William E. Laughlin

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William E. "Bill" Laughlin

NORMAL - William E. "Bill" Laughlin age 84 Normal IL and formerly of Lincoln, IL. and Hot Springs Village, AR passed away at 1:25 AM on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington IL. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday February 25 at 2pm at First Presbyterian Church, Normal IL. The family suggests memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church, Normal, IL. Cremation rights will be accorded. Bill was born April 13, 1927 in Altoona, PA the son of William Harold and Mary Catherine Gleichert Laughlin. He married Patricia Babbitt on April 29, 1950 in Erie, PA. She survives.

Also surviving 2 Children, Deborah (Steven) Winter, Bloomington and Robert Laughlin, Normal, IL; 4 Grandchildren, Erin (Chad) Keefe, Normal, IL, Chrissy (Steve) Rustemeyer, Bloomington, IL, Tim (Kelly) Winter, Bloomington, IL, Scott (Ashley) Winter, Taylorville, IL; 7 Great Grandchildren, Will and Laney Keefe, Drew, Tyler and Allie Rustemeyer, Kenzie and Josie Winter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter Sheryl Anne Laughlin and his foster daughter Luanne Koester.

Bill graduated in 1949 from Penn State University, State College, PA with a degree in Chemistry. He worked at PPG Industries, Lincoln, IL from 1952-1989 and was named PPG Citizen of the Year in 1975. Bill was very involved in the community of Lincoln and was named Courier Man of the Year in 1968. After retirement, Bill, Pat and Rob moved to Hot Springs Village for 15 years. They were heavily involved in their church, Community Players and their close circle of friends. He was a Shriner and a member of Ansar Temple, Springfield, IL.

He was member of the Lincoln Lodge #210 AF & AM, Lincoln, IL. Bill was an accomplished trumpet player and had a beautiful baritone voice. He shared his gift at church and as a hobby over the years. Bill was also an avid sports fan and rooted for the Nittany Lions. His grandchildren and great grandchildren referred to him fondly as Papoo and he loved watching them grow up. He has influenced many lives and will be dearly missed but never forgotten. Cremation services provided by Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

Please view the obituary and share your condolences and memories online at www.calvertmemorial.com.

Published in The Lincoln Courier on Feb. 20, 2012
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