1925 - 2016
William J. “Bill” Eisler, 91, of Pekin, passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, at Morningside of Pekin.
He was born Oct. 1, 1925, in Chicago to William John and Frances Victoria Dobosz Eisler.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Lawrence Eisler, Bearnice Adee, Frances Olson and Florence Tyler.
Bill is survived by his wife, Beverly; his children, Gayle (Don) Bartell, Nancy (Jack) Thompson and William Russell (Mary) Eisler; his grandchildren, Daniel (Will) Bartell, Deborah (Jan) Bartell Hochdorffer, Andrew (Ruth) Thompson, Amy Thompson, William Charles (Laura) Eisler and Beth Eisler (Brad) Evans. He also has four great-grandchildren, Taylor Thompson, Nola Thompson, William Jack Eisler and Grayson Evans.
Bill graduated from Calumet High School in Chicago in 1943. After high school, he worked for Doolittle Radio in Chicago, and attended Armour Institute for electronical engineering. In 1944, he enlisted in the Navy and served until the end of the war. He was a Radio Man 1st Class on the mine sweeper, USS Garland. After the war, he took a job at Kellogg Switchboard & Supply in Chicago, where he met Beverly “Bev” Jean Gasaway. They were married Nov. 4, 1948, in Wheaton. Bill and Bev recently celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary.
In 1952, Bill took a job with Argonne National Laboratories in Lemont, in the Biology Division, where he worked for 37 years, retiring in 1990. At Argonne, he received three patents for the Nephelostat, Radio Chromatic Scanner and Small Mammal Feeder.
Before moving to Pekin, Bill and Bev had homes in Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Bartlett and Darien. For many years, Bill was an amateur radio operator, making contacts all over the world. His call letters were W9MKJ.
Bill loved his house and yard, feeding the birds, his Men’s Club in Clarendon Hills, and could fix anything and everything. He was an avid Cub fan all his life, and was thrilled with their World Series win! Bill and Bev were residents of Morningside of Pekin for the past 13 months.
A memorial service will be at Community Presbyterian Church, 39 N. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills at a future date. The family will be greeting friends and relatives after the service.
At Bill’s request, cremation has been accorded.
Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the American Cancer Society.
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