Lifelong Wichita Falls community leader has died

Lifelong Wichita Falls community leader has died
William Thacker, 94, who served the Wichita Falls community in a variety of ways for several decades has died.

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - A Wichita Falls man that was instrumental in the community has died.

William Thacker, 94, passed away on Thursday.

He was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.

Bill, as he was commonly known, was a lifelong Boy Scout and was honored this summer Chief Scouter of Council Award and the 50 Year Veterans Award.

The main road into Camp Perkins Scout Reservation will also be renamed Thacker Way in acknowledgment for his lifelong contributions to scouting.

Thacker said in July his fondest memory was when he took the train to Washington, DC, to the Boy Scouts of America 1937 National Jamboree.

He enrolled at the University of Texas which allowed him to become a reservist and defer his deployment for World War II.

However, as the country needed him, Bill was shipped off to Europe as an Army Air Corps gunner on a B-17.

He flew 30 missions before being honorably discharged. After the war, he went back to finish his college education.

Thacker received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a law degree, as well. He came back to Wichita Falls to be an Assistant District Attorney.

But he soon took a job that would change his career path.

He worked as an Attorney and Landman for Fain and McGaha Oil and Gas and became a partner. Eventually, Bill went on to form his own firm.

He was also active in his community even serving as a Wichita Falls city councilman and as a member of the Midwestern State University Board of Regents.

He then went on to form the Hands to Hands Community Fund in 2009 to secure revenue for 8 agencies, including the Boy Scouts.

We are working to learn of funeral arrangements and will update this story when we know more.

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