William Arnold “Bill” Binger, Jr., age 94, of Mendon, Illinois, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2023, at 8:35 AM at his home. He was born on January 18, 1929, in Quincy, Illinois the son of William Arnold and Helen Gertrude Adair Binger, Sr. He married Patricia M. Wilde on November 11, 1948, in Quincy, Illinois. He often referred to his wife as his co-pilot. She preceded him in death on September 15, 2017.
Survivors include two sons: Dan (Sondra) Binger of Coatsburg, Illinois and Rick (Michele) Binger of Mendon, Illinois;
five grandchildren: Jeremy (Libby) Binger, Dylan Binger, Brandon (Shelby) Giesing, Becky Binger, and Craig (Kenzie) Binger;
great grandchildren: Allison Binger, David Giesing, Brantley Giesing, Cooper Giesing, Hayzley Pickle, and Huxley Binger.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Binger, and two sisters: Irene Calder and Lenore “Noranne” King.
Bill attended Dewey Elementary School and Quincy High School, Quincy, Illinois, where he was an excellent baseball player. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates Farm Team where he excelled as catcher, center fielder, and batter.
Bill served in the US Army and was deployed to Korea where he received a Korean Service Ribbon with a Bronze Star. He attended the Honor Flight and was named the Mendon Unity High School Special Veteran of 2022. He farmed in the area and owned and operated Binger Quarry in Ursa, Illinois from 1978 through 2000. He was also skilled as a bricklayer and in concrete construction.
Bill and his wife enjoyed Native American artifact hunting. He had been responsible for donating and moving the historical log cabin to Highway 96 in Ursa. He loved his family and the time they spent together.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at 11:00 AM at St. Edwards Catholic Church, Mendon, Illinois with Father Scott Snider as officiant. Burial will follow immediately at Ellington Presbyterian Cemetery, Ellington, Illinois, with full military honors by the Bear Creek American Legion #823.
Visitation will be held Thursday at 9:00 AM until the time of the service at the church.
Memorials have been established for: Quincy Blessing Hospice or the Bear Creek American Legion #823.
Memories and condolences can be shared at www.triplettfuneralhomes.com.
Triplett Funeral Homes of Mendon is in charge of arrangements.