Bill is remembered as an intelligent, curious, and open minded professor with impish wit, self-deprecating humor, and strong ethics. He was shaped by the conservative principles of his family, the Freelands and Ingenthrons of Taney County, and by his exposure to cultures in Europe, Asia and California. He was comfortable discussing raising of chickens as a child, the history of USA’s Native American policy, or mass communication law. He loved birds and trees, remembered hundreds of poems, and sang aloud.
He is survived by his wife Janeth and their children, Robin in Vermont, and Barry Ingenthron and Ally Ingenthron Orsi in Arkansas, and six grandchildren.
Bill placed great importance on years we spend together, talking, writing letters, sharing vacations, or remembering one another in silence. He was strong of faith, if not of ceremony. His family will observe a private wake near childhood home in Taney County, with close friends. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.