William (Bill) Lagerhausen, age 88, passed away peacefully June 24, 2020, at his home with his family by his side.
He was born May 19, 1932, to Marvin and Ruth (Bade) Lagerhausen. He married the love of his life, Peggy Thornton, Febr. 6, 1965.
His early years were spent on his family’s truck farm in Bensenville and later on their dairy farm in Woodstock.
He graduated from Woodstock High School and was drafted into the Army, where he served during the Korean War. After serving, he spent his time playing basketball and softball, where he was instrumental in starting the Woodstock fast-pitch softball league. One of his best memories was when his team won the Chicago Metro Tournament. He also enjoyed golfing and following high school and college basketball. He was a diehard Cubs fan. You could also find him in the mornings at McDonald’s with friends.
He worked as a painter and decorator. His biggest enjoyment in life was spending time with his family. He loved traveling, especially to Florida with his three children and later with the grandchildren. He was an 18-year master mason of St. Mark’s Lodge No. 63. He also belonged to the VFW, Farm Bureau, and was a 4-H leader for over 45 years.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Peggy (Thornton) Lagerhausen; his three children, Tim (Lacey), Rick (Beth), and Pam (Keith); 10 grandchildren, Morgen (Aaron), Reilly, Bridget (Austyn), Mikaela, Colin, Kyle, Laura, A.J., Luke, and Sydney; four great-grandchildren, Mason, Waylon, Jameson, and Valorie; his brother, Marvin (Marlenen) Lagerhausen; sister, Mary Payne; sister-in-law, Marion; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Bob, Henry, and Walter.
Burial will be Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 11 a.m. at McHenry County Memorial Park Cemetery, 11301 U.S. 14 Frontage Road, Woodstock, IL 60098.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McHenry County Shrine Club, 789 McHenry Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098. The money will go to the Shriners Children Hospital.
For information, call the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin and Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710 or see the website at slmcfh.com.