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Obituary: NEMRA Rep Bill Bannon Passes Away

Aug. 18, 2020
During his long career in the electrical industry, Bannon served a term as president of the National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association (NEMRA).

William (Bill) Thomas Bannon of Frisco, TX, owner and president of Mid-States Electrical Sales; and  co-owner of the Schooler-Bannon Electrical rep agency in Kansas City, MO, passed away on Aug. 8 at the age of 86. According to his obituary posted at, he is preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Elizabeth (Betsey) Bannon, his brother Leo Bannon, and his grandson Kyle Goettsch.  He is survived by wife of 56 years, Judy Bannon and children Tom Bannon and Ann Marie Butler all living in Frisco. Close family includes the wife of Tom Bannon, Tiffanie Bannon; husband of Ann Marie Butler, Dean Butler; grandchildren  Andrew Bannon, Kelsey Martin, Emily Bannon, Jessica Goettsch, Makayla Chaney, Kirsten Chaney and Blake Butler; Bill’s brother Joe Bannon of Champaign, IL; and Bill’s sister Betty Stangle of Glens Falls, NY.

Bannon served in the U.S. Navy and earned a BA in business administration at State University of New York at Cobleskill. He loved the electrical business and along with serving a term as NEMRA president had a long career representing electrical manufacturers including Pass & Seymour, Rodale Electric Manufacturing and  O-Z Gedney Electrical Manufacturing.

He loved golf and was club champion several times at his home golf course, Kansas City’s Hillcrest Country Club.  Along with golf, he enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting and social events, and engaging in lengthy conversations on a broad range of subject matters but mostly sports, according to his obituary.

Bill was a good friend to the editors of Electrical Wholesaling when the magazine moved to the Kansas City market in 1992 and introduced us around the city's electrical industry. The editorial staff offers our  condolences to his family.

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