|Wyllis "Bill" Schisler, Jr., age 78, of Oak Run, Dahinda, Illinois lost his battle with cancer on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 11:32 PM. Bill was able to die with dignity at home with his ever-loving family by his side.
He was born on June 16, 1931 in Portsmouth, Ohio to Wyllis J. and Ersle Hamm Schisler, Sr. He moved to Peoria, Illinois as a small child.
Bill met Norma "Jean" Frazelle on a blind date. The two were married November 3, 1951 and shared 45 wonderful years until February 21, 1997 when Jean also lost her life to cancer.
Surviving are his son, Kenneth (Charlena) Schisler of Peoria, Illinois; daughters, Janice Scherff of Bloomington, Illinois, Connie Schisler of Wataga, Illinois and Kimberly (Donald) Zimmerman of Oak Run, Dahinda, Illinois; grandsons, Bill, Andrew, Doug, Cody, Tony and Donnie; granddaughters, Holly, Erin and Jeanie; great grandchildren, Jackson, London, Aubrey and Emily; and sister, Lila (Bill) Jolly of Portland, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister: Betty Brent.
Bill served in the United States Marines from 1951 until 1953 stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. He received the National Defense Service Medal.
Bill worked for Komatsu, driving his mule, for 34 years retiring in 1991.
He was an avid bass and walleye fisherman. His favorite place to be was on the lake with a hot bite and a cold beer. Bill and Jeanie made wonderful memories at Lake Vermilion in Northern Minnesota. Bill loved spending time with his family. He was a kind, caring and loving man who was always there to lend a hand, a smile, a hug and always a quick ornery wit. He will always be missed by all who knew him.
Cremation Rites will be accorded. Private Services will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made or sympathy cards sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.