PRINCETON — William N. "Bill" Etheridge, 86, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at Liberty Village in Princeton.
Bill was born on Dec. 25, 1927, in DePue to James and Gladys (Nodine) Etheridge. He married Joyce Rosella Shofner in Tiskilwa on July 31, 1953. She preceded Bill in death.
He graduated from New Bedford High School in 1945 and went to work as an auto mechanic for Jaquets Garage in Manlius from 1946 to 1950. In 1951 Bill entered the U.S. Army, serving as a sergeant with the 2998th Engineer Treadway Bridge Company in the Korean War and discharged as a Bronze Star Medal recipient. Upon his return, Bill acquired his Real-estate Brokers' License and his Auctioneers License. As an auctioneer, Bill's truest occupation, he set several state auction records. He was a lifetime member of the Illinois Auctioneers' Association and a member of the Knights of Pythius. Bill was also a farmer "by hobby" later in life but maintained a lifetime membership with the Farm Bureau as well. Bill was a member of the First Christian Church of Princeton.
Bill is survived by three sons, Terry (Karlyn) Etheridge of Eau Claire, Wis., and Michael and Gary Etheridge, both of Princeton. Surviving also are two brothers, Gail Etheridge of Rock Falls and (James) "Junior" Etheridge of California; two grandchildren, Talya and Tyler Etheridge of Eau Claire, Wis.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce; one son, Timothy; and two brothers, Dean and Bob.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton with the Rev. Karl Johnson of the First Christian Church officiating. Military rites will be accorded at Oakland Cemetery, Princeton, following the service.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at the funeral home.
The family wishes to convey their thanks and appreciation for their help to the staff at Liberty Village in Princeton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.