Embalmers and
Funeral Directors where he served as Vice Chairman and was Past President of
the Southern District of the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky. Bill
also served on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Funeral Directors Burial
Association. He treasured the friendships and memories that he made while
serving with his fellow funeral directors from across the state of Kentucky.
dedicated his life to serving others and their families during their most
difficult time of need, up until his recent retirement. He has been a familiar
face around the community for many years, and been an inspiration to those he
has met along the way, with his classic phrase “I’m too blessed to be
Bill and his wife Ima have three children, eight grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.