William Eugene Redeker of Shell Point Retirement Community, Fort Myers, Florida (formerly of Elgin, IL) passed away on March 22, 2017.
Born in Elgin, Illinois April 17, 1919 to Ernest Henry Redeker and Ethel (Bosworth) Redeker, he was educated in the public schools of Elgin and graduated from The Elgin Academy and Amherst College where he majored in economics.
Married July 11, 1941 to Carol Gilbert, daughter of Carey A. and Dagna E. Gilbert of Elgin. Subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces and was called to duty in the Navy. Served in World War II from 1942 to 1945 aboard the USS MacKenzie DD614 in the North Atlantic, European, North African and Mediterranean Theatres, being placed on terminal leave in December 1945 with the rank of LT. USNR.
Upon return to civil life, he resumed a career in commercial banking with the Union National Bank & Trust Company of Joliet, IL and subsequently with the First National Bank of Elgin where he filled many positions, retiring as Chairman of the Board of directors. During his business career he was active in the civic life of the community serving as one of the founding directors of the Elgin Junior Chamber of Commerce, a director of the Elgin YMCA, the United Way of Greater Elgin, the advisory Board of St. Joseph’s Hospital and other organizations.
Bill and his wife, Carol, were outdoor enthusiasts, environmentalists and enjoyed traveling and camping. A lifelong sailor, he was a member of the Lake Geneva (WI) and Racine (IL) Yacht Clubs. Starting in the 1950s Bill and Carol vacationed at Ft. Myers Beach, FL and eventually retired there.
Bill is survived by Carol, his wife of 75 years; daughters Mary Ann of Seattle, WA; Martha (Robert Carter) Redeker of Salt Lake City, UT; grandson Joel (Cynthia) Carter of Memphis, TN; granddaughter Hannah (Tico) Pringle and great-grandsons Trey and Ty of Salt Lake City, UT. Bill was preceded in death by his sister Margaret Redeker Filby.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 2 PM at the Social Center on the Island at Shell Point Retirement Community. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to The Nature Conservancy at www.nature.org/Donate or to a charity of your choice in memory of William Redeker. Please visit www.harvey-engelhardt.com to leave a condolence to his family and to view updated service information.