SHEFFIELD - William R. "Bill" Robison, 77, of Sheffield died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at First United Church of Christ in Sheffield. The Rev. Jane Courtright will officiate. Burial will be in Sheffield Cemetery, with military honors by Sheffield American Legion. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services in Sheffield.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to William R. Robison Memorial Fund.
Bill was born May 27, 1936, in Peoria, Ill., the son of Ralph and Florence (Dixon) Robison. He graduated from Tiskilwa High School and Western Illinois University in Macomb. Bill served in the U.S. Army, serving in Germany during the Korean War time. He married Ellen Dinsmore on Aug. 23, 1959, in Good Hope, Ill. She died on April 28, 2008. He later married Barbara Welch on Feb. 14, 2010, in Princeton, Ill. She survives.
Bill had taught school for Western Community School District. He then worked for Caterpillar in data processing until retiring. He had also farmed all his life in the Buda and Tiskilwa area.
Memberships include First United Church of Christ in Sheffield; Sheffield Lions Club, where he was serving as President; and H.F. Hortz Post 415 American Legion in Sheffield, where he was a past commander. Bill had served on the board and as president of the former Western Community School District.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara; son, Robert (Renea) Robison of Tiskilwa; daughter, Rebecca Robison of Springfield, Ill.; stepson, Wesley (Elizabeth) Welch of Lafayette, Ind.; stepdaughter, Wendy Welch of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren, Justin (Ami) Robison, Jared Robison and Jacob Robison; stepgrandchildren, Nik and Eli Welch; AFS daughter, Joanne (Dennis Hika) Thompson of New Zealand; brother, Ralph (Synda) Robison Jr. of Varna, Ill.; and sister, Barbara Helton of Lockport, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife.
Condolences may be expressed at Bill's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.