He was born July 1, 1916, in Washington, IL the son of John and Teresa (Wissel) Zilch. William married Berniece Aldridge on August 17, 1946 in Piggott, AR and she died June 30, 2001.
Surviving are one daughter, Rebecca (Edward) Sanders and one son, Jerome Zilch both of Peoria; two granddaughters, Tonya (Matt) Helm of Glen Ellen and Shannon Sanders of Peoria; and one sister, Sister Teresa John Zilch of St. Louis, MO.
Also preceding him in death were his parents, seven sisters, and two brothers.
He worked at Keystone Steel & Wire in Bartonville as a Wire Drawer, retiring in 1981 after 35 years service. He owned Zilch’s Coin Wash in Bartonville. He also delivered flowers for Marilyn’s BowK in Bartonville.
William was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church where he sang in the choir. He was a volunteer fireman with the Tuscarora Volunteer Fire Dept and also volunteered for Food Share. He also was a member of the Hollis Grade School Building Committee.
He served in the Army Air Force during WWII from 1941 to 1945.
Services will be Friday, May 18th at 10:00 am at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Peoria where visitation will be an hour prior. Father David C. Heinz will officiate.
Burial, with military honors, will be in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens, Peoria.
Memorials may be made to the Tuscarora Volunteer Fire Dept. or St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.
To view William’s memorial DVD or submit online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
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