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William Tolle

June 10, 1948 — August 22, 2016

William L. “Bill” Tolle, 68, of Rushville, passed away at 11:57 AM, Monday, August 22, 2016, at his home.

He was born on June 10, 1948, in Rushville, Illinois, the son of the late J.R. and Marjorie (Fuqua) Tolle.  He married Lydia Spates on May 1, 2004 at the Phoenix Opera House in Rushville and she survives.

Also surviving are two sons Lonnie Tolle of Webster City, Iowa and Chris Tolle and wife Linda of McHenry, Illinois, four grandchildren Jacob, Hannah, and Matthew Tolle and Zachary Tolle, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Barb Tolle and Marian Fretueg and husband Mike all of Rushville, niece and nephews Michelle Pate and husband Matt, Beau Fretueg and wife Rachelle, and Gregory Fretueg and wife Whitney, great nephews and niece Maddox and McKinley Pate, and Reed, Bennett, and Carter Fretueg , his aunt Joanne Grate of Rushville and several cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, step father Eldon Beghtol and brother Edward Tolle.

A 1966 graduate of Rushville High School, Bill earned his Bachelor’s Degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1970.  He worked as a chemical engineer with G.D. Searle and later Kraft Foods.  He retired in 2002 as Vice President of Iowa Beef Processing.

Bill was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville and the Rushville Masonic Lodge #9 A.F. & A.M..  He served on the board of Culbertson Memorial Hospital and the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation.  He was a fan of the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.  He enjoyed golfing and was an avid reader.  He was very meticulous and organized.  He enjoyed family vacations and took great pains to have every aspect planned.  Family was very important to Bill, from his children and grandchildren to his extended family, he cared deeply of all.  He even learned to love the cats that would become part of his household.

Services will be at 10:30 AM, Friday, August 26, 2016, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with David Haney officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thursday, August 25, 2016, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation.


Charitable donations may be made to:

Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation
238 South Congress, Rushville IL 62681
Tel: 1-217-322-4321



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