Bill E. Savely was born April 3, 1928 to Leigh and Ila Savely in the rural Mullinville, KS area. He grew up in that area and as all young boys had a group of friends who kept themselves entertained. He commented one of their favorite past time was going out south of Mullinville and shooting prairie dogs. One Christmas he woke up to find his first bicycle. He said it was his best Christmas ever as a kid.