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William Francis Colan

March 11, 1922 August 7, 2008
William Francis Colan
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PEORIA-William Francis Colan of Peoria, died on Thursday, August 7, 2008 at Lutheran Hillside Village. He was born on March 11, 1922 in Omaha, NE to Joseph and Gertrude Gillen Cohn. He married Eleanor R. Howell on November 19, 1944 in Omaha, NE. He was loved in turn and survived by his wife, Eleanor, four sons, Richard, Mark, Patrick and Philip (Beth); three daughters, Christina(Paul) Sullwold, Cynthia Wegner (Robert), and Claudia van Dijk (Willem); twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Kathryn Serlet; and one brother, Robert (Norine) who will all dearly miss his wisdom, humor and grace. He served our country during World War II in the Army and Air Force for six years, graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota. He then joined Caterpillar in 1948, retiring as Director of Data Processing in 1985. He loved to golf and fish (and to tell about it). He loved color, woodworking, the outdoors, his flowers and his gardens. He served as Board President of the Sangamon Valley and Peoria Chapters of the National Association of Accountants, as a member of the Research Committee for the National Association of Accountants in New York, and on the Mission Advisory Board of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. During his time in Decatur, IL, he served on the Mayor’s Commission of Industrial Development, on the Board of Directors and Budget Committee for the United Fund, and as an officer in the Boy Scouts of America. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Edward Catholic Church in Chillicothe, IL with Rev. Glenn Harris officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the mass at the church. Cremation rites accorded. Graveside services for inurnment of ashes will be at 2:30 p.m. on Monday at Resurrection Mausoleum. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Edward Catholic Church, the United Way or the Lutheran Hillside Village Benevolent Fund. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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