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William Cornelius "Bill" Richards


1919 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
William Cornelius "Bill" Richards Obituary
William Cornelius "Bill" Richards 1919—2018
William Cornelius "Bill" Richards, 99, of Rockford passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Bill was born June 23, 1919, in Neillsville, WI to Clayton and Marian (Wightman) Richards. He graduated from Waupaca High School. Before he could be drafted, he enlisted in the Air Force. He served as an airplane mechanic and a trainer on a flight simulator. He used the G.I. bill to go to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a degree in electrical engineering. This is where he met and married his wife, Agnes Helene Lund. He started as a salesman with Commonwealth Edison in Dixon, Illinois. He retired as their commercial manager in Rockford, Illinois. He enjoyed fishing. He owned his own boat and would go on trips twice a year with his buddies. He also enjoyed woodworking. He had a fine workshop in his basement. Many of his hand tools belonged to his father and grandfather. In his later years he stuck to making clocks and wren birdhouses. If you ever met him, chances are he would open the trunk of his car and give you one. He was also an active member of Kiwanis until his stroke in 2012. After his retirement, he took up jogging and golf. He also helped build 20 houses for Habitat for Humanity. He did a lot of volunteer work. He was always willing to help a friend or neighbor without thought of recompense. He is survived by his daughter, Karen Ann Richards, and his son, William Clayton Richards. Also included are his friends, Dean and Norma Munson, Ralph Erickson and MJ. He is predeceased by his wife, Agnes; parents, Clayton Richards and Marian Lehman; stepmother, Isabelle Kohlstedt; step-father, Herman Lehman; and his half-sister, Lois Matter. Special thanks to the E-wing and F-wing staff at Wesley Willows and to Hospice nurse, Korin.
Per his wishes, no services and cremation rites were accorded. Memorials can be made in his name to Gloria Del Lutheran Church, Downtown Kiwanis, or Rockford Rescue Mission. To share a condolence www.sunsetfhmemgardens.com
Published in Rockford Register Star from Aug. 10 to Aug. 12, 2018
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