William F. “Bill” Died At The Age Of 83

A memorial ceremony will be conducted at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham on Wednesday, 7th December 2022, at Noon. Arborcrest Memorial Park in Effingham will be the site of the funeral. 

He was born in Effingham, Illinois, on 17th January 1939. On 1st December 1957, he married Doris James in Watson Township.

Bill was a devout Christian. He worked for Menard’s for many years as a driver and supervisor for ARC. Bill belonged to Funkhouser United Methodist Church and the Gideons. He was fond of vintage tractors and liked to go to tractor events. He belonged to the County Line Sodbusters. Bill was a skilled carpenter and craftsman. He loved reading and working on unusual items in his wood shop. Bill was a people person who liked chatting with everyone and spending time with his family.

His parents, Olen and Lucille Percival and his sister, Betty (Percival) Ruffner. His father and mother-in-law and Lee and Nellie James predeceased him.

Career Path William F. “Bill”

In 1950, his mentor, William F. “Bill” Oxford, authorized him to join a Royal Geographical Society and London Alpine Club expedition to the Nepal Himalayas, partly as a climber and somewhat to study land uses and soil erosion. The expedition’s leader, H. W. Tilman, lauded Bill’s climbing skills, noting that he only stopped short of the expedition’s primary goal, the 7,525-meter-tall Annapurna IV, when he ran out of companions. This achievement was eclipsed, however, when he caught poliomyelitis while working in Nepal’s lowlands.

His PhD was revoked due to his lengthy rehabilitation in England. Still, his later lectureships at University College in His academic career were not adversely harmed at the University of Canterbury, where he was recognized for his involvement with students. His participation in land conservation was not confined to his initial position. His interest in land conservation did not end with his initial appointment to the Mount Cook National Park Board from 1955 to 1960.

Reason for his death

William F. “Bill” Percival was 83 of Effingham, Illinois, and died on Wednesday, 30th November 2022, at Lakeland Rehabilitation Health Care Center in Effingham, surrounded by his family. Effingham’s Doris Percival.

His sons, Fred (Tonna) Percival of rural Effingham and Darren (Heather) Percival of rural Mason. Mindy (Kris) McClelland, his granddaughter of rural Mason. Chad (significant other, Rylee Case), Percival, His grandson from rural Effingham, Ivy, his great-granddaughter, and a slew of nieces, nephews, and relatives live.

Bill is survived by his wife of Effingham, Doris Percival; his youngest son, Fred (Tonna) Percival of rural Effingham, but also Darren (Heather) Percival of remote Effingham; granddaughter, Mindy (Kris) McClelland of remote Mason; grandson, Chad (significant other, Rylee Case) Percival of rural Effingham; and a large number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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