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Bill Locke (1921 - 2013)

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Bill Locke

Bill Locke, 92, of Marissa, Ill., born Jan. 27, 1921, in Wynnburg, Tenn., passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at his home.

Bill was a United States Army veteran serving for four years around the time of World War II. 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 and Dalton Locke; and his sisters, Mabel Crawford and Virginia Hornbeak.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Marian E., nee Hall, Locke, whom he married on May 30, 1947, in Marianna, Ark.; son, Bill "Butch" Locke of Marissa, Ill.; granddaughter, Cheryl A. (Jerry) Kelso of Millstadt, Ill.; grandson, Jeffrey D. (Jennifer) McMurray of Belleville, Ill.; four great-grandchildren, Corey Kelso, Madalyn McMurray, Ella McMurray and Mia McMurray; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, and 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, Ill.

Funeral: Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, Ill., with John Sizmore officiating. Interment will be held at the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, Ill.

Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Sept. 2, 2013
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