William I. Sohl

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William I. Sohl, a resident of Chappaqua, NY for 15 years, followed by 30 years at Heritage Hills in Somers, New York, passed away on January 24, 2013 at the NYS Veterans Home in Montrose, NY. He was 93. Bill was born in Chicago, IL on July 12, 1919. He grew up in Indiana and graduated from Hammond High School. After serving as a 1st Lieutenant in WWII, Bill earned a business degree from Indiana University as well as an MBA from Northwestern. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Jane Elizabeth Calnon, for 65 years. Bill worked for Inland Steel in Chicago, IL, then in 1961, moved with his young family to Chappaqua, NY to serve as project director for the planning and construction of the CBS Headquarters in New York City. He later worked for Knoll Associates, Union Carbide, American Express, and consulted on various corporate facilities as President of Development International, Inc. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America for many years, and while living in Somers, he volunteered at the Somers Historical Society and was a member of the United Methodist Church of Purdys, New York. Bill loved to work on his inventions and patents, organize his many files, travel, work in the yard, and share in the family activities. Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jane, in 2005. He is survived by three children: Amy (Jeff) Caso of Vero Beach, FL, Bill (Linda) of Irvington, NY, and Jim (Lee) of Kent, CT; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Bill will be buried next to his wife, Jane, in the Sohl family plot in Hammond, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the NYS Veterans Home (Attn: Fair Haven Day Room Program), 2090 Albany Post Road, Montrose, NY 10548. Bill, with the twinkly blue eyes, was a loyal, hard working family man who loved to whistle, laugh, and eat dessert. He will be missed.

Published in The Times on Mar. 10, 2013
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