William Dean “Bill” Wickersham, 89 of Mattoon, IL passed away at 5:37 AM on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at Brookstone Estates in Mattoon, IL.
Private Graveside services will be held on Monday, September 18, 2023 in the Humboldt Cemetery. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Bill was born on February 13, 1934 in Salem, IL. He was a son of Daniel Leroy and Nora C. (Belcher) Wickersham. He married Peggy Jo Wildman on April 8, 1953 in Mattoon, IL. She passed away on August 30, 2016.
He is survived by four children, Rick D. Wickersham and his wife Margaret of Mattoon, IL, Billie Jo Haskett of Marion, IL, Teresa Haskett and her husband Lloyd of Neoga, IL and Bradley Keith Wickersham of Mattoon, IL, five grandchildren, April Haskett of Marion, IL, Travis Haskett and his wife Ellie of Neoga, IL, Whitney Smith and her husband Kendric of Anna, TX, Ryan Hall of Arcola, IL and Courtney Marie Bennett of Milwaukee, WI, four great grandchildren, Rocco and Asa Haskett and Kaisley and Briley Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son-in-law, Jerry Haskett, siblings, Wendell D. Wickersham, Mildred Fender, Eldon Wickersham, Jean Farmer, Helen Hidlebaugh, Daniel Leroy “Jr.” Wickersham, Don Robert Wickersham and Tom Wickersham.
Bill proudly served his country as an Army Veteran of the Korean War. His bravery and commitment are commendable and will always be remembered by those who knew him.
Bill embarked on a fulfilling career journey that took him to various places in Tuscola, Charleston, Mattoon, and beyond.
After returning home from the service, Bill worked for the Illinois Central Railroad in Mattoon, IL. Throughout his life, Bill held several roles that provided him with the opportunity to put his skills to use. He worked at USI in Tuscola before moving on to Celotex in Charleston. Later, he served as a Union Electrician for Webb Electric in Mattoon. His dedication and expertise eventually led him to become a Maintenance Supervisor at Justrite in Mattoon.
Outside of work and military service, Bill had many hobbies and interests that brought him joy throughout his life. When he was younger, he loved nothing more than dancing with his wife. Their graceful movements on the dance floor were a sight to behold. He was also known for his exceptional ping pong skills and enjoyed friendly competition whenever he had the chance.
Bill had a fascination with electronics and loved tinkering around with them. Whether it was fixing broken gadgets or experimenting with new technologies, he found great satisfaction in this hands-on activity. In his quiet moments, Bill found solace in reading his Bible. His faith was an important part of his life, providing him with strength and comfort throughout the years. He embodied the values he found within its pages and lived his life with kindness, compassion, and integrity.
However, above all else, Bill cherished his family. Spending time with loved ones brought him immense joy and fulfillment. He was a devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who treasured the moments they shared together. His love and guidance will forever be etched in their hearts.