William U. “Bill” Strasen, 81 of Staunton, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Fountain View Manor in Granite City. He was born on April 5, 1936, in Tamalco, Illinois, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert U. Strasen.
He married Caroline Pass Ivey on April 15, 1994, in Bunker Hill and she survives. Bill served in the U.S. Air Force for six years. He worked as a tool and die maker at Boeing in St. Louis, Missouri, retiring April 30, 1998. He was a past member of the Staunton American Legion Post #362.
He is survived by his wife, Caroline Strasen of Staunton; five children, William, DelLoreen, Dennis, John (Debbie), and Richard (Julie); five step-children, David (Carmen), Donald, Charles, Darla (Rick) and Doyle; 22 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; one brother, Robert (Carole) Strasen of Brownsville, IN; two sisters, Carol Jean Van Huss of Swansea and Joan Ann Flath of Troy; one sister-in-law, Linda (Herb) Sievers of Staunton; and mother-in-law, Elizabeth Pass of Staunton.
There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be held Friday, January 12, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton. The Staunton Military Honor Guard will conduct graveside rites. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the Staunton American Legion Post #362.
Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.