Bill Locke, 92, of Marissa, IL; born January 27, 1921 in Wynnburg, TN; passed away on August 31, 2013 at his home.
Bill was a United States Army Veteran serving for 4 years around the time of WWII. After the war was over, Bill worked at American Zinc and Amax Zinc for 19 years and then operated a car lot and tow services for many years out of his home. He was well known for his strong work ethic and stubbornness. He was also known for his generosity.
He was preceded in death by his parents – James and Bertha, nee Dalton, Locke. A daughter – Mary A. McMurray. His brothers – Harry Locke; Dalton Locke. His sisters – Mabel Crawford; Virginia Hornbeak.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years – Marian E., nee Hall, Locke, whom he married on May 30, 1947 in Marianna, AR. One son – Bill “Butch” Locke of Marissa, IL. A granddaughter – Cheryl A. (Jerry) Kelso of Millstadt, IL. A grandson – Jeffrey D. (Jennifer) McMurray of Belleville, IL. Four great-grandchildren – Corey Kelso; Madalyn McMurray; Ella McMurray; Mia McMurray. Sister-in-law – Eleanor Locke. And many nieces of nephews.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.
Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 from 9:00am to 10:00am.
Funeral: Services will be held at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 10:00am with John Sizmore officiating.
Interment: Burial will be held at the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, IL.