William B. "Bill" Wyles
LINCOLN - William B. "Bill" Wyles, 89, of Lincoln, IL, died at 3:50 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln, IL, on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
Bill was born on March 10, 1924, in Lincoln, IL, the son of Guy C. and Mabel Hartman Wyles. He married Elizabeth Schneider on July 3, 1947, in Lincoln, IL, and she survives. They were married for 65 years.
Bill is also survived by one son, Gary (Donna) Wyles of Atlanta, IL; one daughter, Lisa Evelsizer of Lincoln, IL; three grandsons: Jeffrey Wyles of Bloomington, IL, Jason Wyles of Lincoln, IL, and Jeremy Wyles of San Antonio, Texas; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Evelsizer of Bloomington, IL; two great-grandsons, Ryan Wyles and Brayden Evelsizer; one sister-in-law, Marilyn Schneider; five nieces and three nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert Wyles. He was the last of his immediate family.
Funeral services for Bill will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, IL, with Chaplain Henry Johnson and Dustin Fulton co-officiating. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery with full military rites by American Legion Post #263. Luncheon will follow at Jefferson Street Christian Church.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Jefferson Street Christian Church or Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Bill served in the Navy Seabees in WW II in the South Pacific in the Philippines and New Guinea. He was a partner of Givan and Wyles Contracting and Ace Hardware and owner of Logan County Rental Center all in Lincoln, IL.
Bill was an outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. He and Elizabeth wintered for 12 years in Port Aransas, Texas on the Gulf of Mexico and he was able to surf fish daily. Bill was a member of the Jefferson Street Christian Church, a member of the Lincoln American Legion Post # 263, and he was a past president of the Lincoln Sportsman Club.
Bill was recently honored to participate in the ground-breaking ceremonies as well as unveiling the cornerstone and laying of the first brick of the new Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Bill had laid the first brick on the old ALMH building and he laid out the brick work. Even though Bill owned three businesses, he was always proud to boast that he was a brick mason. Bill also was a wood carver and enjoyed carving birds and animals and attended many carver shows. He loved carving Santa Clauses for his wife.