MORTON - William O. "Bill" Maibach, 73, of Morton, passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria, surrounded by his entire family.
Bill was born on October 18, 1945, in Peoria, to William G. and Juanita (Blossom) Maibach. He married Pamela Dillon on November 4, 1966, in Peoria. They shared the best years of their lives together in their 52 years of marriage, as best friends, and completed each other. She survives.
Bill was a loving and fun father to his daughters, Shelly Arvin and Mindy Darcy, whom he cherished and loved with all his heart. He loved his sons-in-law, Chris Arvin and Dave Darcy, as his own sons. He was the proud and involved grandpa to ten grandchildren, Kyle (Jourdan) and Jordan (Kelsey) Arvin, Hannah (Zach) Arvin/Ham, Emma, Meghan, Nicholas, Benjamin, Jake, Tate and Kaden Darcy. He adored his great grandchildren, Margot Arvin and Bill Arvin, his namesake. He is also survived by his brother, Tom (Jan) Maibach. He loved his kitties, Poppy and Lindy, and they loved him.
Bill retired from Caterpillar after 34 years with a career in purchasing. He returned to Caterpillar, working on special projects for 9 years with a group of retirees known as "the oak trees." He was an avid gardener who loved sitting on his back deck reading a book or listening to his World Series Champion Cardinals and enjoying the fruits of his labor. If he wasn't on his back deck, you could find him on the golf course or being "Mr. Busy", running errands.
Bill was the ultimate family man. He loved to be anywhere his family was, especially on the beaches of 30A. He wouldn't miss a single sporting event, school program, church play, art show, awards ceremony, birthday or musical performance. He was the quintessential proud dad and grandpa. He was also the family prankster and always made everyone laugh. Bill was the creator of countless family memories.
A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019, at Grace Church, in Morton, with Pastor Jonathan Farrell officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, and also from 9:30 -10:15 a.m. on Friday, prior to the service, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or TAPS Animal Shelter.
SEP 12. 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)
Knapp - Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center
140 S. Detroit Ave.
Morton, IL, 61550
SEP 13. 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM (CDT)
1325 E. Jefferson St.
SEP 13. 10:30 AM (CDT)
1325 E. Jefferson St.