DECATUR -- William Frederick “Bill” Boss, Sr, 74, of Decatur, passed away at 9:50 am Friday, December 1, 2017, at Decatur Memorial Hospital of pneumonia after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Bill was born in Decatur on July 2, 1943 in Decatur to Cleo R. and M. Katherine Boss. Bill joined the United States Marine Corps in 1960, where he served as a communications operator with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines both in Camp Pendleton and deployed in Okinawa, Japan. Bill was honorably discharged as a Lance Corporal in 1964 and returned to Decatur to work at Firestone. He later married Cheryl Butler of Decatur in December, 1968, and had 2 sons, William, Jr and Brian. Bill retired from Firestone in 1995 after 31 years.
Bill was a devout Christian, and attended several churches in Decatur, acting as both a deacon and an elder of the church over the years. Most recently he found his church home at Moundford Free Methodist Church. Bill also served as a member of the Decatur Chapter of the Marine Corps League, and as a Blue and Gold Recruitment Officer for the United States Naval Academy. In retirement, Bill spent his time working and volunteering at the Moundford Free Methodist Food Pantry. The highlight of his retirement was participating in the honor flight program in July 2017. Bill loved God, his family, and the Marine Corps.
Bill is survived by his wife Cheryl, his two sons William, Jr (Christine) of Evansville, IN and Brian (Missy) of Granite City, IL, his brother Larry (Kathy) of Decatur, IL, and 3 grandchildren. Bill is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 AM Friday, December 8, 2017, at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home followed immediately by graveside services and military rites in Graceland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Moundford Free Methodist Church Food Pantry.
The family of William Frederick “Bill” Boss is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave, Decatur, IL. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.