1939 - 2019
Harold William “Bill” Urish, 80, of Pekin, gently passed away in his sleep on the evening of May 13, 2019, at Proctor Hospital.
He was born Nov. 15, 1939, in Pekin to Harold Peter and Mildred (Lohmeier) Urish. In 1962, he married Joanne Elaine Warner and remained a devotedly loving husband until her passing in 2011.
He had an immeasurable love for his son, Harold Edwin “Eddie” Urish; step-children Sherry Aldridge and Robbie Musgrave; grandchildren Whitney, Ellie, Jody, Jamey, Bobby and Brandon; great-grandchildren Hudson, Chase, Lexi, Sydney, Samantha, Johnathan, Josiah and Sophia; and great-great-grandchild Ariana. That love extended to their significant others and all of his lifelong friends including Dick Kelso and John Searle
He never missed a Cubs game nor one of his son’s theatrical performances, and he was just as dedicated to public service. Bill was Timber Township Supervisor for over three decades, as well as a past member and president of the Illini Bluffs Community Unit School Board. Apart from being a lifetime farmer, he was the Eastern Regional Livestock Manager at Louis Dreyfus Corp. - a position that took him all across the globe, most frequently China. From cows, pigs, sheep, and horses to chickens, cats, and dogs, Bill adored and raised a menagerie of creatures during his lifetime as a farmer, though none more important to him than his constant companion Buddy the dog.
Bill’s family is eternally grateful for all the individuals who filled his life with joy and love.
To know Bill was to hear the sincere refrain, “If you need anything, call me.” He lived as a beacon of hard-work, caring and compassion. In death, he is reunited with his brother, Larry; his mother and father; and the love of his life, Joanne.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Glasford United Methodist Church, with a visitation one hour before. The Rev. Ethan Carnes will officiate. Burial will take place at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Glasford.
Please make donations in his name to Illini Bluffs Athletics or to the Glasford United Methodist Church.
To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com.