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William “Bill” Zuehlke, 78, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Sun City Center, Fla.  

He was married on April 19, 1965, to his wife, Kathleen (Hays), and they enjoyed 55 wonderful years together.  

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Bill grew up in Chicago, Ill., graduating from Morgan Park High School. He was a 1965 graduate of Southern Illinois University and received a Masters of Education from Northern Illinois University. Bill had a distinguished 40-year career in public education, serving as a teacher, principal and then as a Superintendent. Throughout his career he exhibited the highest level of character, integrity and leadership and was respected for his deep commitment to improving America’s public education system.  

Bill and Kathy moved to Rantoul when Bill became the Superintendent at the Thomasboro School District, and continued to live there for 23 years. They moved to Sun City Center in 2019 to enjoy their retirement in Florida’s warm climate. Bill loved traveling, bridge and reading a good book.

Bill is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughters, Christine (Heri) and Lisa (Salgado); his son-in-laws, James Heri and Reene Salgado; and his grandchildren, Joshua, Danielle, Alicia, Bryan, Enrique and Carolyn.  

A memorial service will be held in 2021 in Rantoul, Ill.  

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be sent to The Education Trust at

Arrangements entrusted to National Cremation and Burial Society, Ruskin, FL

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