DAHINDA - William "Bill" Edward Kell, 86, Dahinda, passed away and was called home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, while surrounded by his family at home.
He was born April 12, 1926, in Galesburg, Ill., to Henry Trego Kell and Anna (Witt) Kell and was reared in Williamsfield, Ill.
He enlisted in the Army two months prior to graduating Williamsfield High School to serve his nation's call in World War II, where he fought in the European Theater, Battle of the Bulge, and Rhineland. He was decorated with the Eastern-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Ribbon, and the Bronze Star for Heroic and Meritorious Achievement (he courageously carried an injured lieutenant out of the line of fire and into safety). He suffered from frostbite and trench foot during the Battle of the Bulge, earning a medical discharge after one and one-half years of service.
Upon returning home from the war, he began working at Gale Products (OMC) in Galesburg, Ill., where he met Madoline Elloise Whiteside. They were married on May 9, 1948, at the First Presbyterian Church in Galesburg. After 36 years, he retired from OMC (Gale Products) in 1983.
He began working for Persifer Township in 1984 and was appointed interim road commissioner in 1987. He won his first township election in 1989 and dedicated the remainder of his life to maintaining the roads. He was elected Persifer Township road commissioner six times and was up for his seventh election this coming April.
Bill was a man of great integrity who enjoyed traveling, meeting new people and spending time with friends and family. He had a smile and a joke for everyone he met and never knew a stranger. He loved the Lord, his family, his country and his work. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his two daughters, Sharon (Carl) Young of Dahinda, Ill., and Marilyn Brooks of Dahinda, Ill.; four grandchildren, Kelly (Anthony) Brooks-Vaupel of Dahinda, Ill., Carl (Annette) Young of Alexis, Ill., Master Sgt. William (Karrie) Brooks of Great Falls, Mont., and Sarah (Andy) Blake of Galesburg, Ill.; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister, Ilene Buskirk of Galesburg, Ill.
His parents, Henry and Anna; wife, Madoline; two sisters, Dorothy Larson and Frances (Jean) Howell; two brothers, Henry "Spud" Kell and Benny Kell; and son-in-law, Robert Brooks, preceded him in death.
Cremation rites were accorded at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville, Ill., and a celebration of life memorial will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene in Galesburg, Ill., with the Rev. Ron Scarlett officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Williamsfield American Legion Post 371.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes will be assisting the family in their arrangements.
On-line condolences and sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hen-dricksfuneralhome.com.