Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, at Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, Port Byron. Burial will be at the Cordova Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family.
Bill was born on July 17, 1934, in Moline, the son of Raymond and Adrienne VanBeveren Churchill. He married Lila Jordan on June 29, 1963. Bill retired from John Deere Davenport Works, UAW Local 281 in 1997. He also worked for the village of Cordova and other nearby villages in maintaining their water and sewer utilities. He served the village of Cordova as mayor and was a firefighter for the Cordova and Port Byron fire departments.
Bill enjoyed bowling and watching the Bears and Cubs. He was a genuinely good guy who was always willing to lend a hand to others.
He is survived by his five children (and their spouses), Brenda (Steve) Kachelhoffer, Winter, Wis., Shelley Strombach, Cordova, Ray (Andrea) Churchill, Albany, Steve Churchill, Cordova, and Lori Knight, Cordova; grandchildren, Anne Kachelhoffer, Matthew (Rachel) Kachelhoffer, Heather Richardson, Denny Owen Jr., Annette (Paul) Schallaci, Michael (Chelsea) Churchill, Christopher Churchill, Jessica Johnson, Brandon Churchill, Dagon Churchill, Ashley Bennett and Justin Bennett; three great-grandchildren; sister, Beverly Lemke; stepsister, Betty Ann Stephens; and stepbrother, Ronnie Stephens. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lila; daughter, Dana Bennett Douglas; brother, Richard Stephens; and son-in-law, Sid Strombach.
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