Bill Mann

February 8, 1953 - April 17, 2022


Bill Mann, age 69, passed from his earthly life on Easter Sunday April 17, 2022 at 11:15 a.m., after a short illness.

Bill, more fondly known by his high school friends as Killer, was born February 8, 1953. He graduated from Baxter High School in 1971 and lived in this area the majority of his life. His mother, Audrey Mae (Bradford) Burnside and father Harry Burnside preceded him in death.

He spent his career as a self employed and very creative stone and brick mason. He loved the outdoors and lived with GREAT passion, whether it was watching the sun rise in a deer stand, fishing Spring River in a jet prop boat, or bricking a house. Once committed to something, he was “all in” and always finished what he started. He spent several years tirelessly working at the Riverton Little League. Bill was always first in line to help his family, neighbors and friends and was a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He dearly loved any physically challenging project.

While he seldom attended church, he loved the Lord and always said walking through the timber was his church.

He married Cassie Lyons March 5, 1977 in Baxter Springs. They recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. She survives.

Also surviving are his two sons, Marshall (Tamara) Mann and Christopher (Kaylee) Mann. His most cherished gift in life was being “Pappy” to his 5 grandchildren; Will David Mann, Levi Marshall Mann, Jordyn Christopher Mann, Trey William Mann and Averi Jade Mann. He was quick to tell you how proud he was of his family.

Bill is survived by sisters, Evelyn Munkres and Peggy Goodwin; brothers, Neil Burnside, John Mann and Steven Mann as well as a host of family and friends. His brother Jack Mann preceded him in death.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 22, 2022 at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel. Bill has been entrusted to Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel for cremation and burial will follow in the Pence Cemetery. Pastor Wes Davis will officiate the services. Online condolences may be expressed at