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William “Bill” Joseph Markello

William “Bill” Joseph Markello, 87, of Canton, passed away at 11:07 AM on Friday, July 19, 2019 at his residence. He was born on December 13, 1931 in Arthur, Missouri, a son of Joseph Jim and Lois Mildred (Smith) Markello. He married Alice Rose Black on May 3, 1952 at the Mount Pleasant Church in rural Lewistown. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Joseph A. Markello of Canton; Amber Alicia Schenck of Valparaiso, Indiana; John E. (Jenni) Markello of Canton; eight grandchildren, Macie and Jake Markello, Ryder, Reece, Krayton, and Greyson Schenck, and Sydney, and Parker Markello; one sister, Genevieve Friedrich of Canton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, John O. Markello, and one sister, Fern Kaps.

Bill retired from Caterpillar Inc. as a Senior Development Engineer after 43 years of service, was a member of the Masonic Lodge AF&AM #104 in Lewistown for over 50 years, member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Lewistown, and member of the American Legion Post # 16 in Canton. He attended Evangelical Free Church in Canton.

Bill was a United States Navy veteran, serving his country during the Korean War from 1951-1955 aboard the U.S.S. Navy Cavalier APA37. He and Rose loved to travel, camping extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. He also enjoyed every aspect of stock car racing.

A memorial visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory, where Masonic rites will be conducted at 7:00 PM. Cremation rites will be accorded. Graveside services and burial will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 26, 2019 at Apple Cemetery in rural Lewistown, where Military Honors will be conducted by the United States Navy. Pastor Will Ferguson will officiate. Memorials can be made to the Mount Pleasant Church in rural Lewistown or Temple Baptist Church in Canton. To leave online condolences or to view Bill’s DVD please visit

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  • Brenda Rose

    Reply July 20, 2019 6:04 pm

    Amber we are so sorry to hear of your Fathers passing. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Your CHS Classmates WE ARE THE CLASS OF 87

  • Marlene Youle

    Reply July 20, 2019 8:20 pm

    Prayers for your family. I knew Bill from Caterpillar. He was a great guy. Was sorry to see this.

  • Deena Sepich

    Reply July 21, 2019 11:20 am

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Bill was a great man.

    Todd and Deena Sepich

  • gloria stockman

    Reply July 21, 2019 1:03 pm

    Bill had a great smile and although he was quiet, his eyes spoke volumes. our condolesnces to his family.

  • Thelma Bovard

    Reply July 21, 2019 9:54 pm

    Rosie, we send you our deepest sympathy for loss of Bill. He recognized me before I knew who he was when we occasionally saw him when we were out to eat. May God give you and your family
    Comfort and Strength at this time.
    Carl and Thelma

  • Carroll & Teresa Draughan

    Reply July 21, 2019 10:00 pm

    Markello family
    We are very saddened of the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. He was an awesome guy that loved you all unconditionally and would do anything for you. Please know you’re all in our thoughts and prayers and if you need anything we are just a hollar away.
    The Draughan Family

  • Fred middleton

    Reply July 23, 2019 10:31 am

    Bill and I were friends in publications for many years and we talked at pubs retirement celebrations every year

  • Tom Hulting

    Reply July 23, 2019 10:43 am

    To the Markello Family and Friends:
    Bill Markello…….One of Caterpillar’s Good Guys. I met Bill in the mid 70s when I worked in Service Publications. Loved his easy going, cheerful personality, and brilliant smile. I respected his technical expertise but most of all I cherished our decades long friendship. During retirement our paths crossed at stock cars races, and our annual Caterpillar Service Retirees Picnic. Will definitely miss our “chats”. Rest in Peace My Dear Friend…..

  • Marilyn Weitzel

    Reply July 23, 2019 11:13 am

    We remember Bill from LONG ago in Service Pubs. Such a mellow and kind person who thoroughly enjoyed his family. Condolences and admiration for all of you.

  • Joe H. McCarty

    Reply July 23, 2019 11:57 am

    Jim Dalton and Joe McCarty, two long time friends of Bill in Service publications at Cat, send our condolences to Bill’s family. He was a very likable person and had a sharp sense of humor. He always had a smile. Jim would have attended his services but has company all this week and is having house repairs. God Bless.


    Reply July 23, 2019 4:08 pm

    To the Markello family:
    You have my sympathy at the loss of Bill. Bill and I travelled many times together on field jobs while working together at Cat. He was a great guy, loved working with him. May your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ sustain you at this time.
    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
    2 Timothy 7-8

  • Jerry & Stacy Dare

    Reply July 24, 2019 10:25 pm

    Joey & family, We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts at this difficult time.

  • Betty Stegmiller

    Reply July 25, 2019 11:11 am

    Rosie: Sorry to hear of Bill’s death. I always enjoyed spending time with you and Bill at the Cavalier reunions.

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