Mr. Billy G. “Bill” Casey, 87, of Kincaid, IL passed away at 11:55 A.M. Saturday, August 2, 2014 in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.
On March 23, 1927 Billy G. Casey was born in Fillmore, IL to Vera (Cearlock) Casey and Harry Casey.
The Casey family moved to Kincaid for work in the coalmines. Bill, played trumpet, ran track and graduated from Kincaid High School. At 17 years old he joined the U.S. Navy. During W.W.II he served on the USS Montauck in the South Pacific, as a First Class Seaman and was part of the invasion of Okinawa. Bill returned home and in 1946 met the love of his life, Patricia Ann Loreth of Taylorville and married her in 1948 at St. Mary’s Church. They were blessed with four daughters and a son Donald who passed at birth. Bill and Patricia celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary September 25, 2013. Bill retired from the Peabody Coal Mine after 42 years. He was a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus 4446, a member of St. Rita’s Parish, Kincaid American Legion post #905, Taylorville V.F.W. post # 4495 He always enjoyed family, cookouts, friends, bowling, the riverboat, and a game of golf, and was most proud of his chili, garlic and bagna. Mr. Casey loved his church, children, grandchildren, hot sauce, growing garlic, vacationing in Florida, playing bocce ball, reading western novels and traveling.
Bill is survived by his wife Patricia of Kincaid, IL 4 daughters Carol Sedlock and husband Gary of Kincaid, IL Susan Torricelli of Taylorville, IL Barbara Conrath husband Rick of Lombard, IL Brenda Kennett husband Bill of Chatham, IL 5 grandchildren Casey Dively and husband Josh, Kyle Kennett, Ryan Kennett, Kevin Conrath and Meagan Conrath and a great grandchild Marley Dively along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Vera and Harry, a son Donald Lee Casey, 2 sisters Saphrona and Becky and a brother Halden.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 6, 2014 in St. Rita Catholic Church, Kincaid. Fr. Alan Hunter will officiate. Burial with full military honors by Taylorville V.F.W. Post #4495 and the U.S. Navy along with a short service by the retired coal miners will immediately follow the funeral mass at Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, IL. Visitation for Mr. Casey will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. Tuesday August 5, 2014 in Masterson Funeral Home, Kincaid. A short prayer service will begin the visitation at 4:45 P.M.
Memorials in memory of Mr. Bill Casey may be made to St. Rita’s Catholic Church Kitchen Fund – PO Box 439 – Kincaid, IL 62540 or the American Cancer Society – 675 E. Linton Ave. – Springfield, IL 62703-5902.