William J. Knowlton


LA MOILLE - William J. “Bill” Knowlton, 67, of LaMoille, died unexpectedly Feb. 23, 2019 at OSF Saint Anthony’s Hospital, Rockford.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 at First United Methodist Church, Mendota with Rev. Mary Bohall officiating. Burial will be at Restland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota. A Celebration of Life will be held at Mendota VFW Post 4079 at 2 p.m. the day of the funeral.

Bill was born Feb. 8, 1952 in Mendota to Duane H. and Ida C. (Greenwold) Knowlton. He married Kathy Bauer on March 25, 1981 in Ottawa.

Survivors include his wife of LaMoille; two daughters, Rachel Green of Mendota and Staci Forbes (Kenny Shrimplin) of LaMoille; one son, Andrew (Amber) Knowlton of LaMoille; four brothers, Delbert Knowlton of Mendota, Larry (Martha) Knowlton of Olney, Gerald “Pete” (Linda) Knowlton and Kevin (Lori) Knowlton, both of Mendota; five sisters, Marlene (Jim) Sloan of Mendota, Beverly (Jim) Muzzarelli of Cherry, Barbara Heinzeroth of Mendota, Marilyn (Ronald) Hopps of LaMoille and Kathie (Kent) Biederstedt of Mendota; five grandchildren, Ragen, Abram, Karli, Kenzi and Aria; one great-grandson, Jensen; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Charlotte Walker, Janet Blackwell and Connie Drummer; and one brother, Donald Knowlton.

Bill live in Mendota most of his life and graduated from Mendota High School in 1970. He worked at GTE, Hulcher’s, Wayside Press, Carpenters Union Local 272 with W. E O’Neil and Continental Builders. He was a member of the Mendota Golf Club and VFW Auxiliary and was past president of the VFW Men’s Auxiliary. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, card games and his family.

Memorials may be directed to the Arthritis Foundation or donor’s choice.

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