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William Thomas Churchman was born Saturday, September 5, 2015, at 2:15 p.m. at Community Medical Center in Missoula, Mont. He visited us for only a moment before passing on, but for that moment we are forever grateful. William weighed 4 pounds 3.5 ounces and was 16 inches long. He was held, snuggled, kissed and loved upon by his mother and father, Laura and Matthew Churchman, his big sister, Ella Bea, his grandmothers, Nancy Churchman, Olathe, Kan., and Paula McNeill, Valdosta, Ga., his auntie, Ann Quirk, Missoula, and dear friend, John Herzer, Missoula. William is also survived by his grandfathers, William "Bill" Churchman III, Olathe, and Thomas "Tom" Quirk, Columbia, Mo., his grandmother, Catherine Parke Columbia, his aunts and uncles, Becky and Brian Seidler, Olathe, Alex and Lindsey Churchman, Overland Park, Kan., uncle, James Quirk, Warrensburg, Mo., great grandmothers, Bea Churchman, Olathe, Gladys Rand, Paola, Kan., and Arlevia Snyder, Florence, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his great grandfathers, William Churchman II, Floyd Rand, Richard McNeill and Ed Quirk, and great grandmother, Virginia Carter Quirk. William's life was celebrated with family and friends Wednesday, Sept. 9, on the banks of the Clark Fork River with osprey and heron gracing the sky, a precursor for the vibrant sunset that closed the evening like a swelling encore, a composition of love that William inspired. That love will continue on for our family and the many people that William's life touched. His footprints remain for us as a physical reminder of William's presence here - tiny feet that never had the chance to jump in puddles, chase wily pheasant through the tall grass, cross a trout stream, kick a soccer ball, climb a tree. . . or a mountain. In William's memory, take a moment and make your presence felt on this wild and all-too- quickly spinning planet.

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