A. William “Bill” Pabst, 67, of Columbia, formerly of Hannibal, passed away Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 in Idaho Springs, Colo.

A. William “Bill” Pabst, 67, of Columbia, formerly of Hannibal, passed away Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 in Idaho Springs, Colo.

The visitation will begin at 12 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, followed by funeral services at 1 p.m. at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Burial will be at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery outside of Hannibal.

Bill was born March 31, 1951, in Hannibal, to Alvia Christian and Dorothy Lucille Elledge Pabst. The second of eight children, he led an adventurous, free-spirited youth, and survived a handful of near-death experiences, whose details he would later love to relate with his hearty laugh. Bill loved the mighty Mississippi, the river he grew up alongside. He graduated from Hannibal High School, class of '69, where he was captain of the football team. He went on to complete his formal education at Truman State University and the University of Missouri–Columbia, earning degrees in political science and community development.

Bill married Maryann Bailey (Honek) on May 8, 1982 at Shelter Gardens in Columbia. Their first date was to the circus where they fell swiftly and deeply in love.

Bill was retired from the University of Missouri–Extension 4-H where he worked as a youth technology education specialist. He was an innovative, national leader in using emerging technologies to trick young people into learning.

Most of all, Bill loved his friends and family. He also loved practicing kindness, advocating for social justice, promoting accessible and fun lifelong learning, and, like all relentlessly industrious optimists, being late to everything. Skiing, cycling, yoga, gardening and canning –— especially pickles — were just a few of the interests Bill took pleasure in. The next family field trip or cross-country road trip was never far from his mind.

He is survived by his wife, Maryann Pabst, of Columbia; four children, Chris Bailey, Alison Dubbert (Jason), Michael Pabst, and Emily Pabst (Nathan); two grandchildren, Fiona Grace Dubbert and Asher Lee William Bailey; six siblings, Albert Pabst (Joy), Barbara Tomlinson-Fosse (Donald), Katherine Mitchell, Robert Pabst (Dina), Richard Pabst (Lorna), Anne Greening; one aunt, E. Frances Shaghafi; a nephew, Samuel Mitchell, and numerous other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother-in-law, Dorothy King Honek; two siblings, James Pabst and Edna Marie Pabst; and one brother-in-law, James Tomlinson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center or any charity that allows people to live fuller, fairer and more dignified lives.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com .