Wilfred Laley

Wilfred Laley

TUSCOLA – Wilfred G. "Bill" Laley, 86, of Tuscola passed away at 1:54 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 7, 2018) at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Forty Martyrs Catholic Church, 201 E. Van Allen St., Tuscola, with the Rev. Angel Sierra officiating. Burial with military rites accorded will follow in the Tuscola Township Cemetery, Tuscola.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. with a 4 p.m. prayer service on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 S. Main St., Tuscola.

Bill was born Jan. 31, 1932, in rural Philo, the son of Rudolph and Florence (Decker) Laley. He married Shirley A. Zane April 12, 1958, in Tuscola. She preceded him in death on August 21, 2006.

He is survived by three sons, Steven (Laurie) Laley of Spring, Texas, Robert (Susan) Laley of Mahomet and Richard (Sue) Laley of Tuscola; a daughter, Patricia (Duncan) McHugh of Roscoe; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren with three additional great-grandbabies soon to arrive; four sisters, Ruth Buck of Armstrong, twin sister Wilma McClain of Philo, Eloise Kennedy of Tuscola and Betty Biggs of Columbus, Ohio; and a sister-in-law, Joannie Jacobs of Rardin.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Joe Laley and Carl Laley.

Bill was passionate about his carpentry all his life. He retired from Cabot Corp., where he worked as a maintenance technician. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Bill was a member of Forty Martyrs Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Tuscola American Legion Post 27, and Bill and Shirley were founding members of the Tuscola Pow Wows. They enjoyed volunteering with the Peace Meal program, and he enjoyed sharing lunches and cards with the coffee crowd at the Senior Center also. He was a TCHS, Fighting Illini and St. Louis Cardinal fan.

Bill never hesitated to pick up a hammer to help someone with a project, whether it was at parks, playgrounds, local schools or at FMCC. Bill and Shirley were most proud of their grandchildren's accomplishments, whether it was from sports, music and theater, military or to their personal achievements. He was a wealth of knowledge about his family's history, and he rarely missed an opportunity for any reunion.

Memorials are suggested to the Forty Martyrs Catholic Church, Tuscola Peace Meal Program, Tuscola Pow Wows or the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be shared via hilligossshraderfh.com

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