Billie Edwin “Bill” Dobbins, Jr., 73, of Hamilton, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at his home in Hamilton, Illinois.
Bill was born on September 22, 1946, in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of Billie E. Dobbins, Sr., and Claudine (Peggy) Heagy. On February 9, 1968, he married his highschool sweetheart Barbara David in Hamilton, Illinois.
Bill owned his own autobody shop in the 60’s and early 70’s. He had worked at First Miss, Inc. and then worked as Street Superintendent with the City of Hamilton for twenty-eight years, retiring from that job in 2012.
In years past he served as President of the Park Board for ten years and was also on the Hamilton Tourism Committee. He enjoyed helping out with the Bass Fishing Tournaments.
Bill also thoroughly enjoyed woodworking and working on his cars, an ’82 El Camino and a ’66 Nova SS. He and Barb loved attending concerts, antiquing, flea markets and going to the Glenn Miller Orchestra festival. Bill was the definition of a people-person, he never met a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand.
Bill is survived by his wife of fifty-one years Barbara Dobbins of Hamilton; his daughter Lori (Raymond) Stinson of Hamilton; his son Brent (Jill) Dobbins of Hamilton; two brothers: Ted (Linda) Bush of Manchester, Iowa; and Tim (Beth) Heagy; his sister Tina (Weldin) Morris of Milan, Illinois; and four grandchildren: Alexis (Victor Hernandez) Tallman of Hamilton; Caleb Stinson of Hamilton; and Mikayla and Hannah Dobbins of Hamilton. Other survivors include several half brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents.
Bill’s life will be celebrated with a memorial service at 10 am on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at Printy Funeral Home in Hamilton, with burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Hamilton. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, December 2, from 3 to 8 pm, with family meeting friends from 6 to 8 pm.
Memorials may be directed to Lee County Hospice.
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