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William L. Hillyer

Died: Tue., Jan. 1, 2013

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William L. Hillyer, 72, of Bettendorf, died Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at Trinity Bettendorf.

       Private family services will be held and memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

       Bill was born October 11, 1940 in Bushnell, Illinois, the son of Blake & Letha (Helms) Hillyer.  He was united in marriage to Jacqueline A. Smith on February 25, 1961 in Davenport.

       He had retired from the former Expert Painters in Davenport after over thirty years as a professional painter.

       Bill enjoyed the riverboats, jigsaw puzzles and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

       Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Jackie; his daughters, Debra L. Posey of Davenport, Lori Vearrier of Terre Haute, Indiana and Robi (Rick) Scheel of Davenport;  his son, Rodney Vearrier of Colona, Illinois;  his grandchildren, Karlton (Heather) Posey, Jennifer (Kevin) Van Winkle, Eric Hillyer, Chelsea (Nick) Akright, Brandon Posey, Cameron (Justin) Shelton, Danielle Vearrier, Michelle Harris, Chandler Coronell and Madison Coronell; sixteen great-grandchildren; and his sister, Sandra Sue (Eliseo) Reyna of Moline, Illinois.

       Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Richard Hillyer.

       Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Bill’s obituary at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com.

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Lori and Todd Byerly
   Posted Wed January 02, 2013
Jackie and family, our sympathies to you during this time of deep sadness. Our hearts ache with yours on the loss a fun-loving man. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May the many memories warm your heart and help ease the pain over time. Much love, Lori and Todd

Cindy & Gary
   Posted Wed January 02, 2013
Jackie and Family, I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. You guys are great neighbors. We will miss him as I know you all will. He was always fun to talk to and hang out with. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. If you need anything at all, don't hesitate to let us know.

Tim Byerly
   Posted Wed January 02, 2013
Jackie and Family,
Although shock and disbelief fill our hearts, we want to extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to you and your family. Bill was such a wonderful neighbor and friend to grow-up with. The many memories I have with him and my dad are vast and I will always treasure every one of them. He will be sorely missed. With all of our love, Tim and Janet Byerly

Tanya Chahal
   Posted Wed January 02, 2013
Dear family of Bill,
I am saddened by this news. What a fun man, a great neighbor, my dad's best friend. All the memories are coming back as I think of Bill. The summers spent playing horse shoes, and going to Dairy Queen for banana splits with my dad. It was always a treat to spend the night with my pal Lori. On Fridays we would always go to McDonalds. To the family, the loss is unbearable, but his memory will live on. Keep him in your hearts always. Your love for him will never die. Jackie, I hope you can get together with my mom. You can comfort each other. Love you all, Tanya

Harms Family
   Posted Thu January 03, 2013
Hillyer Family,
We are sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. He will be remembered by many and forgotten by none. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

   Posted Thu January 03, 2013
Jackie & family,

I was very saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He was like a father to me, and I have so many fond memories of time spent with him. He was a good man, and I miss him. Thoughts & prayers with you all.

sue meinert
   Posted Thu January 03, 2013
so sorry to hear of Bills passing.hugs and prayers to you and your family.let me know if there is anything we can do for you.

monica lucas
   Posted Thu January 03, 2013
Jackie,Robi & all of you..so sorry for your loss of a loved one. Heath & I have you in our hearts & prayers. So glad we knew Bill. Please take care & let us know if you need anything. We love you all..Monica

Gerry & Toni Turner
   Posted Thu January 03, 2013
I am very sorry for your loss. God bless.

Bill and Marianne Drake
   Posted Thu January 03, 2013
Jacki, Robbi and Family,

We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Bill.
Our prayer and our heartfelt sympathy is with you and your family in this difficult time .
God will be with you each step of the way.
Our Deepest Sympathy,
Bill & Marianne

Gary and Denise (Harms) Peek
   Posted Thu January 03, 2013
Jackie and family, So sorry to hear about Bill's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

   Posted Thu January 03, 2013
May God raise you up at this difficult time. Thinking of you.

sue ann anderson
   Posted Thu January 03, 2013
Jackie I am so sorry to hear that Bill passed away. He will be missed very much by his family and friends. I wish we could have seen more of everybody but it does not always work that way. I will be thinking of you.

Ruth (Woodford) Sandon
   Posted Fri January 04, 2013
It is a sad day to hear of Bill's passing. God has him in His keeping.
We have him in our hearts.
I never met Bill or you, Jackie, but Sandra Sue (Hillyer) Reyna is a wonderful sister to me. I do not use "In Law". Sandra Sue is much closer to me than that.
Remember you can and your family can build a legacy for Bill through Legacy.com. For all the family, grand children and great grand children and more can visit his guest book for years and years to leave memories for others to read way down the road.
Also, go to www.familysearch.org. Type in Richard Hillyer, fill in born in Illinois from 1875 to 1877, then click search. You will see different entries for the family, including his Civil War headstone. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Richard F. Hillyer Trees. See his Pedigree, you can Click on any name to find more family information. William will be added to this tree once they receive his death information. This familysearch.org is Free.
Thinking of you and your family.
Ruth Sandon

Bobbi & Cliff Smith
   Posted Fri January 04, 2013
Jackie and family,

Our deepest condolences and prayers are being lifted up for you and your family at this time of sorrow. Bill will always remain in your heart.

Cliff always reads the obituaries and was nearly in a state of shock when he saw Bill's. We can only assume that cancer was involved since memorials are to the American Cancer Society.

The last time I saw Bill was at the Bettendorf Goodwill store. I was probably there more frequently than Bill. I can't remember our conversation other than we questioned where large sums of money go when we put it in the stock market. It can be put in one day and then next day it is gone. Where does it go? He must have had a similar experience.

I pray that this finds you in good health. Your family and neighbors will help sustain you. Our prayers are with you and your family. Cliff and Bobbi Smith

   Posted Fri January 04, 2013
Jackie and family,

To say I’m shocked about Bill's passing is an understatement. Spending time with bill was a blast, whether it was at work, going on the boat or having breakfast we always seemed to have fun. He was a great guy and we all will miss him. It seems like it was just yesterday, but the great memories will last a lifetime. He often talked very highly about you.

Our deepest condolences; Scott & Aleisha Patchin

Holly (Westfall) Tracy
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
To Jackie, Robi, and family.... I was so sorry to read of Bill's passing. I have so many fond memories of hanging out at the Hillyer's house... and going on vacation with you all! I was first introduced to McDonald's with you (not sure if that was a *good* introduction, ha ha!)... and also my first introduction to country music (listened to Crystal Gayle on the way down to Florida, if I recall!). I also remember that Robi had the coolest paint design in her room (kudos to Bill for his painting skills!). I always found Robi's folks to be the sweetest and most laid-back parents on the block. You're in my thoughts... best wishes to you in the future.... Love, Holly

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