Bartonville – William J. “Bill” Stockham Jr., 93, of Bartonville, IL, formerly of Farmington, IL, passed away at 6:07 PM on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Farmington County Manor. He was born on January 9, 1926 in Virden, IL to William J. and Mary (Harris) Stockham Sr. He first married Anne Gucene on July 9, 1961 in Farmington, IL, she preceded him in death, he then married Shirley (Montle) Boers on February 14, 2005 in Peoria, IL, she survives.
Also surviving are four step-children, Linda (Doug) Nevitt of Peoria, Cathi (Larry) Thomason of Mapleton, IL, H.F. “Chip” Boers III of Bartonville, IL, and Rob Boers of Mahomet, IL; ten step-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Laverne German of Farmington, IL; and several nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, one step-daughter, Merri “Chris” Boers-Trunk; and one brother, Robert Stockham.
Bill graduated from Farmington High School. He retired in 1987 working as an operating engineer for the Local 649 in Peoria, IL. Bill was a lifelong member of the Farmington Moose Lodge 1571 where he was a past governor, he was also a member of the American Legion Post 140 and the VFW Post 4724.
Bill served in the United States Army during World War II South Pacific and Korea in the 40th and 7th Infantry Divisions.
Privates graveside services with military honors will be held at Oakridge Cemetery in Farmington, IL. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded with Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville, IL. Memorials can be made to the Greater Peoria Area Honor Flight. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com