1934 - 2013
DuPage Cremations, Ltd. and Memorial Chapel
951 W. Washington St.
West Chicago, IL
Bill McCartney, 79, loving father, grandfather, brother and uncle, died peacefully Dec. 26, 2013, at his home in Wheaton, surrounded by his family. Born Sept. 1, 1934, in Evergreen Park, Bill graduated from Wheaton Academy and Wheaton College. He began a career in sales and worked in multiple industries until he retired. In August 1982, Bill sought recovery for alcoholism. Since that time he actively participated in service work. He provided fellowship and devoted his life to helping others in recovery. On Aug. 20, 2013, he celebrated 31 years of sobriety. In his lifetime, Bill developed a strong network of friends. He touched many lives and brought joy, humor and wisdom to those he knew. He loved being outside with his grandchildren, and socializing. In his quiet moments, Bill enjoyed reading, golfing, and practical jokes. He is survived by his life partner, Mary Zablock, his two children, Amy Lynn (Mark) VanKerkhoff and Todd McCartney; and five grandchildren, Mary's four children, Maribeth Kanoon, Larry (Debi) Zablock, Janet Zablock, Patty (Bryant) Macy and six grandchildren, his sisters, Linda Pavo and Mary Ann McCartney; and his brother, Gib McCartney. The family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to Hospice of Northeastern Illinois, Alcoholics Anonymous or another charitable organization of choice. Bill's Celebration of Life Memorial will be from 10 am until 12 noon Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 North West St., Wheaton. Arrangements by DuPage Cremations, Ltd. and Memorial Chapel 630-293-5200.

Published by Daily Herald on Jan. 5, 2014.
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Celebration of Life
10:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
130 North West St, Wheaton, IL
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Bill was a great friend and mentor and was the kind of person that made you feel better everytime you saw him. I was sorry to be traveling and miss the service, and while I will miss seeing him he will always be in my memory.
Randy Spring
January 21, 2014
My deepest sympathy.
Sally and Dan Flynn
January 10, 2014
I was a classmate of BIll's and a member of the football team when Bill was our quarterback. I also saw him at times on the college camput when we were there at the same time. I lost track of Bill when I went into the military, and some time later heard that he had become an alcoholic. Began praying for him every day and was so thankful that God helped him shed this problem in his life. We are all reaching the age when God is calling us home. I will see Bill again soon it looks like. My love to all of you in the family.
Dick Holt
January 8, 2014
Beloved brother, dearest friend, my hero!
Linda Neufeld-Pavao
January 6, 2014
Bill you were a great mentor to a young kid when I first met you in my 7th grade year. I so respected your wisdom and direction in that Sunday School class and while helping you around your home. I remember the trip I took with you after I learned to drive and we went to the army bases to do your job. That was a great trip and I still remember how you taught me to hold my hands on the wheel so that I would not get tired while driving. While I did not see you much in the last 10 years my parents always filled me in on your whereabouts every time they saw you. The last time was this summer when you saw mom at the pool and called her aside to say hi and ask about us boys. It was great to be able to look up to your guidance as a young Christian back at Glenbard Baptist Church.
Larry Conrad
January 5, 2014
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