William (“Billy,” “Bill”) Allen Vessels, 84, of Owensboro died on May 26, 2021 at Hospice of Western Kentucky Heartford House in Owensboro. Billy was born to the late Edith Wall Vessels and Gene Vessels in Owensboro. He attended St. Frances Academy and graduated from Owensboro Catholic High School. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Nila Jean Vessels.

Family meant everything to Billy. He sacrificed much and did his utmost to provide for his family, while instilling in them values such as integrity, humility, fairness, and mutual support. He loved family get-togethers and spending time with children. He and Jean established the family home as a place where their children’s friends were welcome to drop by to enjoy hours of fun and share meals. He was extraordinarily kind and generous with friends, acquaintances, and strangers alike. Billy enjoyed sports, especially fishing, playing backyard basketball and corn hole, and watching University of Kentucky men’s basketball.

Billy was owner of Vessels Alignment Service on Calhoun Road in Owensboro for 50 years, a business started by his parents and then co-owned with his brother Robert Vessels, who survives him. Billy took great pride in his and the business’ reputation for honest, friendly, high-quality care for customers’ vehicles. He was widely known as the best front-end auto mechanic in the region.

He is survived by his children Mark (Patsy) Vessels of Owensboro, Jeff (Gilberto Gerald) Vessels of Cathedral City, California, Becky Vessels of Utica, and Cindy Vessels of Owensboro; grandchildren Sarah Daniel of Owensboro, Nicholas Vessels of Owensboro, Tonya Daniel of Utica, Jessica Vessels of Owensboro, Matthew Daniel of Utica, and Kelsey (Ben) Klein of Owensboro; great-grandchildren Ethan Howard of Owensboro, Kylie Greenwell of Utica, Trinity Ralph of Owensboro, Zeke Ralph of Owensboro, Nevaeh Buckman of Utica, and Alexa Jones of Utica.

Services will be 5:00 pm Friday, June 4, 2021 at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until the time of service Friday at the funeral home.

The family gives special thanks to the entire staff at Willowdale Village and Hospice of Western Kentucky Heartford House for their care.

All who wish to honor William at the funeral are required to follow CDC guidelines while inside the funeral home for the safety of all those in attendance.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home and Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Billy Vessels.

Share your messages of condolence with the family of Billy Vessels at www.haleymcginnis.com.


Visitation: June 4, 2021 1:00 pm - June 4, 2021 5:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301


Service: June 4, 2021 5:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301


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  1. Patsy, I am so sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace through this difficult time.

  2. Becky and Cindy,

    So very sorry for the loss of your dad.
    Sending up prayers for him and your family 🙏

  3. To Jeff and Gil and all of Bill’s family and friends: My sincere condolences on your loss. May you find strength in one another and in your memories of good times with your dear, loved one. May Bill rest in peace.

  4. Vessel’s Family,
    For many, many years until they ceased alignment business was the only place I ever took our vehicles and have shared with numerous others that they were the most honest people I have ever dealt with. If it needed to be done or fixed they would do it, if not, there would be no charge….what a tribute to a man and his business than to have this said about him.

    Montie Edwards
    Utica, KY

    • Thank you, Montie, for your thoughtful message. We are very proud of our father’s and the business’ legacy.

    • Thank you, they certainly had a fantastic reputation for honesty, and I am so proud to call him my Dad!

  5. Billy was indeed a grand and great neighbor to us. Cloa and I were so sorry when Billy and Jean left Bittel Road. Their kids were our kids best friends and we had lots of fun and games in our backyards. Billy was the best mechanic in Owensboro As was His Dad Gene Vessels. Jean Vessels was a very gifted Artist and we have several oil paintings of our horses on our walls And they are a constant reminder of both Billy and Jean. Mark, Jeff, Becky, Cindy and the entire Vessels Family We grieve with you. I wish we could be there with you but Health will not allow us to be there.
    Love and Prayers are with you. Mike and Cloa Thompson

    • Thank you, Mike and Cloa, for your thoughtful message. We’ve shared many wonderful times with you and your family. Please take the best of care.

    • Thank you guys so much for the kind words. Moving from Bittel Rd was very difficult for me when I was 12. Not sure I ever truly got over it. It was a wonderful little neighborhood.
      Dad will be missed terribly, he was such a good man.

  6. Friends since high school Willy and I spent
    many nights racing up and down HWY 81. I’m sure he’s speeding into heaven the same way and hopefully he’ll save a place for me. Thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
    Our sympathy,
    Bill and Rosemary Payne

    • Thank you, Bill and Rosemary. He told many stories about the fun times you had together. It was good to see you yesterday.

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