|William H. McDermet, age 78, of Knoxville, Illinois died on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 5:20 P.M. at Marigold Health Care Center in Galesburg, Illinois.
He was born on February 23, 1932 in Marietta, Illinois, the son of Guy Jefferson and Mable Lola Ault McDermet.
He married D. Jeanette Bishop on May 7, 1954 in Abingdon, Illinois.
She survives of Knoxville, Illinois.
Also surviving are:
Daughter: Theresa (Randy) Roberts of Knoxville, Illinois
Son: William Todd (Dianna) McDermet of Huntersville, North Carolina
Grandchildren: Whitney Roberts of Galesburg, Illinois, Dylan Roberts of Knoxville, Illinois, Joshua (Melissa) Essman of Huntersville, North Carolina and Matthew Essman of Huntersville, North Carolina
Sisters: Patsy Ferris of Galesburg, Illinois and Judy (Gordon) French of Phoenix, Arizona
Brothers: Charles (Pam) McDermet of Avon, Illinois and John (Vivian) McDermet of Gilson, Illinois
Preceded in death by his parents; infant brother: Frank; infant sister: Audrey McDermet; one brother: Gerald; and three sisters: Melba Plasters, Shirley Ward and Wilma Palimter
He was raised and educated in Roseville, Illinois.
He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War from June 10, 1950 until June 11, 1952 serving on the USS Helena. He received the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.
He worked at Maytag Corporation in Galesburg, Illinois retiring as plant manager of Plant 2 after 43 years. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and served as president from 1968 until 1970.
He was a member of the First Christian Church of Knoxville, Illinois.
He was a member of Pacific Masonic Lodge #66, AF & AM of Knoxville, Illinois; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Peoria; and the Mohammed Shrine of Peoria, Illinois.
He was an avid golfer and republican.
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Christian Church in Knoxville, Illinois with Masonic Services preceding the services. Rev. David Shreeves officiating. There will be no visitation.
Inurnment in Knoxville Cemetery in Knoxville, Illinois with Military Rites conducted by the Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #285 of Galesburg, Illinois.
Memorials may be made to the Knoxville Christian Church or the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made and sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.