William “Bill” Downin

Bill DowninWilliam “Bill” Charles Downin, 61, died Dec. 24, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Springfield.

He was born Jan. 16, 1956, in Avon, a son of Edwin and Charlotte Downin. He married Sheila Shehorn on March 17, 1984, in Galesburg. She survives.

Also surviving are two children, Melissa (and Patrick) Pokorny and Grant Downin; his mother, Charlotte Downin; and three siblings, Julie (and Rob) Derry, Chuck (and Maria) Downin and David (and Judy) Downin.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Downin.

He was a 1974 graduate of Roseville High School.

From an early age, he farmed on the family Centennial Farm and later formed a grain and livestock farming partnership with his dad and brother in rural Berwick. After the passing of his dad, Bill farmed independently in Roseville. He then went to work for Fayhee Implement Company in Macomb. He also worked for Laverdiere Construction Company. He then spent the bulk of his career working as a self-employed contractor. He was currently employed as the Assistant Superintendent of Building Maintenance for second shift at Western Illinois University Facilities Management.

He volunteered with the Boy Scout Troop 101. He also was an avid supporter of the VIT Schools and the South Fulton Rebels.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Grand Ballroom in the University Union, 1 University Drive in Macomb, on the campus of Western Illinois University. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. in the Brattain Lounge in the University Union, prior to the Celebration of Life. Shawgo Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Table Grove State Bank: Boy Scout Camp Scholarship, Table Grove State Bank: Building Trades Scholarship; or Table Grove State Bank: Medical Profession Scholarship.

Condolences may be sent to shawgomemorialhome.org.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 1/3/2018


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