William “Bill” H. Wilson, age 67, of Chicago, IL, passed away on May 17, 2021. He was born December 29, 1953 in Chicago, IL to his loving parents, Herbert and Claire P. Wilson (née Shaw).

Bill attended Northwest Lutheran Elementary School, and Walther Lutheran High School, Class of 1971. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1980, proudly serving his country for four years, and rising to the rank of Corporal when he was honorably discharged in 1984. He earned a Rifle Marksman Badge, Meritorious Mast, and Good Conduct Medal.

Bill worked for many years as a cross country semi-truck driver, a job he loved. He was a human GPS; he knew every highway and mile marker in the USA.

Bill enjoyed camping, and the simple life. He was a big fan of Elvis Presley’s music. Loved ones will remember him as very social. He loved to talk to people and made many friends.

Bill is survived by his children, Bill Wilson, Jr., Kenny Wilson and Michelle Wilson; siblings, Steve (Cindy) Wilson, Carol (Tony) Scipione, Kathy (Greg) Burroughs, and Debra (Mark) Tole; grandchildren, Emma, Dominick, and Ryley; and nieces and nephews, Steve, Richard, Joe, Kristen, Chris, Jennifer, Lauren, Scott, Heather, Johnny, and Ryan.

Visitation will be 5:00pm until funeral service at 7:00pm, Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120. Rev. Cheri Tuccy will be officiating, and full military honors will be presented at the end of the service.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Bill’s name to either the the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home.  For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadison.com.

6 Replies to “William H. Wilson”

  1. Bill was a friend of mine for over 60 years. We had so many good times together it would be almost impossible to remember them all. Camping, Florida trips, street racing and Home Run Inn pizza all come to mind. Rest In Peace my good friend.

  2. Backing up Dann’s comments – he was my grade-school classmate and fellow St. Michaels Lutheran Church member. And his ties to the Marines meant a lot to him. Those trips to Home Run Inn were some of the best…..fast cars, good friends and pizza!

  3. Dearest Bill, I will miss you so much. I enjoyed talking to you and seeing you. Your in a better place, no longer suffering.

  4. Bill was the Coolest guy of all time. I spent a lot of time with him after he got sick and I always looked forward to seeing him everyday and watching Fox News with him. We would talk politics and football everyday. Bill was a true man a great guy and I’m thankful I got to know him. RIP Bill. It was an honor to know you

  5. Bill and I have known each other for almost 11 years which isn’t a drop in the bucket of time. The year we met it was winter in the NW we were in Washington. He could have given me the information I asked for and went on… but maybe he saw something I didn’t even know I needed… him… he stayed with me all day until we got close to Seattle. I got off to go to the truckstop and he kept going. I never thought I’d see him again in a couple days later he ran into him again who would’ve thought. (And after that we were like peas and carrots. LOL to coin my new husband‘s favorite movie). He was my friend, road buddy, mentor, and love. He use to tell me how we would get married on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, keep our own trucks,Vacation having a blast. Just us keeping each other wake. Talking for countless hours laughing and having funds we drove drop the road. I can hear he say…” got go, got go!” He was a human GPS but I gave him the new technology of how to look at road conditions when the weather was awful. He was so impressed. LOL I every year until he got sick we would meet up have a meal together and I would have found something new with Elvis on it to give to him. I will miss him dearly. I loved him very much. I hate that I was unable to attend his funeral due to me having Covid. I sincerely send my condolences. With all my love.

  6. So sorry to hear about bill passing away. I met him when I was a teenager at my dads gas station we worked together for a couple summers. He told me was going to teach me everything I needed to know about people in one summer and he did. He told me I always have your back if anyone messes with you and he did. We rode snowmobiles together in the winter. He was a stand up guy for sure. RIP MY FRIEND

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