Mr. William A. "Bill" Styler Jr., 88, of Sunset Home in Quincy, formerly of Plainville, Illinois, passed away at 12:30 p.m. Sunday (October 5, 2014) in Sunset Home.
Born April 3, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, Bill was the son of William A. and Mary E. Keck Styler Sr.. He married Betty Lou Miller on January 24, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois. She preceded him in death on January 31, 2007.
Bill's Catholic Faith played an important role in life, serving as an altar boy until he was 17 years old when he joined the U. S. Navy. Bill served as a fire controlman aboard the USS Tuscana during WW II.
Following the service, Bill was a fireman for the Chicago & Northwest Railroad, and later was a fire fighter for Engine Company 98 for the city of Chicago. In 1965, Bill moved to California where he was employed as a Fire Safety Engineer, traveling the world for various companies in his career. He retired in 1992 and he and Betty Lou moved back to Illinois, purchasing what became the Styler Orchard in Plainville. Bill loved tending to the orchard and helping many organizations by donating apples to them. Bill will be rememberd for making "the best apple cider around".
Bill loved nature and being outdoors, and was an avid fisherman who taught everyone in his family how to fish. He never quit learning or teaching others, especially about history. Bill had a soft heart for children and animals, and supported many different organizations to help their efforts. He also enjoyed cooking, collecting Native American artifacts, and had a playful spirit, telling stories, many of them becoming "Tall Tales" over the years.
Survivors include a daughter, Susan Lee Styler of Fullerton, CA; four grandchildren, Tim Anderson of Plainville, IL, Scott Anderson (Karen) of Belle Plaine, MN, Lauren E. Styler and Ryan A. Styler both of Denver, CO; a brother, John Styler of Palatine, IL; a sister, Mary Margaret Dwyer of Chicago, IL; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Mr. Styler was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty; a son, William Styler III; and a daughter, Judith Ann Collins.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 9:30 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church by Monsignor Michael Kuse.
Graveside services with Military Honors by the Barry American Legion Post 222 and the U. S. Navy Funeral Honors Detail will be Friday afternoon at 1:30 in the Kinderhook Cemetery in Kinderhook, Illinois.
Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 and Friday morning until the time of services at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Quincy Humane Society or the St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital.