HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —
He served on the Catlin school board, the Catlin Village Board and helped start youth football in Catlin.
Bill was a lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan and probably first learned about baseball from his Grandfather Kehlenbach telling stories about the Chicago "Black Sox" and train trips to Chicago to watch baseball in the early 1900s. Bill attended the Indianapolis 500 many times and loved NASCAR and drag racing. A good Saturday afternoon in the fall always included NCAA football.
Bill was an avid reader and loved books about history, politics and the Civil War. He had very thoughtful well-informed opinions about the political and economic issues of the day but never imposed those opinions on others.
Bill was a gentleman in every best sense of the word. He loved his wife and family dearly as they loved him, always having time for them no matter how busy or tired he was. Second only to his wife and family he loved farming and nature. Although his passing was too abrupt and too soon, perhaps it provides comfort that his life ended doing something he loved, tending his garden.
Bill was a member of Catlin United Methodist Church and attended Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Decatur, Ala. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wesley Memorial UMC, 1211 Westmeade St. SW, Decatur, AL 35601, Catlin UMC, American Heart Association or other charities.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Robison Funeral Chapel in Catlin, Ill. The funeral is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in Catlin United Methodist Church. Burial: Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin with full military rights. Condolences: www.robisonchapel.com.