PRINCETON — William J. “Bill” Rokey, 79, of Princeton passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, surrounded by his family.
Bill was born May 4, 1939, to William P. and Ivy (Nelson) Rokey. He married Jolene Roberts on Dec. 28, 1984, in Peoria.
He was a truck driver for more than 50 years, driving over the road until his retirement. After retirement he continued trucking by hauling grain for Don Stoner.
Bill was an avid stock car enthusiast, owning several stock cars over the years, and was CEO of RBR Racing. He enjoyed riding his Harley, hanging out in his garage and recently became an avid Facebook user. His best times were spent with family and friends, he loved life and anything that involved speed. Bill was one-of-a-kind and will be sadly missed.
Bill is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jolene; four children, Kevin Rokey of Michigan, Kimberly Rokey of Princeton, Kory (Sara) Rokey of Princeton and Travis Rokey of Bloomington; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Per Bill’s request, there will be no services at this time. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 4, at the Hawg House Saloon in Princeton, starting at 3 p.m. All are welcome to join the family in celebrating his life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for charitable distribution.
The Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.