BLOOMINGTON - William H. "Bill" Daily, 83, Bloomington, formerly of rural Lexington, died at 2:39 p.m. Thursday (June 7, 2007) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Kibler-Smith Memorial Home, Bloomington. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at First Christian Church of Bloomington. Pastor Ray Cameron will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded and interment of ashes will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Pleasant View Cemetery in Kenney.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church of Bloomington or to the American Heart Association in his memory.
Bill was born Feb. 17, 1924, in rural Kenney, a son of James Daily and Leah Brake Daily. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Kenney High School in 1942.
Bill farmed most all of his life and came to Danvers in 1947 to farm. He has been a lifelong resident of McLean County since.
From 1956 to 1961, Bill farmed in partnership with Robert Linneman of Bloomington, producing hybrid seed corn. They devised a system for continuous corn that placed them among the architects of the agricultural revolution of the 1950s. Bill was one of the largest and most successful seed corn growers for Funk Seed Co.
He was a member of the Scottish Rite Consistory and Masonic Lodge in Danvers for more than 50 years. Bill had served on the board of the First Christian Church in Stanford as president for many years and was at the time of his passing, a deacon with the First Christian Church in Bloomington.
He married Niola Thompson on March 18, 1946, in Clinton. She survives.
In addition to his wife, Niola, Bill is survived by two daughters, Jean (Rodger Melick) Daily, Danvers, and DiAnn Daily, Indianapolis, Ind.; and two sisters, Bette (Bill) Johnston, Bloomington, and Rosemary Finfrock, Clinton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Junior and Robert Daily; and one sister, Dorothy Johnston.