Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home, Macomb, Ill. Private graveside services will be held at Scott Cemetery in Bethel Township with the Rev. Gordon Blankenship officiating.
He was born on Oct. 6, 1940, in Avon, Ill., to William Kenneth Sr. and Florence Lubinski Bearce. He married Dianna Dillinger on Sept. 24, 2002, in Monmouth..
Bill lived in Bushnell before moving to the Quad-Cities. He worked as a mill operator for Alcoa for 18 years before retiring in 2002. He was an Air Force veteran serving from 1957 to 1963.
He was an avid bowler, enjoyed golfing and was a big sports fan of the Fighting Illini, Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Dodgers.
He is survived by his wife; nine children, Kelly Bearce, Arizona, Tammy Hiel, Bushnell, Theresa Statler, Augusta, Ill., Cindy Shepler, Augusta, Greg Allen, Quincy, Ill., Jerry Allen, Littleton, Ill., Teresa Link, LaHarpe, Tami Hayes, Parkville, Mo., and Trent Hopping, Blandinsville, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and 13 brothers and sisters, Jo Ulm, London Mills, Ill., Bertie Ford, Bushnell, Betty Rhodes, Macon, Mo., Dorothy Wright, Oquawka, Barb Gardner, Bloomington, Ill., Frank Bearce, Illinois City, Keith Bearce, Abingdon, Dick "Byrd" Bearce, Galesburg, Richonda Peters, Monmouth, Patti Sue Johnson, Galesburg, Bobby Bearce, Macomb, Maggie Hillary, Abingdon and Rita Hall, Galesburg. He was preceded in death by his parents.
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