VeteranWilliam Hezlep

William "Bill" HezlepWilliam “Bill” C. Hezlep, 70, of Marion, died at 6:20 p.m. July 8, 2016, at Herrin Hospital.

He was born April 16, 1946, in Canton, a son of Carrol and Mary Bolender Hezlep. He married Margaret Hayes on Aug. 3, 1974, in Palama, Ky. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Sarah Hezlep of Champaign; one son, Scott (and Danae) Hezlep of Valparaiso, Ind.; two brothers, Donald (and Debbie) Hezlep of Dixon, Mo., and Mark Hezlep; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Kimberly Hezlep; and an infant brother and brother, David Hezlep.

He grew up on a farm in Ipava and graduated in 1964 from VIT High School in Table Grove. He was an accomplished musician and received his B.S. in Music Education, Illinois State University, in 1968 and M.A. in Music Education, Western Illinois University, in 1978.

He was drafted and subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam from December 1969 through March 1971, where he played trombone in the 266 U.S. Army Band.

During his 35-year career as a band director and music educator, he taught in Easton, Table Grove, Sullivan, Salem and Harrisburg. After he retired from teaching in May 2005, he worked as an income tax preparer for 10 years.

He was an active member of Evergreen Christian Church in Salem, First Christian Church in Harrisburg and Heartland Christian Church in Marion. He enjoyed serving in many ways, including as a deacon and elder.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Heartland Christian Church in Marion with Pastor Greg Gibbs officiating. Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. Military rites will be performed at graveside by the United States Army Honor Guard. Blue Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home / 1704 N. Court St., Marion, IL 62959.

Condolences may be sent to www.bluefuneralhome.com.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 7/13/2016


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