PEORIA - William John Shadid, 87, of Peoria passed away into eternal life and "Fell-Asleep in the Lord" at 9:35 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.
Bill was born Oct. 5, 1926, in Clinton, Iowa, to Phillip A. and Edna (Massad) Shadid. He married Nancy A. DeBord on July 27, 1958, at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are his children, the Very Reverend Father Don (Janet) Shadid of Johnstown, Pa., Bill Shadid of Minneapolis, Minn., Peggy Shadid of Peoria and Timothy M. (Juana) Shadid of Fairfax, Va.; grandchildren, Christopher, Stephen, Anthony and Noelle; his siblings, Gladys Abraham, George (Lorraine) Shadid, Pauline (John) Unes, Joan (Richard) Pettit of Neola, Iowa, Fred (Jean) Shadid and Jeanette (John) Harris of Pekin; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by Sitto Shadid; his parents; his sister, Louise; his brother, Mitchell Shadid; his sister-in-law, Delores Shadid; brother-in-law, Philip Abraham; and nephew, George Shadid.
Bill suffered a hemorrhagic stroke on Jan. 1 and was transferred later to OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Center. It was a beautiful, peaceful place with a comforting, caring staff for him and family to spend his last days here on earth.
He was a member of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church; and he was a very active parishioner.
Bill graduated from Manual Training High School in 1944. He served in the U.S. Army at Fort Sheridan, Ill., from 1945 to 1946, processing German POWs and U.S. soldiers back home. He was sworn in on Aug. 6, 1945, the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. He's been a life member of the American Legion Peoria Post 2 since 1946 and has been Poppy Chairman the past 15 years.
He was in business with his brothers at the White Front Tavern in South Rome (1950-52), Corner Tap 1100 NE Adams (1954-1957), and Main St. Tap/Club Caravan and Club Sahara (1958-70). He took a two-year Training Course at Caterpillar (1970-72), and retired from the Powder Metallurgy Division in 1991, for a total of 27 years.
Bill served as Webelos leader, Assistant Scoutmaster and Scoutmaster of Troop 44 at Glen Oak Christian Church and committee member at Troop 140 at Forrest Hill Methodist Church. He received the District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver from W.D. Boyce Council BSA. He volunteered at OSF St. Francis Hospital (1992-99). He also helped as a can shaker for St. Jude Tri-County Run.
Throughout his life, Bill loved meeting and talking to people, especially while out collecting donations for the veterans and handing out poppies. He loved being with his family, especially at the Shadid family get-togethers, and was always the one to remember dates and what happened when. His children and grandchildren were a source of pride.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Peoria. The Rev. Father Ciprian Sas, the Very Rev. Father Donald Shadid, and the Rev. Father Habib Ghantous will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, with Trisagion Prayers of Mercy at 6 p.m. An additional visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery, with full military rites.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to PAWS (Bill loved dogs, having seven during his lifetime), St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, All Saints Greek Orthodox Church or St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church.
Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon. com.