Jon Schuessler, 2009William R. DeLong

Volunteer Movement Co-Founder

City: St. Charles
County: St. Charles

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Bill works in St. Louis as a licensed professional engineer. Although born on a U.S. military base in Germany, Bill grew up in Missouri. He stayed there throughout his college career, first earning a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now MST), and later a master's degree in mechanical engineering (with a certification in Biomedical Engineering) from Washington University in St. Louis. He lived briefly in California and Kansas before returning home to Missouri, where he met his beloved future wife, Sheila Frick. The couple married in 2008 and currently live in St. Charles with their 1-year old son, Alexander.

As a young man, Bill was a staunch Republican, but several of his experiences with police - particularly in Columbia - made him question the "law and order" rhetoric of party politics. While in California, he helped pass out pamphlets to crowds about tax issues. In 2012, he participated in the St. Charles County Republican caucus, which was shut down by a large police force acting on orders from a corrupt party official. This further deepened Bill's doubts about Missouri's two-party system.

Several years later, Bill helped start the Volunteer Movement. When he is not devoting time to his family or his profession, Bill labors to advance the Volunteer cause, to stop government encroachment and to promote individual liberty and responsibility.