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William M. Setchell
(January 17, 1921 - August 14, 2013)

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William M. Setchell

William Mortimer Setchell, 92, of Mendota died peacefully in his home at 3:30 a.m. Aug. 14, 2013. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church, Mendota, with the Rev. Michael Morrell officiating. Burial will be at Restland Cemetery , Mendota. Visitation is two hours prior to service Saturday in the church. Merritt Funeral Home , Mendota , provided the arrangements. Mr. Setchell was born Jan. 17, 1921, in Harris Hospital, Mendota to Clifford and Ethel (Stone) Setchell. He married Lois Irene Sibigtroth on July 2, 1944, in Mendota. He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Mendota where he served in many positions including Sunday school teacher, church treasurer and choir. He was a more than 50-year member of Mendota Rotary Club and received Paul Harris Fellowship recognition. He also was a lifelong member of Masonic Lodge. He was a farmer who loved working with the land. For many years he sold insurance with Jackson National Life; was a member of La Salle County Farm Bureau; served as a docent for Mendota Museum and Historical Society and La Salle County Historical Society; was a Red Coat at Mendota Community Hospital and had various involvements in 4-H over many years. His passions were music, gardening and traveling with his wife. He is survived by two sons, William Richard “Dick” (Patti) Setchell of Mendota and Randall (Marzita) Setchell of La Salle; one daughter, Marilee Setchell (Leo) Smith of LeClaire, Iowa; five grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three stepgreat- grandchildren; two stepgreat- great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth (Setchell) Heagy of Redmond, Ore., and Myrtle (Setchell) Hitchins of Peru; and one brother, Floyd (Elaine) Setchell of Mendota. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Lois (Sibigtroth) Setchell on June 15, 2010; and a daughter, Susan Elizabeth Setchell in 2000. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to Paul Fellows Scholarship Fund of Rotary International or the donor’s choice.

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