William “Bill” Jennings, 79, of Granite City, passed away at 4:32 p.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.
He was born October, 21, 1934 in Dixon, Missouri, a son of the late Emmett and Viola (Null) Jennings.
On July 2, 1955 he married his high school sweet heart, the former Fannie Roark, in Dixon, Missouri. They celebrated 59 years of marriage.
Bill retired in 1992 after 37 years of working for Granite City Steel – National Steel as a production supervisor. He held a commercial pilot and flight instructor license. He was a former flight instructor for Belleville Area College and was the former owner of Lakeside Airport. Bill also was a prior owner and operator form many years of Laundromats in Granite City and Dixon, Missouri.
From 1990 to 2005, Bill volunteered his time and talents to the community program “Christmas in April” now referred to as “Rebuilding Together”, having served as President and on the Board of Directors. In addition, Bill shared his love of community and his fellow man by working with the Granite City Breakfast Ministry, providing food to those less fortunate. Since his retirement, Bill and Fannie have traveled extensively visiting all 50 states either from their plane or motorhome.
In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Virgil and Trudy Jennings of Granite City and Clarence and Margaret Jennings of Richland, Missouri; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Judy and Robert Lieurance of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; a niece, Brenda and her husband, Joe Rulo of Grafton; three nephews, Donald Jennings of East Alton, Ronald Jennings of Collinsville and Dennis and his wife, Nancy Jennings of Richland, Missouri; three great-nieces; three great-great-nephews; one great-great-niece; and numerous extended family and many wonderful friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Sue; a nephew, Gerald Lieurance and a great-great-niece, Emma Miramontes.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Graveside services will be held at Dixon City Cemetery in Dixon, Missouri on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Granite City Breakfast Ministry or to Dewey Avenue United Methodist Church and may be accepted at the funeral home. www.irwinchapel.com