Monday, Jan. 7, 2013

William "Bill" Edward Finnegan, 71, of Sparland, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Cape Coral, Fla.

He was born on Sept. 8, 1941, in Spring Valley, Ill., the son of Edward John and Edith (Clift) Finnegan. He was a graduate of Sparland High School, Class of 1959. He married Janet Augustine in 1961 in Chillicothe, they divorced in 1974. In 1985, he married Linda (Kennedy) Finnegan whom he remained married to until his death.

Surviving are his children, Cheryl (Jaime) Finnegan de Shelley of Mexico City, Mexico, Louise (Jim) Blackmon of Mountain Home, Ark., Shawn Finnegan of Los Angeles, Calif.; six grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Jane (Jim) Mattingly of rural Lacon, Catherine Ann (Ron) Moore of Lacon; his wife, Linda; her daughter Kimberly (William) Buster of Hanna City, Ill., and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Emalee Louise Blackmon.

Bill was a medical administrator at Caterpillar Inc., and retired in 1996 after 32 years of employment. After his retirement he became a bailiff for the Marshall County Sheriff's Department in Lacon, Ill. He was an active member of his community in Hopewell Estates and St. Edwards Church in Chillicothe, Ill.

In 1963, Bill joined the Chillicothe Fire Department. He retired from active duty in 1983, and in 2003 was reinstated as Senior Captain; recruiter, advisor and historian to the fire department.

Throughout his life, Bill was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting. When he wasn't outdoors, you could find him at the coffee shop telling stories with his friends or in his woodworking shop working on his latest project. Bill never met a stranger and many were blessed with his friendship and kindness.

To celebrate his life, the family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, with a prayer service to follow at Weber Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe, Ill. Cremation rites have been accorded. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at St Edwards Church with a lunch to follow at the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Leukemia Research Foundation, 3520 Lake Avenue, Suite 202, Wilmette, IL 60091.

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