William Gene Willman, 80, of Smithton, Ill., born Sept. 15, 1933, in Belleville, Ill., passed away Sunday, June 22, 2014, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Belleville, Ill.
Mr. Willman was the owner and operator of A.D.A., Inc. Security Services in Belleville, Ill., for over 30 years after retiring from a 20 year over-the-road truck driving career. Prior to his truck driving career, he spent time driving local truck routes, working for the railroad, and serving in the United States Armed Forces for two years of active duty beginning in 1954.
Among his passions in life, Mr. Willman was a gifted artist and active member of the Gateway East Artist Guild in Belleville, Ill., as well as an avid photographer. Other hobbies of his included, flying airplanes, horseback riding, and spending time with and training his many beloved dogs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Alva, nee Freivogel, Willman.
Surviving him are his loving and devoted wife, Ruth M. Willman, nee Tribout; children, Steven (Diane) Thompson and Brock Willman; grandchildren, Steven (Carla) Thompson II, Anthony (Amanda) Ballard, Nancy Thompson, Kyle Thompson, Tyler Willman and Aaron Willman; and great-grandchildren, Abby Ballard and Haylee Ballard.
Memorials in Mr. Willman's memory may be made to the
. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.valhallagardensandfuneralhome.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the funeral home. Interment will be held in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Ill.
VALHALLA GAERDNER HOLTEN FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Valhalla Gardens of Memory
3412 Frank Scott Pkwy West Belleville, IL 62223
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on June 27, 2014