WEST FRANKFORT - William "Bill" Joseph Pohl, 83, went to be with the Lord and his wife at 4:40 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Herrin Hospital.
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He was born July 23, 1929, in Maud, the son of William M. and Helen (Wahler) Pohl.
Mr. Pohl grew up a farm boy and loved the outdoors. He graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1947. After serving as a military police investigator with the 519th MP Battalion in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he attended Eastern Illinois University in Edwardsville.
He completed his final two years of studies at University of Illinois and graduated in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in agriculture. He worked as a soil conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 35 years and retired in 1986.
Mr. Pohl was a devout member of St. John's Catholic Church and active for many years in the church. He also was a 4th Degree Knight, Council 11111, Holy Name Member. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing, arrowhead hunting and gardening. Bill was very generous and took pride in sharing the bounty of his garden with family and friends.
He married the love of his life, Rita Novasky, on June 16, 1956, in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mount Carmel.
Survivors include two brothers, James "Jim" and wife, Yvonne Pohl, of Mount Carmel and Robert "Bob" Pohl of Texas; sister, Ida Mae Wilderman of Mount Carmel; two daughters, Billie Jo "BJ" and husband, Mark Holycross, of Woodbridge, Va., and Anita "Nikki" Greer of Manchester and fiancé, T.J. Brennan; son, Patrick Joseph Pohl and fiancé, Brandi Stewart, of Freeman Spur; 16 grandchildren, Gabriel and Aidan Holycross of Woodbridge, Va., Wendy LaFaver and Robert of Green City, Mo., Tim Greer and Stephanie of Arenzville, Michelle Hoots and Zachary of Bluffs, Betsy Harnois and Stephen of Meredosia, Marissa and Rachele Pohl and Kailyn Stewart of Freeman Spur, John Hunt, Matthew Hunt, Joshua Burton and Trina Burton of Centralia, Charles Hunt and Greg (Rod Bernaix) Hunt of Tamaroa and Amanda Hunt of Marion; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rita Pohl; his parents; a newborn sister, Catherine; and daughter, Rita "Gerri" Burton.
Services will be at noon Tuesday, July 2, in St. John's Catholic Church in West Frankfort with Father Sean Palas officiating. Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Mount Carmel. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort.
Memorials may be made to St. John's Catholic School Endowment Fund. Donation envelopes will be available and accepted at the funeral home.
Online condolences of sympathy may be made at www.unionfh.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan on July 1, 2013