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William McLaughlin

October 26, 1934 — April 16, 2021

William McLaughlin

MORTON – William W. “Bill” McLaughlin, 86, of Morton, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021, at Reflections Memory Care in Morton.

He was born on October 26, 1934, in Bloodland, Mo., to Newton and Dolly (Firestine) McLaughlin. He married Janet Matheny in Morton, Ill., on June 21, 1958.

Surviving are his wife, Janet McLaughlin of Morton; children, Beth Ann (Sig Bjorklund) McLaughlin of Decatur, Ill., and Brent (Karen) McLaughlin of Miami Shores, Fla.; five grandchildren, Melanie (Garrett) Long, Meghan (Daniel) Riegerix, Josiah (Chloee) McLaughlin, and Sierra and Keenan McLaughlin; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Charlotte Rust of Cabool, Mo.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Bill was a US Army veteran, having served in the Korean War. He worked as a general contractor/carpenter and real estate agent in Morton, retiring in 1988.

Bill was a former member of Morton Rotary Club, Morton Kiwanis, and Morton Jaycees, and he also volunteered with We Care, Inc. in Morton. He was a member of Peoria First United Methodist Church and participated in Neutral Ground (HIV/AIDS Ministry), Loaves & Fish, and Book Buddy Ministries, all at the church. Bill enjoyed fishing and also enjoyed meeting with Partakers Bible Study Group in Morton.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at Peoria First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Beth Ann McLaughlin, Rev. Sigurd Bjorklund, and Rev. Meghan Riegerix officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m., prior to the service at the church. Social distancing guidelines will be observed during the visitation and funeral service and masks are required. Burial will be at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria, with Military Funeral Honors conducted by the US Army.

Memorials may be made to Branches Ministry, where Bill's son Brent is Executive Director, at 11500 NW 12th Ave., Miami, FL 33168.

Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.

To view Bill’s online video tribute or to leave a condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.

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Past Services

Visitation

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

10:00 - 10:45am

First United Methodist Church

116 NE Perry Ave., Peoria, IL 61550

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Starts at 11:00am

First United Methodist Church

116 NE Perry Ave., Peoria, IL 61550

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