William Hillyer

Posted Online: Jan. 02, 2013, 6:03 pm
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William L. Hillyer, 72, of Bettendorf, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Trinity Bettendorf.
Private family services will be held.
Bill was born Oct. 11, 1940, in Bushnell, Ill., the son of Blake and Letha Helms Hillyer. He married Jacqueline A. Smith Feb. 25, 1961.
Surviving are his wife, Jackie; daughters, Debra L. Posey, Davenport, Lori Vearrier, Terre Haute, Ind., and Robi (Rick) Scheel, Davenport; son, Rodney Vearrier, Colona; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and sister, Sue (Eliseo) Reyes, Moline.


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1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
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