William E. “Bill” Cofel, 81, a Loda businessman died at 7:32 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Hospice of Palm Beach County, Boynton Beach, Florida.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Federated Church of Paxton, 221 W. Center Street, Paxton with Pastor Colleen Lawrence officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Loda with Military Honors by the U.S. Army National Guard.
Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E Pells Street, Paxton.
Mr. Cofel was born September 28, 1931 in Chicago the son of Merle and Eileen Preston Cofel. He married Ann Healey September 6, 1953 at the Federated Church of Paxton. She survives.
He is also survived by one daughter, Beth (Terry) Boman of Loda; six grandchildren, Christopher Cofel, Jonathan Frichtl, Megan (Josh) Kaiser, Taylor Cofel, Lauren Boman, William Boman; four great grandchildren; one sister, Merlene (Robert) Garber of Glen Burnie, MD; a brother-in-law, John (Ann) Healey of Loda; two nephews and one niece.
Mr. Cofel was preceded in death by his parents and one son, William Cofel.
Mr. Cofel graduated from South Shore High School in 1949. He attended the University of Illinois where he received a Bachelor’s Degree. He served in the United States Army 1954-1956 where he achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant stationed in Fort Benning, GA and Munich, Germany. After his military service, he went to work with his father-in-law, Weaver Healey and was soon joined by his brother-in-law, John Healey in Loda Poultry. They were later joined by Robert Thorstenson in the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise. He retired from Loda Poultry where he was both President and Operations Manager.
Bill was a member of the Federated Church of Paxton, the University of Illinois Psi Upsilon Fraternity, the President’s Council and Foundation of the U of I, Paxton Chamber of Commerce, Paxton Rotary Club and Chairman of the Paxton United Fund. He received the Honorary I in 1982. He was president of the Quarterback Club, Lakeview Country Club, Property Owners Association at Quail Ridge, FL, National Independent Food and Poultry Distribution Association. In 1986 he was National Independent Food and Poultry Distribution Association Man of the Year.
Bill enjoyed golfing and traveling. He was an avid Illini football and basketball fan and Chicago White Sox fan. Memorials may be made to the William E. and Ann Healey Cofel Scholarship U of I Foundation, Federated Church of Paxton, PBL Education Foundation or an organization of the donor’s choice.
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