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The staff at Cozine Memorial Group have years of professional funeral planning experience and a strong commitment to providing exceptional service with attention to detail. Our knowledgeable staff offers personal guidance with the understanding that people need sensitive and caring professionals to help them during difficult times. Once you get to know our people, you will see why more families have come to appreciate the outstanding service and personal attention we provide. We make your needs our priority!

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Bill is a life-long resident of Wichita. His roots run deep both in his professional career, as well as in his service to the community. Bill graduated from East High School in 1958 and from Wichita State University with a BA in political science. He attended Washburn Law School and graduated with honors from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science.

He has been involved in the ownership and direction of Broadway Mortuary since 1964 and has worked with his son, Ashley, in the planning and development of Kensington Gardens since 1995. He has been recognized as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (one of approximately ten recognized in the State of Kansas). In 2013, he was among the first group of individuals in the country to be recognized as a Certified Crematory Operator (CCO) by the National Funeral Directors Association.

Bill’s experience as a funeral director has included all phases of service to families, as well as to state and national funeral director’s associations. In August of 2012, he was appointed by Governor Sam Brownback as a board member of the Kansas State Board of Mortuary Arts. This five-member board of appointees ensures that licensees perform and operate in a manner consistent with the proper care and protection of consumers within the State of Kansas.

Over the years, he has brought a number of national caliber speakers to Wichita to share with ministers, caregivers, and medical and hospice personnel how to effectively serve those in grief. Additionally, Bill has spoken to many groups including churches, businesses, high schools and colleges concerning death and dying. His goal — to teach others to feel more comfortable and knowledgeable as they interact and serve others.

He was instrumental in taking Wichita Festivals from a weekend event to a 10-day celebration, serving as its first chairman. He served as president of Wichita Festivals, Inc., during the bicentennial year of celebration when Wichita Festivals hosted four major events: The Freedom Train, River Festival, the first city-wide 4th of July Celebration at WSU’s Cessna Stadium and a Fall Ethnic Festival at Cowtown. He was co-founder of the Wichita Wagonmasters and served as Admiral Windwagon Smith VIII.

Bill is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Wichita Independent Business Association. He is past president of Wichita Sister Cities and was active in securing both Cancun, Mexico and Kaifeng, China as Sister Cities for Wichita. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army and is a member of Wichita Downtown Rotary and the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Bill has been active within the Christian community, serving as co-chair for the Leighton Ford Crusade and as a director for the Franklin Graham Crusade. He has served as a church elder, deacon and teacher. He and his wife, Suzy, attend Central Community Church. They are the parents of two children, Ashley and Heather. They have eight grandchildren.

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