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NORMAL — William F. Kerber, 81, of Normal, passed away at 9:34 p.m. Sunday (April 9, 2017) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bloomington, with the Rev. Matthew Deptula officiating. Military rites will be accorded by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard. A celebration of Bill's life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bloomington Moose Lodge 745. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Central Catholic High School Building Fund or Marcfirst.

Bill was born Aug. 18, 1935, to Clement and Alice Stretch Kerber. He was born and raised in the Cooksville family home that his father and his uncle Joe Kerber built. He married Velma J. Cox on April 2, 1971, in Colfax. She survives.

He is also survived by four children, Teresa (Gary Biddle) Mann, Heyworth; Toni (Ed) Kerber-Dellow, Frederick, Colo.; Tami (Paul) Schulz, Normal; and A.J. (Jennifer) Kerber, Bloomington; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Jean Miller, Normal; Kate Wade, Bloomington; and Judy Kerber, Colfax; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Evelyn Kerber Stevens Cox and Mary Lou Swailes; two brothers, Little Joe Kerber and Fritz Kerber; and a granddaughter, Brandi Marie Kerber.

Bill was a 1954 graduate of Octavia High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1954 to 1956. He was a hard-working man who always had two jobs. Some of these jobs included farming with his family during his childhood, maintenance for the state of Illinois, co-owning Kerber-Hadaway Standard Gas Station in Colfax with Ronnie Hadaway and working on the Texas pipeline. On July 1, 1969, he was one of the first to join the Normal Fire Department, where he served 26 years as an engineer. He also worked part-time driving tandem trucks for Bill Wright, Stark Excavating Inc., and Mid State Petroleum.

Bill was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He was a NASCAR and Word of Outlaw racing fan and had competed in many euchre tournaments.

To express condolences, please visit www.carmodyflynn.com.

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