Iconic leader of city, Bill Dane, passes away

One of Kearney Mayor Bill Dane's most recent public appearances was when he spoke of the success his city has had with the Missouri Department of Transportation providing $10 million to help fund an Interstate 35 interchange at 19th Street during the Clay County State of the Cities Luncheon on March 23.

KEARNEY — The city of Kearney is experiencing a great loss today, as Mayor Bill Dane, 68, passed away during the morning hours of Monday, April 9, following longstanding heath issues that had him admitted last week to St. Luke's Hospital on the Plaza.

Dane, who has consecutively been mayor of Kearney since 2001, had long been one of the outspoken and lively champions for the city, propelling Kearney from a bedroom community of Kansas City to an attractive and welcoming city in its own right.

One of his most recent accomplishments was passage of what will become one of the most defining developments in the city's history, the passage of the funding via sales taxes for the construction of a second Interstate 35 interchange. Dane was instrumental in the conceptualization, seeking Missouri Department of Transportation funding assistance and voter education on the issue, which passed overwhelmingly on Tuesday, April 3.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at First United Methodist Church of Kearney, 1000 E. Missouri Highway 92. A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Arthritis Foundation are suggested.

Additional information on Dane and what he's meant to the city will be published in the April 12 and 19 editions of the Courier-Tribune.

Northwest Editor Amanda Lubinski can be reached at amanda.lubinski@mycouriertribune.com or 903-6001.

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