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William J. Black

Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 9:57 a.m. CDT

COAL CITY, Ill. — Mr. William J. "Bill" Black, 90, of Coal City, Ill., passed away Saturday afternoon, March 16, 2013, at Heritage Health in Dwight.

Born Aug. 1, 1922, in Morris, Bill was a son of the late James A. and Margaret Haggerty-Black. He was raised and educated in Morris.

Bill was a World War II veteran and honorably served in the United States Army from 1942 until 1946. He received two campaign medals, as well as the victory medal prior to his discharge.

On Jan. 12, 1952, Bill married Mary Cushing in Morris and together they lived most of their married life in Coal City. He was employed by Stone House Electric and was a member of the Electrician’s Local. Bill will be remembered as a very social guy who loved race horses and playing Lotto.

Survivors include his stepson, James (Aldeene) Gale of Wilmington, Ill.; two grandchildren, Cindy Mansfield of Naperville, Ill., and Sheri (Steve) Smith of Joliet, Ill.; four great-grandchildren, Alexis and Taylor Mansfield and Brianne and Gavin Smith; one sister, Ruth Black; and one brother, Alan Black.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary; a son, William “Billy” Black; one sister, Evelyn Dyson; and one brother, James Black.

The family was to receive friends on Monday, March 18, from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at noon in Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois 113) in Coal City. Deacon Don Dyer will officiate, and burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Bill's memory to the Coal City Food Pantry.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to the family by logging onto www.ReevesFuneral.com.

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes Ltd. in Coal City. For additional information, call (815) 634-2125.

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