William Rider


ATHENS - William “Bill” Rider, 74, of Athens, formerly of Mendota and Lena, passed away Sept. 19, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Athens United Methodist Church with Rev. Cindy Rettig officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service on Oct. 19 at the church.

An additional visitation will be held in Mendota on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 1-3 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Mendota immediately followed by a Memorial Service at the church with Rev. Gary Rich officiating. Burial will be at Restland Cemetery in Mendota at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. Mott and Henning Funeral Home is assisting the Rider family.

Bill was born Aug. 28, 1945 in Mendota to Ralph and Zelda Kleckner–Rider. He married Paula Mann on Dec. 3, 1967 in Mendota.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Sandy (Jeff) Eisenmann; one daughter-in-law, Cathy Rider; four grandsons, Garrett and Griffin Rider and Zach and Aaron Eisenmann; three sisters, Helen Algiere, Judy (Swede) Svendsen and Barb (Jerry) Klatt; one brother-in-law, Duane Fassig; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Scott Rider; and one sister, Peggy Fassig.

Bill worked at Conco Inc. in Mendota for 25 years. He also worked at Elkay in Lanark for 13 years. He later worked at Central Illinois Allergy and Respiratory Clinic in Springfield, where he retired after 12 years. He was the Cub Scout Master – Pack 108 of Mendota and a volunteer fireman on the Troy Grove Fire Department. He was also a board member of Lena Fire Department and a member of the Lions Club in Athens and Lena where he was a Melvin Jones Fellow. He was a 50-year member of the Mendota Elks and Mendota Masonic Lodge. He was also involved in establishing, building and maintaining the BMX track in Mendota where he enjoyed announcing races. In his retirement, he loved to maintain his lawn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

Online condolences can be made at www.mottandhenning.com.

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