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William H. “Bill” Engel

d. September 2, 2021

William H. “Bill” Engel, age 95, of Athens, passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at The Villas in Sherman, IL.

He was born October 10, 1925 in Athens, Illinois, the son of Edward F. and Anna Seipel Engel.

Bill married May Jean Kopp at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Athens on December 30, 1945.  She preceded him in death on July 21, 2007.  Bill is also preceded in death by a brother, three sisters, and a nephew.

He is survived by two sons, Bill (wife Barb) Engel of Springfield, Jim (wife Gail) Engel of Petersburg; three grandchildren; Brad (wife Crystal) Engel, Brent (Kate Norris) Engel, and Bre (husband Chris) Macomber; six step-grandchildren, Amanda Gordon (companion Donnie Mulkins), Robert Gaston, Danielle (husband Terrell) Cade, Renee’ (husband Tim) Dempsey, Richard Gaston (companion Kate Vonderbur), and Ryan (wife Bridgett) Gaston; three great-grandchildren; eleven step-great-grandchildren; one niece; two nephews; and cousins.

He graduated from Athens High School.

Bill was a farmer in the rural Athens area his entire life.  He served many years on the Culver Elevator board, also was chairman and member of the Menard County ASCS Committee.

He also was Vice Chairman and Director on the Athens State Bank board for 29 years, as well as serving on the Menard County Planning Commission.  He enjoyed playing golf, bowling, and gardening.

Bill was a lifelong member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Athens.

He was blessed with 40 more years of life after a serious farm accident and was very appreciative for all the support from the area farm community during his recovery.

A special thanks from the family to the staff of The Villas in Sherman for their compassionate care given to Bill during his stay.

His passions in life were faith, family, and farm.

Visitation for Bill will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 10:00 until time of funeral service at 11:30 AM Immanuel Lutheran Church in Athens with Rev. Richard Becker officiating.  Burial at will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens, Illinois.

Memorial contributions can be made to Athens Basic Life Support or donor’s choice.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Bill, Barb and family, so sorry to read this news about your dad, Bill. I know that he was much loved by you, your family and his friends. He will be missed by all of you. May your memories help you through this hard time.

  2. Rest in peace Mr.Engel,I’m sorry for your loss,my condolence and prayers are with you. Bill,Barb and family.God be with you.

  3. Bill, Barb and the entire Engel family, I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was so good to my dad when he was at the Villas a few years ago. He made regular visits and my dad always enjoyed his company. There was a group of area farmers that regularly visited the corner restaurant in Athens for coffee. Your dad and my dad were among the bunch. And what a wonderful bunch they were. I can tell by the kind words in his obituary, that your family was as proud as mine to have been born and raised in a family of farmers. There is no community that is more giving, hard working and selfless. You are blessed beyond measure to have those memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Bill, Barb and family, so sorry to learn of the passing of your dad. May your many beautiful memories bring you comfort comfort at this difficult time.

  5. My deepest sympathies are with all of the Engel family during this time of loss. I always enjoyed speaking with your Dad at the reunions about our work on the two families’ ancestry. He will be greatly missed.

  6. I am saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. However, I believe he and my dad are playing golf right now in heaven.

  7. To the Engel family,

    My sincere sympathy on your loss.
    Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    May all your cherished memories of the wonderful times you shared together bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  8. Dear Jim & Gail,

    We are so sorry for the loss of your father & father-in-law. Losing a loved one is never easy. Please know you & your family are in our thoughts & prayers.

    Marie (Gaston) Fleck & Greg

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