ROANOKE — William "Bill" Jarrad, 81, of Roanoke, passed to his heavenly home at 12:27 p.m. Monday (Dec. 29, 2014) at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Bill was born April 26, 1933, in Sparland, to George F. and Lillian Hunt Jarrad. He married Marianne R. Sansone on Aug. 30, 1952, in Denver, Colo. They enjoyed 46 years of marriage before she preceded him in death in 1998. He married Sharol L. Martin on March 17, 2000, in Eureka. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Sandra (Rick) Durham, Charleston, and and Cynthia (Jeffery) Schwiderski, Toluca; two stepchildren, Chrystal Barnes, Marshfield, Mo., and Patrick Sprague, Seymour, Mo. Bill leaves four grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and his brother.
Bill graduated from Roanoke Victory High School in 1951, following an outstanding prep career as a pitcher. He continued to use his talents in baseball and photography while serving his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956 during the Korean War. Bill returned to Illinois following his service and worked for 31 years for Caterpillar Tractor Co., first as an assemblyman and then as a police officer. Bill also worked for the city of Roanoke as a police officer in the 1960s. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 463 and a parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Roanoke, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Bill’s love of the outdoors was known to all. He participated in fishing, hunting, riding his scooter and enjoying nature with his family and friends. Bill was an adoring father to his daughters and a proud grandfather to his grandchildren, whether it was teaching them to fish or watching their school events. He had a deep faith in God and approached life with a stewardship for His creation that will be an everlasting memorial for all who knew him.
Visitation for family and friends will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke with rosary at 4:45 p.m. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Roanoke. Burial with military rites will follow at Roanoke Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.