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Billy E. Rachford, 68, of Ottumwa, died at 1:15 a.m. September 20, 2017 at Ridgewood Specialty Care in Ottumwa.
He was born July 3, 1949 in Ottumwa to Paul and Urcel "Tiger" Richmond Rachford.
A 1968 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Billy had worked at Everco for 23 years.
He enjoyed working out at the YMCA, was an avid golfer and enjoyed bowling. He also made golf clubs.
Surviving is his son, Jeff (Misty) Rachford of Ottumwa; 3 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Leon Rachford and Harvey Rachford both of Ottumwa; a sister, Patricia Hanna of Batavia; nephews and nieces, Rick Rachford, Chris Rachford, Darcy Hanna-McDaniel and Julie Norris; along with several great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an uncle, Harvey D. "Bernie" Rachford; a sister-in-law, Ellen Rachford.
His body has been cremated.
Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Smith officiating. Inurnment will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Published on September 21, 2017
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