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Ethell, Wilfred “Bill”

d. February 24, 2014

Wilfred “Bill” Dean Ethell, age 84, of Athens, passed away on Monday, February 24, 2014 at his home.

He was born June 4, 1929 in Greene County, Illinois, the son of Emmons and Bessie Parkin Ethell. Bill married Lola Young on June 5, 1948 in Athens.

He is survived by his wife, Lola; two sons, Larry (Debbie) Ethell of Athens, Garry (Janet) Ethell of Athens , one daughter, Judy (Robert) Ethell-Glatz of St. Louis, MO; seven grandchildren, Ryan, Erik, Erin, Jennifer, Elise, and Kalab; four great-granddaughters, Alex, Lauren, Avelyn and Brynlee, seven great-grandsons Dominic, William, Pete, Jeret, Landon, Kalab Jr, and Chad; one brother, Emmons “Jack” (Betty) Ethell of Athens; several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Fritz, Mike, Robert “Bob”, and Eldon “Cap” Ethell; two sisters, Bernice Walker and Gladys Johnson; and a grandson, Evan.

Mr. Ethell was a life-long farmer south of Athens until his retirement. He was an active member of the Athens Christian Church, serving his calling as a treasurer, Deacon, Elder, and any place he was needed. He seldom used the word “no” when asked for help.

Only one life now has passed only what’s done for Christ will last.

Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 PM on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the Athens Christian Church.

Funeral services will also be held there at 10:00 AM on Friday, February 28, 2014.

Ken Gennicks will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.

Memorials can be made to Athens Christian Church Building Fund.

Family is being served by Mott & Henning Funeral Home, in Athens, IL.


  1. I was so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was such a sweet and gentle soul. I loved seeing Lola and him at church sitting in their usual spot just behind mom and dad. A great man who will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers with the family.

  2. Uncle Bill was always very special to me..Aunt Lola and all the family has my sympathy.. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Janie (Mowrey) Marquart

  3. Thoughts & prayers for the entire family.

  4. Judy sorry to hear about the loss of your father im sure he is in a better place my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. Dennis McQuinn

  5. Elise and Family, So sorry to hear about the loss of you grandfather; I remember dining with him at your high school dinner show, so many years ago. He ordered me a cup of coffee to have with our desserts and he was so sweet that, even though I’ve never had coffee before or since then, I drank some that night. That memory has stayed with me all this time. Such a lovely man. Thanks for sharing him with the rest of the world. Warm thoughts are with you all. Much love, Carol Evans

  6. Dear Lola and family, I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a good Christian man who has been there for so many families over the years. including mine. I pray that all the fond memories will help bring comfort to all of you.

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