Born: Aug. 10, 1926
Died: Dec. 11, 2019
William J. “Bill” Luallen, age 93, passed away after a brief illness at Hearthstone with JourneyCare Hospice.
He was born the e11th of 12 children to Artie and Alice (Burress) Luallen in Oden, Ind., on Aug. 10, 1926.
At age 18 he was inducted in the Army on Nov. 17, 1944, serving in Europe near the end of WWII.
After the war, Bill and his brother, Logan, drove for and partially owned a trucking company in Woodhull, Ill.
Sept. 10, 1948, Bill married Beverly Anderson in New Windsor, Ill. With their two children, Steven K. and Kristine R., they moved to Woodstock, where Bill completed his 30-year employment with the Michigan Wisconsin Pipe Line (now El Paso Pipe Line). During that time, Beverly passed away on July 20, 1970, after an extended illness.
Dec. 21, 1974, Bill married Mildred Fish, adding David E. and Mary Ann Fish to the family.
Bill was member of Grace Lutheran Church, the NRA, and a 35-year member of the American Gold Wing Association. He and Millie rode many miles with their wonderful motorcycle friends. For over 30 years, they were RV campers between Woodstock and Rockport, Texas, adding dozens of lifelong friends.
One of the greatest highlights of his later years was the day trip to Washington, D.C., with The Honor Flight Chicago.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred; son Steven K. (Margaret) of Osseo, Wis.; daughter Kristine R. (Joe) Thurow of Osseo, Wis.; a bonus son David E. Fish, Port Townsend, WA, a bonus daughter, Mary Ann Fish, Woodstock, Ill.;, brother Logan (Ella Mae) Luallen, Aledo, Ill; sister-in-law Zella (the late Firman) Luallen, Galesburg, Ill.; grandchildren Jason H. (Suzanne) Biel, Leavenworth, Kan., Rebecca (Erik)Berg, Lino Lakes, Minn.; great- grandchildren, Linnea, Garrison and Jackson Biel, Lukin and Norah Berg. He is also survived by countless nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Beverly; six brothers; four sisters; and their spouses.
There will be a graveside memorial in Galesburg, Ill., at a later date.
Charitable donations may be made in Bill’s honor to Grace Lutheran Church, 1300 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Woodstock, IL 60098, or Honor Flight Chicago, 9701 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont, IL 60018.
Bill was a kind, gentle, loving man. He will be missed by all who knew him.