William “Bill” Reid Tweedie, Jr., age 87, passed away peacefully at home on August 4, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife, Kathy Carter, and their daughters. A private family memorial prayer service was held Saturday, August 22 in Jefferson City, MO, at Freeman Chapel followed by a graveside service at Riverview Cemetery. Bill was born July 30, 1933 to William Reid Tweedie, Sr., and Adelaide Schott Tweedie. He is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Sue Williams Tweedie; and son, William Reid Tweedie, III.
Throughout his teenage years and into his early twenties, Bill grew up working in the family business, Tweedie Footwear Corporation. It was there he learned how hard work, grit, integrity and determination would serve him well throughout his life. He earned a business degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and was active in ROTC and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Following graduation, he served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany. Upon returning from service, he resumed working at the family shoe factory until its closure. His diverse business career included retail shoe store ownership, insurance executive and real estate development.
Bill followed his family’s example of giving back to the medical community with his involvement on several boards including Memorial Community Hospital, the Mid-Missouri Medical Foundation, and Hospice of Jefferson City and Mid-Missouri. Additionally, he served on the boards of the Jefferson City Parks, Burgers’ Smokehouse and United Missouri Bank of Jefferson City. As a talented saxophone player, he spent several years playing with the Kapital Kicks, a philanthropic group of volunteer musicians who donate money earned to local band booster clubs to promote music in schools. His childhood love of the water led him and his wife to build a home at the Lake of the Ozarks where he spent his retirement years boating, fishing and entertaining family and friends. Out of their passion and commitment to community, they helped secure a strong food bank presence at the Lake.
His kindness, bright eyes, big smile and ever positive outlook on life will be greatly missed by all who loved him. He is survived by Kathy, his wife of 35 years, and his blended family: daughters Susan Tweedie Leslie (Chris), Elizabeth “Boo” Tweedie Smith (Steve), Ashly Carter Hanson (Mike); grandchildren Jeff Leslie (Tara), Sallie Leslie House (Tyrus), Briana Smith Raccagni (Cristiano), Chentil Smith Fernandez (Castor), Patrick Smith (Natalie), Peter Smith, David Smith, Matt Hanson, Blake Hanson and 9 great grandchildren. In addition, survivors include sisters Charlaine Tweedie Barker, Marilyn Tweedie Shutz and many nieces and nephews. If you wish to make a memorial contribution, please consider The Food Bank of Central & Northeast Missouri, Attn: Jami Wade, 2101 Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO 65202.
Posted online on August 24, 2020