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Bill Edward Newton

Bill Edward Newton, 77, of Sherman, Illinois, died at 1:40 am, July 7, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born November 13, 1942 in Carbondale, IL, to Robert Ralls and Fannie Alieen (Henley) Newton.  He married Donna Sue Perry on September 26, 1964 and she preceded him in death on September 4, 1999. 

Survivors include two sons, Todd (Tracie) Newton and Sean (Melissa) Newton, both of Sherman; four grandchildren Grant, Bryce, Nick (Brittani) and Emma Newton. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Bill was a member of First United Methodist Church in Springfield.  He was a graduate of SIU in Carbondale and served on the SIU Board for the School of Engineering.   He was a member of Goreville Masonic Lodge and was listed in the Who’s Who National Organization of Engineers.  He was a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.  Bill was a member of the Titanic Historical Society.

He retired as an Electrical Engineer from CIPS/Ameren.

Pappy spent his retirement years traveling Europe, San Francisco, attending his grandchildren’s’ sporting events and enjoying the company of his family and friends.  He touched many lives and will be missed.

Visitation will be held from 5 - 7 p.m., Monday, July 13, 2020 at Staab Funeral Home – Sherman. A private funeral service will be held.

A second visitation will be held from 1 – 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville, IL followed by burial at 2:30 p.m. at Cana Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Bill was a student in several of my classes in electrical engineering many years ago. His intelligence and enthusiasm were remarkable. After his graduation, we kept in contact by way of Christmas cards and email. His editions of Gorevillisms were always welcome. I join his family and friends in grief with at least some relief by thoughts of Bill booking cruises around Heaven for him and Donna.

C. A. Rawlings Jul 15 2020 2:16 AM

I didn't know him well as I was already married when he was born, but I knew Ralls and Aileen well. I went to Gore ville High School 3 years and all my Mother's family were from that area. Always sorry to hear of a loved ones passing. God bless.

Emalene Childers Wilcox Jul 13 2020 4:08 PM

My Mom, Juanita June Perry Stroud Deere, and Donna were cousins. We always enjoyed the Christmas letter Bill sent every year telling about his travels. We also enjoyed the pictures Bill sent that let us know about his family. Our thoughts are with you all and we will be praying for you this week. - The Perry Cousins Reunion

Renee Stroud-Witt Jul 11 2020 6:33 PM

Mike and I have many happy memories of Bill and Donna. Every Christmas I put the ornaments on my tree that Donna got my boys when they were 2 & 3 years old.... and they are not 49 and 50!!! So those ornament and memories have been around a long time. So sorry to hear of everyone's loss who knew and love Bill on this earth but now he will be with the love of his life, Donna.

Wanda Cain Jul 10 2020 1:32 PM