William E. Henry
1940 - 2020
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William E. Henry

Born: February 14, 1940

Died: September 12, 2020

William (Bill) Edward Henry, 80, of Coal City, Il passed away on September 12, 2020 at his home, only one month after his twin brother, Donald. He was born on February 14, 1940 in Oak Park, IL the son of Elmer Ellsworth Henry Jr. and Grace Mary (Ryan) Henry. Bill was a loving son and devoted caretaker to his mother until her death in 2007.

Bill served in the Army Reserves from 1962 - 1968. He worked as a telecommunications technician and administrator for Ameritech (Illinois Bell) for more than 30 years until he retired in 1994. Bill then went to work for Caterpillar in Joliet, until he officially retired in 2016.

Bill loved listening to classical music, watching old movies, going out to dinner, photography/videography, and spending time with his brother. He and his twin brother were two peas in a pod; they enlisted in the Army Reserves together, worked for the same companies, enjoyed the same hobbies, and even built the exact same house.

Visitation will be held at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Somonauk on Thursday, September 17, 2020, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm with a memorial service immediately following, with Reverend Bernie Sehr officiating. A graveside service will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at noon at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich, IL. Military Honors by the Plano American Legion.

William is survived by his sister-in-law, Geri Henry of Sandwich, his nieces, Christy (Jeff) Pruski of Sandwich, Cindy (Dan) Riley of Oro Valley, AZ, and one nephew, Jeff (Jenny) Henry of Lebanon, OH. He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Henry, his mother Grace Henry, and his twin brother Donald Henry.

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Fox Valley Older Adults. For more information or to sign the online guest book go to www.eighnerfuneralhomes.com

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Published in The Herald-News on Sep. 15, 2020.
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September 23, 2020
Remember Bill from when I worked at Illinois Bell in Joliet. My condolences to the family
Randy Keeneth
September 17, 2020
I and my wife Candy were Bill's neighbor for 47 years. I spent many hours having coffee across from Bills table and assisted each other on many home projects, repairs and needs, as he got older. Bill and his mother Grace spent many Christmas Eves at my place. Bill will be missed greatly.
Dan Bodine
September 17, 2020
I and my wife Candy have been Bill's neighbor for 47 years, drank many cups of coffee at his table and we assisted each other in many home projects, repairs and needs as he got older. Bill and his mother, Grace, were close friends and they spent many Christmas eves at my house for friendly get-together s. He will be missed greatly.
Dan Bodine
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