William W. Rickgauer, 85, of Danville, passed away at 2:29 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center.
He was born March 23, 1927, in Pekin, the son of William E. and Julia M. Thomas Rickgauer.
He married Barbara Jean Hankins on Feb. 3, 1948, in Danville. She survives.
Other survivors include five children, Marla (Dennis) Rickgauer Senft of New River, Ariz., and Pamela Rickgauer, Randall Rickgauer, Blair Rickgauer and William (Misty) Rickgauer, all of Danville; one brother, Richard Rickgauer of Pekin; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son Brent; two sisters; and one brother.
William served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He later worked as a firefighter for the City of Danville for approximately 15 years after returning home from the military. He worked as a foreman for the Hyster Company until 1978, then moved his family to Phoenix, Ariz., and worked construction until his retirement in 1990. William enjoyed golfing and fishing.
As per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside services will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, at Danville National Cemetery. Officiating services will be the Rev. James Blue. Military honors will be presented by the American Legion Post 210 of Danville. Please join the Rickgauer family in sharing memories and photos of his life on his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.