State Funeral for World War II Veterans announced the appointment of Bill McNutt as the 2018 National Chairman of the Board.
McNutt, a 1973 graduate of Corsicana High School, has enjoyed a distinguished career in politics and business, serving in the Office of Privatization in the Reagan White House, as former vice president of Collin Street Bakery, and as the founder of Cryer Creek Kitchens, a Bakery subsidiary founded in 1985.
The Mission of the organization is, “to convince the President of the United States to designate a State Funeral for the last Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, as a final salute to the 16 million women and men of the greatest generation who served in our armed forces from 1941-1945."
"We are fortunate to have Bill McNutt as our Chair,” said Col. Don Ballard, State Funeral for World War II Veterans’ National Board Member and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. “His vision and determination are key to the success of our mission of honoring the greatest generation with a state funeral."
McNutt co-founded State Funeral for World War II Veterans with his daughter, Rabel Josephine Mae McNutt in 2017. Rabel was blessed to have Medal of Honor recipient Walter Ehlers as her Godfather. He was the oldest recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor upon his death in 2014. While preparing her to attend his military funeral they watched the state funerals of General Douglas MacArthur and President Ronald Reagan on YouTube. She asked if they were going to do a “big funeral” in Washington D.C. for Uncle Ehlers and his friends. This gave birth to the idea that is now organized in 24 states.
McNutt started the Bill McNutt, III Family Foundation, which is dedicated to helping Corsicana and Navarro County in many ways, including the beautification of public places and teaching leadership to high school students, among other pursuits. Last October, the Foundation dedicated a seven and a half foot tall, museum quality bronze statue of the Collin Street Baker. The statue depicts Jerry Grimmett who is in his 61st year with the company.
McNutt is the son of the late L. William McNutt, Jr. and Josephine McNutt of Corsicana and the grandson of the late Lee William McNutt and Anna Mae McNutt, also of Corsicana. He also serves as Chairman of the Corsicana My Hometown project that provides a website and Facebook Group that promotes Corsicana and Navarro County. The group has nearly 4,000 followers.
McNutt lives in University Park with his wife, Susana Rabel McNutt, and their two daughters, Slone and Rabel McNutt. His two sons, Thomas McNutt and Lee William McNutt, and his grandson, Will McNutt are all residents of Corsicana.
The non-profit organization is working hard to recruit members to its Texas State Board of Directors. Those who have nominations are asked to send them directly to Bill McNutt at firstname.lastname@example.org.