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William Edous LaFever

March 24, 1920 November 26, 2018
William Edous LaFever
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Obituary for William Edous LaFever

William “Bill” Edous LaFever, 98, a lifelong Dixon resident, passed away November 26, 2018 at Heritage Square, Dixon and now rejoins his beloved wife, Josephine, in Heaven.

Bill was born March 24, 1920 to Byron and Bess (Edous) LaFever and grew up in Dixon where he attended St. Mary’s grade school and Dixon High School. As youngsters, Bill and his brother Paul, worked with their father in the family retail grocery business, LaFever’s Food Mart. LaFever’s had opened in 1929 and was well known for extending credit and helping families during the difficult years of the Great Depression. On July 4, 1941, Bill married the love of his life, Josephine Bevilacqua, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Bill was a proud veteran of WWII serving his country in the South Pacific from 1943-1946. He was stationed on the island of Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides.

After the war ended, Bill and his brother Paul re-opened LaFever’s Food Mart, which had been closed during the war years, and took over the business as owners until selling the store in 1966. After closing the grocery business, Bill owned and managed successful restaurants for several years in Sterling and Rock Falls with his brother-in-law Tony Bevilacqua, before going to work for Ramada Inn. Bill managed the food and bar service for the Rock Falls Ramada until his retirement in the early 1970’s. He also served the Dixon community as the Commissioner of Public Property in 1962-63. He was a member of St. Patrick’s parish, lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post 12. As a business owner, husband, and father of five, Bill will always be remembered as a fair, honest, loyal and hard-working man of integrity.

In his retirement, Bill loved spending time with friends and family. He and Jo traveled extensively and especially enjoyed their years wintering in Florida with the many friends they had made. He dearly loved being with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His hobbies included gardening, reading and playing bridge. As bridge players go, Bill was a formidable opponent, and when partnered with his wife, was nearly unbeatable. Together Bill and Jo enjoyed 71 years of marriage, always remaining committed to each other, family and church.

Bill is survived by his four children, Bill, Barbara, Jill and Michael and their spouses, 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Byron and Bess LaFever, his brother Paul, his son Bud in 2006 and his beloved wife Josephine in 2012.

Visitation will be 10:00am until time of funeral mass at 11:00am on Saturday, December 1, 2018 all at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Father Keith Romke officiating. Burial will follow the mass at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon with full military honors.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heritage Square or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Bill’s family would like to thank the staff and residents at Heritage Square for their wonderful compassion and excellent care.


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Visitation

Saturday

1

Dec

10:00 AM 12/1/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/1/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Patrick's Catholic Church

612 Highland Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021

St. Patrick's Catholic Church
612 Highland Avenue Dixon 61021 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Saturday

1

Dec

11:00 AM 12/1/2018 11:00:00 AM - 11:45 AM 12/1/2018 11:45:00 AM
St. Patrick's Catholic Church

612 Highland Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021

St. Patrick's Catholic Church
612 Highland Avenue Dixon 61021 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Oakwood Cemetery Final Resting Place

416 South Dement
Dixon, IL 61021

416 South Dement Dixon 61021 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Heritage Square in Dixon

620 N. Ottawa Ave.
Dixon, IL 61021

St. Patrick's Catholic Church

612 Highland Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021
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