LEXINGTON - William Albert "Bill" Janes, 84, Lexington, died at 6:06 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 7, 2006) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.
His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Calvert & Musselman Funeral Home, Lexington. Burial will follow at Lexington Cemetery, with full military rites conducted by Lexington American Legion Post 291. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Lexington Ambulance Service or the Lexington Community Center.
He was born May 31, 1922, in Lexington, the son of Bert and Elizabeth Rosenberger Janes. He married Barbara Gladys Hardt on Sept. 29, 1942, in Lexington. She survives.
Also surviving are a son, Hank (Mary Lou) Janes, Lexington; a daughter, Pam (Allen) Lanter, Makanda; three grandchildren, Bill (Gerry) Janes and Sue (Dan) Freed, all of Lexington, and Patti (Steve) Maniscalco, Bloomington; four great-grandchildren; a brother, John Janes, Bloomington; and a sister, Nellie Reeder, DeWitt.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Buela Kron, Virginia Eagan, Ruth Tomes and Elizabeth Campton; and three brothers, Elmo, Carl and Delbert.
Bill graduated from Lexington High School in 1941 and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Lexington American Legion Elmo F. Hill Post 291. He worked as a farm hand, on the railroad and then as a mechanic for many years. He enjoyed coaching Little League in his younger days and served as a volunteer fireman.
In 1960, he along with Bill Addems became owners of the Janes & Addems Chevrolet Dealer in Lexington. He retired from the dealership in 1990 to enjoy his farm. He loved hunting, fishing and sporting events. His later years were devoted to his wife and family, especially his pride and joy, Sydney, Gabby, Tony, and Sophi, his great-grandchildren. Bill was never too busy to watch his grandchildren or help a friend in need. He was a wonderful person and will be missed by many.