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Bill Locke

Bill Locke

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.

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  1. Administrator says:

    I remember my Uncle Bill as having a great sense of humor. He was always
    happy, and joking around. He was very close to my father, Dalton Locke, even though they were 10 years apart. They loved to pretend they were crooked
    politicians and the family would tape those little sketches. And, they were
    roll-on-floor funny!!

    I remember when I was in the first grade and Uncle Bill had a made a surprise
    visit from Arkansas to visit us in Illinois. My Dad told

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    Posted by: Joyce Marie Locke – Shoreline, WA – Neice Sep 01, 2013

  2. Administrator says:

    My memories of , Uncle Bill were playing a card game called ” Rook” with my mother, his sister(Virginia Locke) Hornbeak, and my dad Milburn Hornbeak. Bill and his wife, my Aunt Marian, enjoyed beating my mom and dad, in the game of Rook, most of the time. They would all laugh so hard that they sometimes would start crying. Then they would stop playing cards for a while, and would pop popcorn for themselves and all of the nieces

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    Posted by: Peggy Hornbeak Townley Zarlingo – Bowling Green, KY – Niece Sep 02, 2013

  3. Administrator says:

    Uncle Bill had me convinced, when I was little, that he could make the red lights turn green by pointing at them!!! He always took me riding when he was in Marianna – just the two of us!!!! As I got older he loved to embarrass me with his old car horn on his new car!!!! Way to many memories to put on here!!!! R.I.P. Uncle Bill

    Posted by: Lisa Gibson Loewer – Marianna, AR – Niece Sep 02, 2013

  4. Administrator says:

    My Uncle Bill, was always funny and very witty. He was always in a good mood, and he was a true Christian. I loved him very much. I’ll see him in heaven!!✝

    Posted by: Peggy Zarlingo – Granite City, IL – Family Aug 31, 2017

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