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William S. "Billy" Grawey

July 3, 1944 August 1, 2018
William S. "Billy" Grawey
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Obituary for William S. "Billy" Grawey

Peoria- William S. “Billy” Grawey, age 74, passed away after a short illness, on Wednesday, August 01, 2018 at his home with his loving wife Carolyn and family by his side.

He was born in Chicago on July 3, 1944 the oldest of William J. and Madeline (Callahan) Grawey. He wed Carolyn Hofmann in Geneva, Illinois on September 14, 1973. She survives along with their daughters Sarah (Isaac) Ackerman of Peoria, Lisa Koch of Peoria, and Melissa O’Neill of Western Springs, IL; as well as his beloved grandchildren Amelia and Lillie Ackerman, Victoria Koch, and Domenic O’Neill.

Billy, as he was fondly known to all, is also survived by his siblings, Sue Grawey of Peoria, Rick (Anne) of Dunlap, IL, Tim (Michelle), Terry (Eileen) both of Peoria, Tracy (Joe) Purtscher of Bradford, IL, and Becky (Tom) Heaton of Savannah, GA. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws survive. His parents and nephew, Matt Grawey predeceased him.

Billy attended Peoria’s Richwoods High School freshman year and graduated from Roosevelt Military Academy in Aledo, IL in 1963. He was the third generation owner of Peoria Auto Parts Co., established in 1917 by his grandfather William F. Grawey. Billy was an astute businessman. He developed and founded, BDI Industrial Supply and simultaneously operated both enterprises for many years. He toiled long hours, was at “the store” seven days a week, and rarely took time off. Billy never retired. Until six weeks ago he continued to sit at his desk, clad in his usual jeans, t shirt, and loafers but no socks. He made “the hard decisions,” supervised his “crack staff” and played cards on the computer.

During World War II, Billy’s dad trained at Great Lakes Naval Station prior to shipping out to Hawaii. After Billy was born the nurse handed him to his mother and noted that her husband was serving in war and predicted her son would do the same. Those words proved prophetic. Billy was drafted into the Army in 1966, served in Vietnam, and was discharged in 1968.

Billy will be remembered not only for the love he showed his family and his work ethic, but also for his words of wisdom. “No hill for a climber” was a creed he lived by. He steadfastly scaled every mountain he faced and conquered it. “You snooze you lose; you snore you pay more” taught us to persevere in our goals. His sense of humor was legend. He always kept us laughing. Billy cautioned us not to make rash decisions, but consider all angles of an issue and “sleep on it.” Occasionally we’d pause to process what he said, “the closer I get to being a little bit older,” for example. But we knew what he meant. If one was a little confused Billy quipped you didn’t know if you were “on foot or horseback.”

Children eagerly looked forward to and enjoyed Billy’s tales of Iggy McGoo from Kickapoo who worked in the feather factory. After giving advice to a little one, Billy would give a knowing wink, cock his head, nod, and say “you know what I mean jelly bean.”

Billy was unpretentious and genuine. Throughout his life he unselfishly helped others and performed numerous acts of kindness. He never mentioned them. The good deed only became known when the recipient talked about it. Billy was embarrassed by a thank you. He’d shrug his shoulders, say “no big deal” and change the subject.

He faced life with fortitude and death with no fear. He often said, “when they pull that time card in the sky…”. Billy, you have faithfully and perfectly performed your job of husband, father, grandfather, big brother, uncle, friend and employer. You will be loved forever and deeply missed.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 5, 2018 between the hours of 3:00 PM till 6:00 PM at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Wright & Salmon Mortuary with an additional visitation being held one hour prior to services. Father David Richardson will officiate and burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Peoria.

In Lieu of flowers memorials in Billy’s memory may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, Development/Run Office, 4722 N. Sheridan Road - Peoria, IL 61614 or the Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois Chapter, 612 W. Glen Avenue - Peoria, IL 61614, in memory of Billy’s father.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Sunday

5

Aug

3:00 PM 8/5/2018 3:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 8/5/2018 6:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Visitation

Monday

6

Aug

9:30 AM 8/6/2018 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 8/6/2018 10:30:00 AM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Funeral Service

Monday

6

Aug

10:30 AM 8/6/2018 10:30:00 AM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Joseph Cemetery Final Resting Place

2105 W. Heading Ave.
West Peoria, IL 61604

2105 W. Heading Ave. West Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Jude Midwest Affiliate

Alzehimers Association-Local

612 West Geln Avenue
Peoria, IL 61614
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