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William H. McCartney


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William H. McCartney Obituary
William H. McCartney, 89, of Pittsfield, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at his home.

He was born April 5, 1929, at the family home near Summer Hill, the son of Frank and Isabel McGreevy McCartney. He married Mary Fitzsimmons on Sept. 30, 1961, in Petersburg. She survives.

Bill was drafted into the Korean War on March 16, 1951, and proudly served his country for two years in the 503rd Battalion at Fort Bragg, N.C., as an MP. After returning from the service, he worked on the family farm and became involved in Illinois Rural Youth. Bill would always say the day after John F. Kennedy was elected president, he gave Mary a ring, and they were married a year later. It was in 1962 when Bill became a member and chairman of the Illini Hospital Board. He also was a founding member of the Rural Water Board in 1972 and was very proud of that.

Bill always loved politics and was a lifelong member of the Democratic Party, starting his service in 1953. He served on the Pike County Board for 12 years from 1957 to 1969, and also on the Board of Supervisors for 12 years. In 1969, he became a precinct committeeman and served in that capacity until recently. He was most proud when his son was elected states attorney and then Judge Bill was a farmer in Pike County for many years, living in the house where he was born. He kept an office there and sold real estate before eventually becoming a real estate broker. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and was on the committee that built the parish hall as well.

He loved Saukee basketball, football and baseball and never missed a sporting event that his children or grandchildren were involved in. He also was a great St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; five children, William H. McCartney Jr. (Cristy) of Pittsfield, Teresa Goetten (Edward) of Jerseyville, Frank McCartney (JoGari) of Pittsfield, David McCartney (Becky) of Jacksonville, and Don McCartney (Jennifer) of Homer Glen; seven grandchildren, Austin, Isabella, Gracie, Sophia, Lincoln, Hudson and Christian, with another on the way; a brother, Dan McCartney; and a sister, Agnes Simms.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Frank; and sisters, Marietta McCartney and Carrie Simmons.

SERVICES: A Mass will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, with Father Mark Schulte conducting. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsfield.

VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield.

MEMORIALS: St. Mary's Catholic Church or the Great River Honor Flight.

ARRANGEMENTS: Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield.

WEBSITE: nieburfh.com

Condolences may be expressed online at whig.com.
Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Aug. 12 to Aug. 14, 2018
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