Friday, November 28, 2014

Obit of William J. "Bill" Penicook

Bill is the husband of Joan Hubly
CHAMPAIGN — William J. "Bill' Penicook, 78, of Champaign, formerly of Wellington, died at 4:31 p.m.
Monday (Nov. 24, 2014) of complications from congestive heart failure, at his home surrounded by his
His service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Presbyterian Church, Piper City, with the Rev. Wade Ditty
officiating. Burial will be in Brenton Cemetery, Piper City. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at
Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City. There will also be an hour visitation before the service at the
church on Sunday. Memorials may be made to the Eastern Illinois Food Bank, The Salvation Army or
Presence Hospice.
Bill was born July 3, 1936, in Fairbury, to W.J. and Marguerite Siela Penicook. He graduated from Piper City
High School in Piper City and the IBA School of Banking at Southern Illinois University. He began his
banking career at the Piper City State Bank, where he rose to the position of vice president. He later moved
to Wellington to work at the Wellington State Bank and ended his career in the insurance business, owning
the Penicook Agency in Hoopeston and Milford.
Bill married Rosemarie Fiets on Dec. 27, 1958. She passed away on June 9, 2004.
He married Joan Hubly Rhode on Dec. 26, 2008. She survives.
Other survivors include his children, Mike (Ann) Penicook, Paxton; Julie (Dale) Katterhenry, Homer; Jill
Penicook, Hoopeston; Kaylyn (Jeff) Davis, Thawville; Bob (Rebeka) Rhode, Morton; Pat (Clarissa) Rhode,
Peoria; and Karen (Michael) McPherson, Naperville; 16 grandchildren; his older brother, John (Ruth Ann)
Penicook, Piper City; twin sister, Barb Powell, Channahon; and younger brother, Gordon (Sherry) Penicook,
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and first wife, Rosemarie.
He enjoyed getting together every Sunday with his family and traveling with Rosie and then Joan and with
his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Larry and Nancy Jacobsen. Golfing was another of Bill's passions,
especially with his brother Gordon and their group. He and Joan enjoyed spending winters in Fort Myers,
Fla., and welcomed family and visitors while there.
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